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FRENCH WAY

Since the discovery of the tomb of St. James at Compostela, in the ninth century, the Camino de Santiago became the most important pilgrimage route of medieval Europe. The countless pilgrims who, moved by their faith, made their way to Compostela from all European countries, served as the starting point of an entire artistic, social and economic development that left its mark throughout the whole Camino de Santiago .

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With BECICLON you can do WAY…

With your bike

NO DIRECT ASSISTANCE

  • Guide service / support vehicle
  • Hotel in Astorga
  • Hotel in Ponferrada
  • Hotel in Cebreiroo
  • Hotel in Portomarín
  • Hotel in Arzúa
  • Hotel in Santiago
  • 24 h. from our base

FROM 1020 €
per person

With regular bike

MAXIMUM SUPPORT

  • Vacation regular bike
  • Hotels in Astorga, Ponferrada, Cebreiro, Portomarín, Arzúa and Santiago
  • Rental car and trailer
  • Bike Reservation
  • Guide service
  • Service-mechanical driver
  • Including tolls and fuel

FROM 1185 €
per person

With electric bike

MAXIMUM SUPPORT

  • Vacant electrical bike PREMIUM
  • Hotels in Astorga, Ponferrada, Cebreiro, Portomarín, Arzúa and Santiago
  • Rental car and trailer
  • Bike backup and backup battery
  • Guide service
  • Chauffeur-mechanical
  • Including tolls and fuel

FROM 1295 €
per person

(All items: MINIMUM GROUP 4 PEOPLE)

These rates are in correspondence with the last 6 stages of the French Way from Leon. We also offer the same services for the entire Camino from Roncesvalles or wherever you choose. If you have designed your own version of Camino, you want to know other options or you have a minimum of four people to form the group, do not hesitate to Contact us to find out the possibilities and alternatives(speak english). All accommodations offered are hotels, cottages or Paradores first level.

And if you want to know more about how to prepare your Camino, check out our section: LOGISTIC SUPPORT

1

LEÓN - ASTORGA

Starting stage

LEÓN

Cathedral of Leon

Born as a Roman military camp of the Legio VI Victrix to 29 a. C., their long journey through history has endowed it with a rich historical and architectural heritage, in which his situation forced the Camino has had.

You cannot miss…

Cathedral of Leon

Catedral de LeónThe Pulchra Leonine, dedicated to Santa Maria de Regla, houses one of the largest collections of medieval stained glass in the world. It began in the thirteenth century, it is one of the great works of Gothic style of French influence. It is known for overemphasizing the "dematerialization" of Gothic art, reducing the walls to a minimum to be replaced by colored stained glass.

Itinerary

  • León
  • Trobajo del Camino
  • La Virgen del Camino
  • Valverde de la Virgen
  • San Miguel del Camino
  • Villadangos del Páramo
  • San Martín del Camino
  • Puente de Órbigo
  • Hospital de Órbigo
  • Villares de Órbigo
  • Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias
  • Estébanez de la Calzada
  • San Justo de la Vega
  • Astorga

Our Recommendations

  • Wet Quarter: You can not leave León a trip to the Wet neighborhood and delight in its fantastic assortment of delicacies and nurtured land. Many bars with exquisite tapas and beers..

Accommodation

  • OWe recommend the hotel chain AC for its value / price and good service they offer. They are also good choices the Square and Via de la Plata hotels in central Astorga.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • DIFFICULTY: Normal
  • DURATION: 5 hours
  • DISTANCE: 49 km
  • COMMENTS:
    • The tour does not have unevenness.
    • If we headwind will be annoying and can hinder progress.
    • Ask about the legend of Puente del Paso in Hospital Órbig…
  • MAXIMUM LIFT: --- m

Beciclon

WHAT TO SEE

  • San Martín del Camino. San Martin was a French bishop who welcomed pilgrims under his cloak. Logically has a church dedicated to the bishop of Tours.
  • Villadangos del Páramo. Stage in the year 1111 a bloody battle between the forces of Queen Urraca and her ex-husband the king Alfonso I "the Warrior". The parish church is dedicated to St. James, who sits enthroned on the altarpiece, sword in hand, and wearing a military fashion.
  • Astorga Lose yourself in the bars of the Plaza Mayor… . Regain your strength while enjoying its architecture and tradition.

Topographic profile stage León-Astorga

2

ASTORGA - PONFERRADA

Starting stage

ASTORGA

Wall of AstorgaUnifying core of the regions of Maragatería, La Cepeda and along the Órbigo, the Asturica Augusta of the Romans, has its origin in a military camp built during the campaign of the Cantabrian wars in the years 29-19 BC

You cannot miss…

Episcopal Palace of Astorga

Episcopal Palace of AstorgaThe Episcopal Palace of Astorga is a building designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism building.

Along with El Capricho de Comillas, they are the only works of Gaudí outside Catalonia.

The construction took place between 1889 and 1915.

