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Distance to Santiago: 401 km

Distance for stage: 96 km

Estimated Time: 6 – 7 hours

Minimum Height: 803 m

Maximum Height: 900 m

Route difficulty: Low – Very Low

Places of public interest: Terradillos de los Templarios, Sahagún, Mansilla de las Mulas, León

Itinerary map: Click here to see the journey on Google Maps

Camino de Santiago on bike from Carrión de los Condes to León, stage 8

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In this stage of Santiago Road on bike, we’ll go from Carrión de los Condes to León. It is a quite long road but with a very simple profile, in which, besides, we can travel the majority of the road by concrete ways.. Just by pedaling, we’ll leave Tierra de Campos behind and we’ll enter to León providence, going through long distances without any population.

The only hard-time of the day, we can find it at León entrance, due to the streets full with a lot of traffic and turns. Because of this, in Tournride we offer to cyclist pilgrims an alternative to enter to León which doesn’t have Jacobean signposting, but it is way easier.

If we make this stage at summer, we must improve our sun protection and always take extra water bottles with us.


We cross the Puente Mayor at the end of Carrión and we go on through San Zoilo Street. We cross two roundabouts on a straight line and we take the PP-2411 during 3, 6 km, with a flat profile.

The PP-2411 turns to right, but we continue forward by a land path which coincides with the old roman via Aquitana. This is a straight line of 11 km between fields, in a flat profile with a light positive slope at the end. This creates a gradient change that blocks us from seeing Calzadilla de la Cueza until we practically arrive there.

Old Via Aquitana, 18 Km straight from Carrión to Calzadilla de la Cueza

Old Via Aquitana, 18 Km straight from Carrión to Calzadilla de la Cueza

After crossing Calzadilla de la Cueza the road passes by a parallel path to the N-120 and in about 5, 6 km it leads to Ledigos. The first half of the road needs to be done ascending softly (40 m difference of height), but before arriving to Lédigos, it goes down again.

Pilgrim walking on the parallel path to the N-120 between Calzadilla de la Cueza and Lédigos

Parallel path to the N-120 between Calzadilla de la Cueza and Lédigos

When we get to Lédigos we go through the N-120, around 3 km on a slight slope until we get to Terradillos de los Templarios. Once we get at Terradillos de los Templarios, we need to divert to left from the N-120 to finally enter to town. We have two options:

  1. 1. Following the Jacobean route entering in Terradillos. There, we take a path during 1, 2 km that, after crossing the P-973, it takes 1, 5 km to get to Moratinos. After passing by town in 2, 5 km we arrive to San Nicolás del Real Camino and by leaving this, we hook up again with the N-120.
  2. 2. Going on by the N-120 without entering to Terradillos de los Templarios. We go directly to the end of San Nicolás del Real Camino, with no chance of visiting in between the towns.

After leaving behind San Nicolás del Camino, the N-120 goes across the Valderaduey River and, right after, there’s a small path that exits to right in a perpendicular way. If we take that one, we’ll go to visit the Chapel of La Virgen del Puente and from there we continue through a path to Sahagún.

If you don’t want to visit the chapel and you rather keep on going straighly to Sahagún through the N-120, you need to know that the road borders Sahagún by the North. Due to this, when we read the sign that indicates the detour to the center of the city, 10 km after exiting Terradillos de los Templarios, we must go through the right track in order to enter to the village and visit it.

Sahagún (Km 41 of the stage) it is traversed from East to West, crossing the Cea River to go up and take the León road during 1,5 km until it leads into the N-120. We follow the road by the N-120 during 2, 2 km till we see the junction with the A-231 and LE-6711.

