Hilly with some challenging uphills, mostly on country-roads. For bikers with condition and experience. Minimum age: 14 years.
Day 1: Astorga
Day 2: Astorga - Molinaseca, approx. 49 km
Leave the Castillian plains behind to climb progressively towards the mountains of Leon with its highest point of the cycle being the Monte de la Cruz the Ferro (the iron cross), where it is tradition to leave a small stone that you have brought from your homeland. From here the rest of the way is mostly downhill and the views are astonishingly beautiful.
Day 3: Molinaseca - O´Cebreiro, approx. 59 km
Cycle 25 Km amongst vineyards to reach the beautiful town of Villafranca. Later climb O´Cebreiro, where the Galicia Region starts.
Day 4: O´Cebreiro - Sarria, approx. 48 km
We are now in Galicia and there is a big change in landscape, culture, gastronomy and language. A fantastic part of the day comes when we descend to the town of Samos where we find one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries in Spain, the Benedictine monastery of Samos.
Day 5: Sarria - Palas de Rei, approx. 46 km
Today´s cycle ride runs through very nice rural countryside, passing through many little villages. Most of this stage is along tree-lined roads and pathways and there is a mix of little country roads and old paths. At the end of the day we reach Palais de Rei. A small town full of the pilgrim spirit.
Day 6: Palas de Rei - Rua, approx. 46 km
Today´s ride does not have great climbs but it is a constant up and down that can be quite tiring. We will ride enjoying the Galician countryside. During the day you will go through the town of Melide that is famous for its "pulperías" where they serve superb octopus.
Day 7: Rua - Santiago de Compostela, approx. 21 km
The route is not long so as to allow you to enjoy the beautiful city of Santiago de Compostela. There are hard hills to climb before arriving at the "Monte do Gozo" (the hill of joy) where you first see the Cathedral of Santiago in the distance.
Day 8: Santiago de compostela
Individual departure or extended stay