Itinerary

  • Astorga
  • Valdeviejas
  • Murias de Rechivaldo
  • Santa Catalina de Somoza
  • El Ganso
  • Rabanal del Camino
  • Foncebadón
  • Manjarín
  • El Acebo
  • Riego de Ambrós
  • Molinaseca
  • Campo
  • Ponferrada

Restoring forces

  • Molina Seca: In reaching this town we recommend sustenance at Casa Ramón. Step up lentils, mushrooms or grilled.

Accommodation

  • De Floriana: Molina Seca, excellent rural hotel 7 km from Ponferrada.
  • Ponferrada: The Aroj or AC Ponferrada hotels by price / quality ratio. Good care and service.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • DIFFICULTY: Medium-High
  • DURATION:: 6 hours
  • DISTANCE: 53 km
  • COMMENTS:
    • From Valdeviejas all uphill until Foncebadón.
    • From Manjarín 16 km. down almost open grave.
  • MAXIMUM LIFT: --- m

Beciclon

What to see

  • Catedral de Santa María (Astorga): Construction began in the last third of the fifteenth century and was not finished until the second half of the XVII.
  • Castrillo de Polvazares: It is the most representative population of the county maragata in declared Historic - Artistic thanks to its good condition.
  • Do not forget doing the ritual in Cruz de Ferro, the highest point of the road.

Topographic profile stage Astorga-Ponferrada

3

PONFERRADA - O CEBREIRO

Starting stage

PONFERRADA

Coat of PonferradaDuring the Roman occupation were famous gold mines. In 1082, the wooden bridge over the river Sil is reinforced with iron, very abundant material, giving the name of Pons Ferrata city. The Castle Templar is a superb what it meant this controversial order of warrior monks in Ponferrada testimony. It is one of the finest examples of military architecture in Spain.

You cannot miss…

Templar Castle

Ponferrada CastleIn principle castro and later Roman citadel, the Knights Templar is what expanded and improves from the eleventh to the thirteenth century. The present appearance today is due to a lot of extensions and reforms since the fifteenth century . In 1924 it was declared a National Historic Artistic Monument.

Itinerary

  • Ponferrada
  • Columbrianos
  • Fuentesnuevas
  • Camponaraya
  • Cacabelos
  • Villafranca del Bierzo
  • Pereje
  • Las Herrerias
  • La Portela de Valcarce
  • Ambasmestas
  • Vega de Valcarce
  • Ruitelán
  • La Faba
  • O Cebreiro

Restoring forces

  • After this last step, arriving at O ??Cebreiro looking for a good Galician broth… and a good ham… & a good octopus! Give yourself a treat, you deserve it!

Accommodations

  • Sleeping in the guest Cebreiro. Silence and calmness.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • DIFFICULTY: High
  • DURATION: 6 hours
  • DISTANCE: 50 km
  • COMMENTS:
    • Beautiful views from the plains of Bierzo to the heights of Cebreiro..
    • Whoever wants to feel strong, go up to the faba by the original way.
    • If it's snowing, stay posted!
  • MAXIMUM LIFT: --- m

Beciclon

What to see

  • National Energy Museum: Recipient of the Award for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, the old center has been transformed into a space where the ratio of coal energy bill.
  • Villafranca del Bierzo. Pope Callistus III granted Spanish sick or disabled pilgrims passing through this door the same indulgences if they had come to Santiago.

Topographic profile stage Ponferrada-O Cebreiro

4

O CEBREIRO - PORTOMARÍN

Starting stage

O CEBREIRO

Palloza in O CebreiroThe Portal of Galicia, through the province of Lugo, is one of the mythical places of the Way and crown, 1,300 meters high Galician-Leonese massif Everything about this place is magical and mysterious. Pallozas the wind, fog. It is one of the first sites that hosted the pilgrims en route to Santiago.

You cannot miss…

Santa María la Real

Santa María la RealHere is the Chalice of the Holy Grail where tradition says Christ's blood was collected and also a famous carving of the Virgin. It preserves also the baptismal font when baptism by immersion is still celebrated. Next to this church is the Hospice of San Giraldo de Aurillac built on the remains of the old hospital of pilgrims.

Itinerary

  • O Cebreiro
  • Hospital de la Condesa
  • Padornelo
  • Alto do Poio
  • O Biduedo
  • As Pasantes
  • Triacastela
  • San Cristóbal del Real
  • San Martíno do Real
  • Samos
  • Teiguín
  • Aián
  • Fontao
  • Sarria
  • Portomarín

Restoring forces

  • In Sarria stop to regain strength
  • Take a tour of the nearby church of St. Nicholas in Portomarín. There tapas to give and take.