On that junction of roads is where we must choose if going by the traditional road or taking the alternative one. We have the following options:

  1. Alternative road: on the junction of roads turn to right to take the LE-6711, which by an overpass goes across the A-231. It leads us directly to Calzada del Coto and from there, we have to alternate concrete roads and land paths during 32 Km to get to Mansilla de las Mulas, where it takes back to the traditional road. This road also passes by Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. The profile is simple, with a light ascent until passing behind Calzadilla de los Hermanillos and with a soft descent until getting to Mansilla.
  2. Traditional way:on the junction of roads we move forward and see the road N-120 takes a curve to the left, few meters away. At this point, it takes to a very short land path to the right that leads into Calzada del Coto, which it is a double track concrete road with a parallel dotted land path with equidistant threes. After covering 5, 5 km in flat profile we get to Bercianos del Camino. We cross by la Calle Mayor and, after, we go back again to the same light ascent during 5, 3 km until we get to an underpass to the A-231. Once we cross it, we arrive to the Burgo Ranero. This is practically a flat profile.

From the Burgo Ranero until Puente Villarente we always take the LE-6615, which leads in permanent descent with a similar appearance to the Calzada del Coto. First, we need to cover 14 km till Reliegos and then another 6km till Mansilla de las Mulas.

Pilgrims doing the Saint James Way on the Calzada del Coto

Calzada del Coto

After we get to the intersection between both paths in Mansilla de las Mulas, we should go out of town through Northwest in order to take the N-601 during 4, 5 km until Villamoros de Mansilla and, later, travel another 1, 5 km until we get to Puente Villarente.

Once we are at Puente Villarente we will only have 13 km left and we must decide how we are going to enter to León. It is hard for cyclists following the arrows at the entrance of this city, and even dangerous because of the junctions on the road and the traffic. That’s why in Tournride, in addition to explain you which is the traditional Jacobean route, we offer you an option that is not included on the actual road’s itinerary, but it is way easier for cyclists. These are the options:

  1. Traditional road to enter to León (with Jacobean signposting): At the exit of Puente Villarente there is a wide land path that takes to the right. At the beginning, it goes in a flat direction, but around 3 Km it gets to Arcahueja and from there; there are a couple of slopes that take us to a path which borders the N-601 to a higher height. The path ends at the industrial estate of León and from there we need to cross the N-601 by a higher pedestrian walk (which it is on slopes, without stairs). From this point, the arrows indicate the entrance through Puente Castro, until arriving to a big roundabout where we must turn left. When we get to see la plaza de toros de León, we must turn right in order to go through Corredera Street until we get to the old part of the city, where we can find the Cathedral. It can get complicated following the traffic signs (signposting) because of the multiples turn. The majority of them are arrows painted on the ground or in lamps.
  2. Entrance by the N-601 (without Jacobean signposting): At the exit of Puente Villarente we must keep on going through the N-601 during almost 9 Km, crossing several roundabouts until arriving to the industrial estate of the city, where we will pass by under the blue pedestrian walkway. After a couple of curves on the N-601, we will finish in a roundabout where it is located a welcome sign with the León shield and a clock in the superior part. We must go across straightly the roundabout to go through the Europa Avenue until the next roundabout, which has a long form. At this point, we take a detour obliquely to the right (Reino de León Avenue and then Juan XXIII Street) and we continue forward leaving behind six crossroads until getting to the seventh, the one located at San Pedro Street. Turning left, in this street we will get to Cathedral in only 300 meters.


Pedestrian walk to the N-601 from León’s entrance

Pedestrian walk to the N-601 from León’s entrance (Picture given by Dani Latorre)

In a general point of view, it is a long stage but with characteristics of an extremely simple profile and long distances between the Jacobean villages. The big part of the pedestrian road covers parallel paths to the N-120, to the Calzada del Coto or to the N-601; so that we can choose between going through them or travelling through concrete. The paths are narrow but stable. If you go by the highway, be really careful at the entrance of León, because you can find a lot of traffic.

If you think this stage is too long for you, Tournride recommends you taking a rest in Reliegos (km 69 of stage), Mansilla de las Mulas (km 75) or Puente Villarente (km 82); where you can find all the services that you need.



  • If you start your journey in Carrión de los Condes, at Tournride we help you getting there. Regardless where you come from, you have to go to Palencia, León or Burgos to take a bus that will take you straight to Carrión. Out of the three cities, León is the only one that has a regular commercial flight. The destination is Barcelona and it is operated by Air Nostrum.

