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Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) is a journey that has been undertaken by pilgrims since the ninth century. It is a route culturally and religiously rich that it should be included in every bike rider’s wish list.
It is an 800 kilometers (497 miles) route that crosses diverse Spanish regions. You will be able to find cultural contrasts in people’s traditions, customs and gastronomy. However, this trip only goes to the city of Burgos, within the Castile region, crossing the regions of Navarra and La rioja that are famous for their excellent wines.
Going along the “yellow arrow”, you will discover rich historical places like 10th century churches and breathtaking landscapes. You will also have the chance to enjoy the tasty and diverse gastronomy accompanied by world-wide famous wines of the regions. Definitely, this is a worthwhile guided bike tour.
You will be picked up at the train station or airport and be taken to the hotel. Later you should obtain your pilgrim card with time enough to discover this ancient city that serves as host of the renowned San Fermín Bull Runs and Festival
The moment of departure arrives with the transfer to Roncesvalles, at the ancient collegiate church, you will start pedaling. The first part of the route will take you by emblematic Basque villages and houses in the middle of the woods; after that, Pamplona, and then a short climb with a monument to pilgrims at the top. The day will end at Puente la Reina. This fortified town with an impressive Romanic bridge will host you to end this first and exciting day
Even though you still are in Navarra, the landscape changes. Today the route is definitely more challenging, so you will have to pace yourself. The historical village of Estella and, a wine fountain a little bit further down the path, will delight you. At Los Arcos you will be amazed by the magnificence of its church. This stage ends in Viana, at a palace from the 17th century turned into a comfortable hotel where you will get your well-deserved rest
Your “pilgrimage” continues, and we change regions for the first time. La Rioja, the world-famous region renowned for its exceptional wine, will welcome you with its lovely countryside full of vineyards and colors. You will go across its capital, Logroño, later, you will take a break at the beautiful town of Nájera. The trail will take you up to the old town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where you will spend the night in a former pilgrims’ hospital of the 13th century
This day you will enter the largest region of the Camino de Santiago: the historic Castilla-León, the birthplace of the Kingdom of Spain and its main language, Castilian or Spanish. It is the third region of the route, It is a quiet and rather uninhabited area, but the ratio of historical places is unrivalled. Castilla-León is the region of the world with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites, that says it all! you will go past the inspiring Monastery of San Juan de Ortega after traversing the magnificent Montes de Oca woods. The day’s journey and the trip end in Burgos. This monumental city boasts one of the most important gothic cathedrals in Europe. And much more!
Breakfast and end of our services. We look forward to see you soon to finish the remaining way of Santiago!