Cycle the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Burgos

Stage 1 of 3

257.6km

7 days

Comfort

Popular time

september

Starting from

€850

Overall

Distance:

42.7 min | 51.5km average | 70.4 max

Ascent:

921.7 min |1014.6m average | 1137 max

Cardio:

4   4.4   5

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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 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.

Pamplona

Pamplona

The city is famous for its ‘Running of the Bulls’ festival each July! Once you arrive in one of Spain’s most famous and historical cities, take in the Gothic-style architecture and walk through the streets that inspired Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises. From mediaeval city walls to the impressive La Catedral de Santa María la Real de Pamplona, you can easily spend hours wandering the streets and working up an appetite to enjoy either a traditional Basque-influenced dish or a more modern fusion style.

La Riojo Wine region

La Rioja Wine Region

Take advantage of your freedom to detour from the Camino and visit one of the many wineries along the way. La Rioja Wine is the most famous wine region in all of Spain, with many award-winning vintages to try. Visit some of these amazing vineyards 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

Burgos

Burgos city stands out for its well preserved mediaeval architecture but the jewel in its crown is the Cathedral of Santa Maria. Predominantly Gothic in style, it is one of the most beautiful in Spain 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 art works to the starry dome that covers the tombs of El Cid and Doña Jimena, the Cathedral is well worth a visit.

Cycle the Camino Frances from Roncesvalles to Burgos

Starting from € 850

RONCESVALLES

BURGOS

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

RONCESVALLES

With its collegiate church, old monastery and the impressive 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 heading to the tomb of St James in the city of Santiago as this is where all pilgrims travelling via the French Way gather to to start their journey to Santiago de Compostela. Set at the foothills of the Pyrenees, this peaceful place seems to exist because of, and for, the pilgrims travelling on the Camino.

Day

2

42.7 km

RONCESVALLES PAMPLONA

Leaving the Pyrenees behind us, we head towards Pamplona through the undulating terrain of the Basque Country via woodlands and hilly cultivated lands. One section of this route today ascends an elevation of nearly 500m. This can be tough going but is ultimately very rewarding when you arrive in Pamplona.

Day

3

44.4 km

PAMPLONA ESTELLA

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 (an elevation of 750m) before heading down to Puente de la Reina, where the French and Aragonese Ways to the city of Santiago meet. The second half of the day sees another change in landscapes as red earth crop fields fall away and charming villages and vineyards begin to appear.

Day

4

50.1 km

ESTELLA LOGRONO

Today is another beautiful day, travelling through vineyards and red earth crop fields. We also pass by a few famous landmarks of the Camino de Santiago 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 the well-known wine producing region of La Rioja.

Day

5

50 km

LOGRONO 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. This day can be seen as challenging as there are many ups and downs all day long and little shade.

Day

6

70.4 km

SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA BURGOS

The day is spent walking through hilly crop fields, crossing a few quiet villages before getting back to civilisation in the city of Burgos. This can be a demanding day as the length is challenging and there are a number of steep gradients to tackle – but the final destination in Burgos is well worth it!

Day

7

km

BURGOS

After breakfast we bid you farewell. Burgos still preserves important vestiges of its mediaeval 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 walk along the banks of the Duero and Arlanza rivers or discover the delicious and varied local cuisine in one of the city’s restaurants.

How to Get There

Getting to Roncesvalles, Spain

Roncesvalles is in Spain but it is best to fly into Biarritz in the south of France as Roncesvalles is on the Spanish-French border.

Fly into Biarritz, France

A number of airlines from Ireland, the UK and across European capital cities – including Ryanair, EasyJet, and Air France (via Orly) – fly into Biarritz Airport.

Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz Airport is located just 3km from Biarritz. However, it is a much better option to go to the train station in the city of Bayonne (not Biarritz), just a few kilometres further away. Take the train from Biarritz Airport to Bayonne train station. The journey takes around 15 minutes and will cost around €5. The bus stop to the train in Bayonne is in front of the airport terminal.

From there, there are direct trains from Bayonne to St-JeanPieddePort (this journey lasts approximately 1 hour). You can then take a taxi to Roncesvalles (around 10 minutes).

    Fly into Paris

    Virtually all airlines fly to Paris from Ireland, the UK and across European capital cities. From there, you can take a train into the centre of Paris and, from Paris Montparnasse, you can take a train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Then, take a direct train to Bayonne. You can then take a taxi to Roncesvalles (around 10 minutes).

      Getting home from Burgos, Spain

      To fly back home, from Burgos, the easiest airport to fly from is Bilbao, Santander, or Madrid.

      Fly from Bilbao

      The journey from Burgos to Bilbao Airport can be done by train takes 3 hours 40 minutes, while the bus takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

        Fly from Santander

        The bus from Burgos to Santander Airport takes 3 hours.

          Fly from Madrid

          The journey from Burgos to Madrid Airport can be done by train and takes 3 hours 40 minutes, while the bus takes 2 hours 40 minutes.

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            This is a hilly section down from the Pyrenees and through the La Rioja wine region to the city of Burgos.
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