The buses frequency at Carrión is not very high, so that’s why we always recommend taking a look at the schedules previously. The companies Estébanez Aja and Abagon cover the route from Palencia. To go from León or Burgos you should go with AlsaIf all these buses schedules don’t follow your needs, you can always take a taxi in Palencia, it will cost you around 45-50€. Or, instead, if you are lucky enough, maybe you will find someone at a carpooling platform who will take you for only 3 to 5€. Remember that at Tournride we leave your bikes in yourejamos las bicicletas en vuestro lodging back in Carrión de los Condes if you start from there and, we can take your left baggage in order for you to find it at the end of your road..

  • In this stage, there are huge distances between the localities, especially from Carrión de los Condes to Calzadilla (18 Km) and from Burgo Ranero to Reliegos (14 Km). There are not any kind of water source in the middle and few places where you can rest. So we recommend you to sustain yourself perfectly with water and food.
  • Take precaution with summer weather and the heat, there are not enough shadows and the sun can get really intense.
  • If it rains we can find really the muddy path by the Aquitana Via (from Carrión a Calzadilla to la Cueza), the Trajana Via (alternative road) and the entrance to León through Arcahueja.
  • The number of kilometers of this stage is high so we recommend you to ration your phisical resources. Even though. It can be perfectly taken because the whole road is flat so it allows you to travel faster through all the distances.




Today we leave behind Palencia and its Tierra de Campos to immerse ourselves in León, arriving directly to its capital and icon: The wonderful Gothic Cathedral of Santa María. Many paths that will take us there, have kept the route almost unchanging since roman times. Those are roads charged with HISTORY (yes, with capital letters) that will allow us to discover the glorious past the big medieval organizations, like the one at Cluny in Sahagún or the one from los caballeros del Temple in Terradillos de los Templarios. As we make our stops we will say goodbye to Tierra de Campos passing by, today more than ever, and big golden extensions of cereal with a very simple profile.

This is easy stage, yes it is long but with not many stops, that encourages us to let us travel physically as well as mentally. It is, indeed a road to open your eyes and let your mind free.

Are you willing to keep on Reading and discover what el Camino is holding for you?

Leon Mayor Square in a storm day

Leon’s Mayor Square (Picture given by Jesús Martínez))


In order to go out of Carrión de los Condes, we must go across the Puente Mayor and pass nearby San Zoilo. If you didn’t visit the monastery the day before, this could be a good time for you to do it, even from outside. After crossing two roundabouts, we will cover the PP-2411 during 3 km, a two-way road in which the travelers walk on foot by the sidewalk.

Even though you can’t see it from the highway, we will go by near the ruins of the old abbey of Santa María de Benevívere, ffounded in the XII century and abandoned after its confiscation from XIX century. Regardless of the organizations that tried to save it, the building was demolished and the documents that were guarded there were translated to Archivo Histórico Nacional (National Historical Archive).

We get to the arriving point on the road with the straight land path that leads us to Calzadilla de la Cueza, in a point where the PP-2411 turns right.

Pilgrims doing th Way in Via Aquitana

Via Aquitana (Picture given by Kryf)

This road on good state –unless it rains and it gets muddy- It’s the old Via Aquitana . Actually, in roman times, they used to call it like that the road which joins the shores of Galia (Today, this territory is France). But, in the Middle Age, they started to call it with the same name as before, the name was </spanAb Asturica Burdigalam which united Astorga with Burdeos. Since the beginning of Pilgrimage in Santiago, the Jacobean walkers used this old way and thousand of years later, we continue to follow their steps.

In spite of the feeling of historic communion that sets off to continue a rout that has remained unchanged for centuries. We must say that, at the end of the day, this road is really hard whether psychological or physically. We travel all this road of 12 km in a short matter of time because of the facility in the flat profile, but the travelers walk hours on feet through this road without trees springs nor anything that alters the country landscape of endless cereals.