Accommodations

  • We recommend Pousada de Portomarín to rest, they offer guest a garage for bicycles.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • DIFFICULTY: Medium-High
  • DURATION:: 8 hours
  • DISTANCE: 64 km
  • COMMENTS:
    • From O Cebreiro find the summit of Alto do Poio. It is difficult by distance and by the continued steepness through which we travel.
    • The descent of the Alto do Poio to Triacastela breath.
  • MAXIMUM LIFT: --- m

Beciclon

What to see

  • Monastery of Samos: Built in s. VI, of the spirituality center have had seven bishops, among which the illustrated Benito Jerónimo Feijoo.
  • Sarria: In the Rua Mayor are the church of Santa Marina and the Church of the Savior, Romanesque transition s. XIII.
  • Spectacular Old Portomarín if the water level can be admired.

Topographic profile stage O Cebreiro-Portomarín

5

PORTOMARIN - ARZÚA

Starting stage

PORTOMARÍN

Coat of PortomarínDue to the construction of the dam of Belesar, the ancient city was submerged under the waters thereof. The village was rebuilt again in 1960 in a safe slope. Portomarín was an important step in the Middle Ages a large bridge and hospital, everything was under waters of Minho.

You cannot miss…

Church of St. Nicholas

Fortified church of St. Nicholas“>Temple fortress built in the thirteenth century that belonged to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem was rebuilt stone by stone to its current location due to the construction of the dam Belesar. Of all the architectural works of the people, St. Nicholas is the great templefortress of Portomarín. It dominates the city, and from its walk round a vast panorama of the environment is visible.

Itinerary

  • Portomarín
  • Monte Torros
  • Castromaior
  • Ligonde
  • Palas de Rei
  • San Xulián do Camiño
  • O Coto
  • Melide
  • Parabispo
  • A Peroxa
  • Ribadiso da Baixo
  • Arzúa

Restoring forces

  • There are good bars and restaurants on the road, but BECICLON is partial to Casa Ezequiel. You can not miss the good octopus, ask at Ezequiel House.
  • Melide is world famous for the large number of grocery stores per capita.
  • And if you happen to stay in the right season, do not miss the Festa do Queixo of Arzúa.

Accommodations

  • SIf you can stay in the Pazo de Santa María de Arzúa, enjoy, but do not forget your raincoat!…

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • DIFFICULTY: Medium-High
  • DURATION: 6-7 hours
  • DISTANCE: 53 km
  • COMMENTS
    • We climbed Mount San Antonio.
    • Palas de Rei entertained until alternating asphalt and beautiful tracks stretch we we approach Melide, which will replace forces. The remainder to Arzúa, based on slides. In this town joins the Primitive Way.
  • MAXIMUM LIFT: --- m

Beciclon

What to see

  • Melide: This link pilgrims who come from the Primitive Way. In Melide is the fourteenthcentury stone cross, which is considered the oldest in Galicia.
  • Cabazo of Leboreiro: A cabazo is a large round basket made of sticks intertwined and covered with straw leaning on a stone base, and is used to store corn.

Topographic profile stage Portomarín-Arzúa

6

ARZÚA - SANTIAGO

Starting stage

ARZÚA

Pilgrim Sculpture - Photography P. Lameiro,Is called "terra do queixo "in reference to cheese made from cow's milk from the appellation of origin Arzúa-Ulloa. This old town is home to the former convent of the Magdalena, Augustinian foundation of the century. XIV maintained the convent for poor pilgrims and which is now in ruins.

You cannot miss…

Catedral de Santiago

Catedral de SantiagoAlthough the medieval structure has remained essential through the centuries, the cathedral has changed its appearance within building in the Renaissance cloister and its annexed areas and especially in the Baroque. Other works, like the chapel, organs, closing the header or the facade of Obradoiro among other important actions are performed.

Itinerary

  • Arzúa
  • Pregontoño
  • Cortobe
  • Taverna Vella
  • A Calzada
  • Salceda
  • Pedrouzo
  • San Antón
  • Amenal
  • San Paio
  • Villamaior
  • San Marcos
  • Monte do Gozo
  • Santiago de Compostela

Restoring forces

  • Visit the food market of Santiago and his rosary taperías and bars offering good portions.
  • And in the Pilgrim Office, House of Dean, the final food del Camino, reward: your accreditation.

Accommodations

  • Best hotels and farmhouses in the area or failing pilgrim hostels.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • DIFFICULTY: Medium-High
  • DURATION:: 4-6 hours
  • DISTANCE: 38 km
  • COMMENTS:
    • Find some trouble in the form of endless slides. Many sections of the road, because the road is full of pilgrims walking, impede traffic on bike. Twisted tracks will be approaching us at Lavacolla and Monte do Gozo.
  • MAXIMUM LIFT: --- m

Beciclon

What to see

  • Monte do Gozo: At about 380m above sea level, is a small hill from which the pilgrims get first view of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago.
  • Santiago de Compostela: The goal of all pilgrimage routes. A city obscured by the passage of time and the persistent rain. The end of the road, on which rests the Apostle Cathedral.

Topographic Profile of the Arzúa-Santiago de Compostela