Cycle the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Burgos
Starting in Roncesvalles, this leg of the French Way will bring you to the vibrant city of Burgos. This section is great for cyclists who want to enjoy different landscapes, from the foothills of the Pyrenees to hilly fields of sunflowers, from woodland to red earth vineyards. It also has many historical cities as well as picturesque towns, and visitors can enjoy different regional cultures as they journey from the Basque Country to Castilla y Leon, not to mention the wine-dedicated region of La Rioja.
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The city famous for it’s running bulls! One of Spain’s most famous and historical cities, take in the gothic-style architecture and walk through the streets that inspired Hemingway’s ‘The Sun Also Rises’. From Medieval city walls to impressive La Catedral de Santa María la Real de Pamplona. Spend time wandering the streets and working up an appetite. Enjoy either a traditional Basque influenced dish or a more modern fusion style dish, Pamplona has it all!
La Rioja Wine Region
Take advantage of your freedom to detour from the Camino and visit one of the many wineries along the way. The La Rioja Wine is the most famous wine region of Spain with many award-winning wineries. Visit some of these along the way and don’t forget to also sample some of the wonderful traditional dishes. No matter what your dietary preferences, you will find something to pair nicely with your wine.
Burgos city stands out for its well preserved medieval architecture but the jewel in its crown is the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Predominantly Gothic in style it is one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in Spain. It is also one of its largest, so it is no surprise that it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the embellished exterior with its spiral towers to its splendid interior rich in artworks and the starry dome that covers the tombs of El Cid and Doña Jimena – the Cathedral is well worth a visit. Open daily and with a discount for pilgrims, this is a must-see!
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With its collegiate church, old monastery and chapel of Santiago, Roncesvalles has a strong link to the Camino de Santiago. It is also one of the major spots of all the routes to the tomb of St James as this is where all pilgrims gather to to start their journey to Santiago de Compostela via the French Way. Set at the foothills of the Pyrenees (Alt. 1000m), this peaceful place seems to exist because of, and for, the Camino.
Day 2 42.7km
Leaving the Pyrenees behind us, we cycle down to Pamplona (Alt. 450m) through the undulating terrain of the Basque Country via woodlands and hilly cultivated lands, before reaching the capital city of the region of Navarra – Pamplona.
Day 3 44.6km
As soon as we leave Pamplona, we notice a drastic change in landscape: sunflowers and cereal fields surround us as we pass el Alto del Perdon (Alt. 750m) before heading down to Puente de la Reina, where the French and Aragonese Ways to Santiago meet. The second half of the day sees another progression in landscapes as red earth crop fields, charming villages and vineyards begin to appear.
Day 4 49.9km
Today is another beautiful day, cycling through vineyards and red earth crop fields. We also pass by a few famous landmarks of the Camino such as the Monasterio of Irache and its bodega, and the steep climb up to Villamayor de Monjardin. Shade also decreases as we get closer and closer to Logrono, capital city of world-known wine producing region of La Rioja.
Day 5 49.9km
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
Yet another great cycling day, along red earth tracks and through the countryside of La Rioja. As the day goes on, we notice vines start to disappear and are replaced by more cereal fields as we approach Santo Domingo de la Calzada, another great milestone on the Camino de Santiago . This day can be seen as challenging as there are many ups and downs all day long and little shade.
Day 6 70.5km
SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
The day is spent through hilly crop fields, crossing a few quiet villages before getting back to civilisation in Burgos. This can be a demanding day as the length is challenging and because of the ascent/descent – but the final destination in Burgos worth it!
After breakfast we bid you farewell. Burgos still preserves important vestiges of its medieval splendour. The city, which was the capital of the unified kingdom of Castilla-Leon for five centuries, boasts a masterpiece of Spanish Gothic architecture; the Cathedral of Burgos (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Apart from a visit to the historic quarter, you can take quite an interesting walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers. Discover the delicious and varied local cuisine in one of the city’s restaurants.
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