Before, there were two hospitals for pilgrims specifically in this part of Via Aquitana. Today, we can’t find any type of service, except for a van selling drinks and food which is located at the intersection with P-2469 during few months of the year. After this intersection, we can also find a sign indicating the way to the Real Leonesa cattle route, right next to a recreational area.

A cattle route is a road that connects all the places where the livestock is abundant at winter and summer in the search of meadow where to graze. La leonesa is divided in the western and Eastern, this being the last one. It has around 700 km as a total and unites Riaño (in León) with the south of Badajoz, going through six different providences.

After this one-way road, we arrive to Calzadilla de la Cueza (km 18 of stage), hidden behind a final change of slope. There, you will find all of the services that you need. The route borders the town by South and leads into N-120, exactly where we cross the Cueza stream. The walkers goes through a parallel path to the highway until Ledigos, you can decide whether you prefer concrete or land. It implies around 6 km in a vertical light slope, with a descent of height just before arriving to Lédigos..

Village of Calzadilla de la Cueza

Calzadilla de la Cueza (Picture given by Kolossus)

Just as Calzadilla, today Ledigos doens’t count with a big patrimonial herency. From Calzadilla stands up the Renaissance altarpiece that is located at the San Martín Church and, as an anecdote, saying that parish church from Legigos is one of the fewest that counts with Santiago el Mayor symbols in all its iconographies: like pilgrim, apostle, and boaster.

From Ledigos the road takes the same way of the N-120 until Terradillos de los Templarios (27th kilometer of the stage). The name of this locality is named in an architectonic and historical way: place of small flat roof linked to the old Orden Del Temple..

In the previous stage we mentioned this order of knights, founded in the XII century with the purpose of protecting the pilgrims in Jerusalem and this protection was extended to Camino de Santiago. As we said, they collected so much power and wealth in only two centuries that even the King of France owed them a big amount of money. This ended up being the ruins of los templarios, because they turned into a big threat for the Crown and the rest of the religious organizations. Because of this, the Pope ordered the dissolution of the Order by force in 1312.

These knights accumulated so much power in such a short period of time that it brought up so many types of legends, regarding the source of their wealth and also the Order rituals. They were given, for example, the possession of miracle relics of Santo Grial and, even that story of “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs”. In fact, this legendary animal is connected to the locality of Terradillos.

This town was in a territory under the jurisdiction of los templarios and located inside there was a hospital for pilgrims that was under their protection. The legend from the town says that los templarios kept there the goose and, due to the big inminence of his order’s dissolution, they buried the mysterious bird in a higher part of the town.

In town, there is also a shelter named after the last Grand Master who had the Orden del Temple, named Jacques de Molay.


In order to get to Sahagún from Terradillos we have two options: going through the Jacobean route or skipping it and going through the N-120. Keep on mind that if you continue through N-120 you will not pass by Moratinos or San Nicolás del Real Camino, the last localities from Palencia. After passing the territorial limit, you will cross the Valderaduey River and see to your right the perpendicular path that leads to chapel of the Virgen del Puente. If you don’t take this one and continue through the highway, you must know that for entering Sahagún you have to change course by the right track. If not, you will border the whole León locality by the North and you will go straight forward to the road fork in Calzada del Coto.

As well as we can sacrifice the visit to Moratinos or San Nicolás with the purpose of making this kilometric stage much easier, in Tournride we do encourage you to enter to Sahagún (41th Kilometer of stage). It is a great place to rest and one of the most important localities from Camino Francés in León, with a lot of patrimony and history to discover.

Sagahún village on the way to Santiago

Sahagún (Picture given by Konrad Ho)

The Jacobean route goes out from Terradillos through the West path; it is a firm and land route with a light descent until flowing into the P-973 where, after covering a few meters, we will change course to the right so we can pass by Moratinos and San Nicolás del Camino. It will always be a land field with small pebbles and the profile will alternate soft ascents and descents until we get closer to the N-120, where we will go down softly until we get to Sahagún center.

Before arriving to Sahagún we cross the N-120 to get to a path in the river Valderaduey meadow that leads to the chapel of “la Virgen del Puente” (only 3 Km away from Sahagún). The building, with a mudejar style provided services for years as a pilgrim hospital and today it is bordered with a nice grassland with seats, where we can also find sculptures that remind you of the glorious medieval past of Sahagún.

Chapel of la Virgen del Puente

Chapel of la Virgen del Puente (Picture given by José Manuel Gil Martínez)

Yes, Sahagún does have a great historical past! To get to know it, we must take that path that goes out the grassland of the chapel of la Virgen del Puente and that leads us to cross the LE-251 (must be very careful in this point). From there, we’ll enter to Sahagún but, to get to the center, we must cross the train ways through an underpass.

The story of Sahagún goes back to the roman era, when it was located at the Trajana Via pass but it was actually created from the foundation of a medieval monastery where the relics of the Santos (Saints) Facundo and Primitivo are kept. In fact, the name of the village is derived from there: “Sanctus Facundus – Sant Fagund – Safa-gun – Sahagún”. This saints were beheaded in the II A.D century, close to Cea River, where some of its disciples buried them. The place was getting recognition and in the IX century, it was decided to build a big monastery that the Cluny Order took care of it..

As we already mentioned at the beginning of this French Road way by bicycle  the Cluny Order created a whole net of monasteries during the whole road where they gave shelter to pilgrims, thanks to the help given by the crown. In Sahagún, the Monastery Real de San Benito received several privileges and special privileges and, around it, it was created a big medieval fortress, dependent of him. The monastery even got to create his own University, that was similar to the one in Salamanca or Alcalá de Henares judging by its reputation. The abbot of Sahagún got to have so much power and authority that by thr XI century, there were a lot of riots from the middle-class against his power excess.

Since the XV century, the village starts to decease, validate determinedly with the confiscation from the XIX century, when some parts of the old monastery were put out to tender publically. We only have left today la Torre del Reloj (Clock Tower) and El arco de San Benito (San Benito Arch), the monastery’s old south cover. Kings sepulchers and other objects that were inside the monastery were destructed or you can find them today in other places from the village, or even in some museums in León.

Arch of San Benito in Sahagún

Arco de San Benito of Sahagún (Picture given by Rubén Ojeda)

For example, in the Monasterio de las Monjas Benedictinas (from the XVI) are kept some of the ruins of the old Real Monasterio, because this place offers services as a museum. On its pieces you can find the Alphonse XI sepulcher and four of the wives he had, kept in the church of the convent.

Right next to the ruins of the Cluny Old Monastery there is one of the village emblems: the San Tirso Church (C. XII). It was one of the first buildings at the peninsula where instead of using stones, they used bricks. This could look like a trifle but actually it gave room to the romantic-mudejar style, an icon of Spain united cultures and how such an influence was produced between them. Here, some Muslims that lived in Christian areas used constructive methods a lot of more ideal for their art (building with brick, and using horseshoe arcades, etc.) with ones clearly romantic in a very ideal European style. This attracts the attention mainly their four-part horseshoe arcades tower.

The Church of San Tirso in Sahagún

The Church of San Tirso in Sahagún (Picture given by José Manuel)


Once we exit Sahagún we must cross the Cea River through the stone bridge and cover the whole highway until flowing into the N-120. After covering it for 2 km we will arrive to a highway junction: the N-120 gets lost in a left curve after an intersection with the LE-6711 that crosses by a underpass the dual carriageway.

If we go up that high pass, we will take an alternative path, that will take us to Calzada del Coto and then by land paths until we get to Calzadilla de los Hermanillos. Once we alternate after few concrete paths, we will flow into Mansilla de las Mulas.

At Tournride, in this case we recommend skipping the alternative road and follow the original trace that leads to Burgo Ranero. In the curve of the N-120 we will see a short path with signs that will take us to a long concrete way very easy to travel, that we have to keep on taking for the next 32 km until we get to Mansilla de las Mulas. Pilgrims on feet go through a parallel path full of banana trees, but it can be considered as a bit narrow. This road is not quite circulated by and that makes the profile very simple.

A pilgrim in Burgo Ranero Path

Burgo Ranero Path (Picture given by José Antonio Gil Martínez)

After 5, 5 km we will get to Bercianos del Real Camino, a small locality with less than 200 people with all the services that we need. After others 7 km of concrete way, in a light ascent profile, we will get to Burgo Ranero.

Remains of an old divocote

Remains of an old divocote (Pictured given by Jonathan Pincas)

El Burgo Ranero place-name has been a controversial subject. The majority of people think that the name comes after the frog croak that lived in the closest ponds to the locality (to the “burgo”). Even though, there’s an old document which makes reference of the place as “Ranerium”, that would be a Latin word of a German name. According to that, the “de Ranero” would indicate possession, meaning the fortress of some sir named Ranero.

El Burgo Ranero with a pong in first plane

El Burgo Ranero with a pong in first plane (Picture given by José Antonio Gil Martínez)

In the actuality, the place represents an oasis for pilgrims that usually take many hours to walk a charming but monotonous landscape. And it’s in there where there are lodging and good services, that’s why we will not have any kind of trouble finding the things we need.

It’s important to recover all your strength to face the next 13 Km to Reliegos, by a road identical to the former one, and practically in a straight line. One thing is certain, we practically won’t have to pedal because the road in a soft but permanent descent. It won’t take us much longer!

Road Champs to Reliegos

Road Champs to Reliegos (Picture given by David Hunkins)

Reliegos was, until a few years ago, the last place were a big meteorite landed in Spain. It was around 8 in the morning in 1947, when a huge rock around 17kg landed at the Calle Real of the locality, scaring all the neighbors, who took it as a bomb or a big explosion. Today, the biggest part of the rock is located at the Museo Nacional de Ciencias (National Science Museum) in Madrid, even though there are more fragments in other places..

After visiting Reliegos we must keep going through the road full with banana trees in continuous descent during another 6 km, until crossing the N-601 by a overpass and entering to Mansilla de las Mulas.

Bikes for the Saint James Way parked in the Pilgrim Monument in Mansilla

Pilgrim Monument in Mansilla (Picture given by Adolfo Brigido)

From El Burgo Ranero we enter to Mansilla by the door of el Castillo, one of the doors of the old wall of XII century. This place had one of the best fortification systems of the entire Castilla. The walls bordered the river shore and they headed to Northwest only on the bridge that crossed the Esla river. It was about 14 meters high, with battlements in the upper part. Also, there were some huge semi cylindrical cubes every 40 meters, which in the actuality they are preserved in the south part of the Wall.

Muralla de Mansilla de las Mulas

Mansilla de las Mulas Wall (Picture given by Miquel Acevedo)

After going across the old fortified door, we will pass right next to a monument dedicated to travelers and we will get to Santa María Church right after. With date from the XVII century, it has a simple architecture. Following this road we get to El Pozo Square, where we join way with the alternative waythat passes by Calzadilla de los Hermanillos.

Before leaving by the eight-arched bridge that crosses Esla River, with a medieval style but very recovered (C. XII), we leave behind the old convent of San Agustín. This cultural center was founded in the XV century, it was really important in a cultural level, making its library and archive stand out. All the documents were lost thanks to a fire during the Independence War, same thing that happened in Carrión de los Condes. What it is best preserved in the actuality is the chapel of the Villafañe, having square floors and a cracked vault. Besides, all those Jacobean symbols sculpted with stone in one of the old entrances of the convent, testify the importance it had as a hospital for pilgrims. .

Once we are at Mansilla de las Mulas we arrive at León in less than 20 km, and we will get there by highways or the road paths. Both options are united in different points.

We leave Mansilla by crossing the medieval bridge already mentioned, later on, we will see to the left a wide path that goes on in a parallel to the N-601, in a flat profile.

Whether it’s by highway or by path, we are at the 4 km we will pass nearby Villamoros de Mansilla and, later, we arrive to Puente Villarente in no more than 1, 5 km.

Once we enter to this place, we will understand right away why Villarente has this name. If we go by highway we will cross the huge bridge where that traverses the Porma River. If we go by the path we can see it from below, because they have built some pretty wood walkways that cross the entire river and let us appreciate the view of the whole bridge, it was made like this because going by the shoulder was too dangerous for the walkers.

The Villarente Bridge originates in the roman era, even though there is no physical proof of that era.. Porma’s floods destroyed everything during many historical moments and that’s why only the central arches are the only old demonstration preserved from the medieval times. This is some kind of landmark in the French Road, representing a medieval pilgrim love legend.

Puente romano en Villarente

Roman Bridge in Villarente (Picture given by Bill Bereza)

In Villarente we could find a pilgrim hospital in medieval era that was known for having a rule that stated they needed a female donkey who would carry the unhealthy walkers all the way to León (as it were some kind of “ambulance”). It is rumored that at the beginnings of the XIV century, a girl named Elizabeth used to work in this hospital, engaged to an Andalucian man. One day, a very sick pilgrim arrived to the hospital. She took care of him and they ended up falling in love with each other. One time they were standing up underneath the first arch of the bridge and they marked their outlines of their hands in the stone arcade, that’s when Elizabeth promised him if he returns from Santiago in about 14 days and places his hand there while calling her, she would leave her fiancé so they could run away together.

The pilgrim man went to Santiago and could return back to Puente Villarente the 13th day; however it was impossible for him to go to the arch because the river had risen due to the continuous rainy weather. He laid down the Porma’s shore, praying to Santiago so he could help him reach the stone arch the next day. When he woke up, he realized that a big line of trunks created a way between the floods that could lead him to the exact place where they had placed their hands. He ran over there and immediately called his beloved; it didn’t last much longer when she appeared throwing herself in his arms and willing to spend the rest of their lives together.

With this beautiful story in mind, we cross the Puente Villarente and we go out through a wide sidewalk next to the N-601. There, we have two options to enter to León: we must choose between going through Arcahueja or going by the N-601 until we arrive to the city center.

If we choose the second option we must be careful with the traffic, especially in the Industrial Estate part, but the advantage is that the profile will be simpler and we will skip any highway cross line or any overpass.

If we choose the path to the right making way to the exit of de Villarente Bridge, we will travel almost in a flat way until we get to Arcahueja, where we will find a short ramp that takes us to a path close to the highway, which we will take in order to get to Industrial State. The N-601 goes over the middle of the industrial estate and we must cross by a blue-painted overpass. Going down to that point, we cross again by another overpass in a road junction, the solid ground will become concrete as soon as we get to Madrid Avenue. When we see the parish church of Puente Castro we should change course to left, crossing the Torío River through a pedestrian bridge and following the avenue until a roundabout, where we will get to La Plaza de Toros just by turning left. From this point, we will go into the monumental area, turning right. We continue forward until the narrow street, that if we turn left it will take us directly to the cathedral.

It’s true that this entrance could be a little confusing for cyclists because of all the turns, crossroads and pedestrian crossings we have to pass over. If you want to make it simpler, you can go through the N-601 until we get to the first roundabout of the city, moving forwards through the Europa Avenue until the Reino de León Avenue (first highway exiting to the right obliquely) we keep on moving forwards passing by 6 perpendicular street crossroads, you will only have to turn left in the San Pedro street so you can get to the cathedral. . We mark this whole journey en in yellow on our stage map.


León is one of the greatest, an historical city and a must-see during the French Road. And further than that, it represents a breath of young and fresh air, a dynamic city full of vigorous culture: bar concerts, art exhibitions, among others. This is the kind of life we get when we make our way in this city, in that existential movement in its monumental area, which encourages the travelers to join the fun.

Cities like León, being such a big-sized city, often overwhelm pilgrims who arrive late and tired. Having to get correctly informed and design a route that allows us visiting all of those places calmly, can become a really hard job to do after a long stage. It’s such a shame that it is so hard for us to decide visiting the places when we have so many options to enjoy.

That’s why, we decided in Tournride to make this whole process easier, after relaxing from all the effort you have made today, you get motivated to go on a walk: we will give you a map with the whole walk itinerary and we tell you what you will find exactly in each point. This only lasts 40 minutes, 40 minutes that are truly worth it.

For those thinking about taking a relaxing day in your road, you must know that León is the best option to do this. Also depending on how late you go on your walk, some of the visiting places could be closed. Unless you would want to visit them in the morning before pedaling your way up to the next stage, you can spend a whole day visiting those places calmly, it could be an entire day dedicated to this magnificent city.

Let’s enjoy León, a monumental city with a lot to offer us!

Cathedral of León in a sunny day

Cathedral of León (Picture given by Manuel)

A little bit of History to start with…

León owes a big part of its current configuration to romans. Before the Italian conquerors arrived, this part of the territory was deserted.

The roman army was organized in legions, a type of military units with its own internal hierarchy. They would move in order to conquer territories or to perform some specific missions. In the year 29 B.C. the Legio VI Victrix (“Sixth victorious legion”) created a provisional military camp at the high plateau of the junction between the Rivers Torío and Bernesga.. This was an ideal place to make sure of the water supply, and it was located at a good communicational passage between the North and the center of Hispania that they were trying to control.

In the same years, they began to explode intensely a huge gold mine located nearby León: las Médulas.The extraction method used by the romans, called “ruina montium”, has left a spectacular landscape in this area that it’s worth all the time in the world to visit. The waterways used to be diverged and letting loose the current all at once, demolishing quickly big parts of mountain.

Las Médulas panoramic

Las Médulas panoramic (Picture given by Rafael Ibañez Fernández)

Thanks to this method the Romans extracted a lot of gold. A permanent settlement was needed in order to control all the resources. That’s why, whenthe Legio VI Vitrix had to leave to fight in the Rin in the year 74 B.C., the Legio VII Gémina came as a substitute..

This legion created a much better elaborated camp. In the actuality, in León, there is a lot left from what the Romans made back from I to III A.D. . The current Ancha Street that leads to the cathedral was the old roman “thistle”, the main north southern street of the camp that made junction perpendicularly with the “decumanus”. Under the cathedral, there are ruins of the old roman baths, and in the Cid garden, some ruins of the whole pipeline system.

León Walls made of stone

León Walls (Picture given by Rubén Ojeda)

With the defeat of the Roman Empire, the Swabians took possession of the old camp and transformed the buildings into proper living places that would remain through time, like the roman baths. Later, the Visigoths conquered the territory and the settlement was almost deserted. This situation remained standing like this during the Arabic conquest, because León remained in a middle area between both fronts.

In 856 King Ordoño I succeeded on conquering León, so it became part of the Asturias Reign. Years after, the disputes about power between his three grandsons ended up by uniting the territories of Asturias and León at the León Kingdom, so this settlement became a capital for the first time.

In 1188 León goes down in history by being the first place where a King organizes the first Assembly of all Europe back in the Middle Age. That’s why this city is known as “The cradle of parliamentarism”.

During the following centuries, León kept growing, becoming of the most important cities for the crown and for the Santiago way One time, it had like 17 hospitals for pilgrims and was the western headquarters of the Military Order of Santiago.

In the XIX century it became the providence capital and in the city gets and expansion district in an orthogonal design. León became then, the big dynamic and modern city that we all know today, even though some marks of its past prevail in its streets and monumental buildings that we can all visit today. You can visit this webpage, to see them more in detail where you can find historical virtual recreations of León.

We visit these four must-see: Cathedral, Casa Botines, San Isidoro and San Marcos

We start with the city’s most emblematic symbol: The Cathedral, also known as the “Pulchra Leonina”. This nickname already gives an idea of what the visitors will find in “bella leonesa”. The beginnings of this was in 1275, once gothic was as its peak, having a lot of similarities with temples of Reims or Amiens.

SWithout any doubt, the most impressive thing about this Cathedral are its glass vitrines, without taking credit away from the details in its stone sculpture or the amazing height of its walls and towers. Being put in a radiant gothic stylish frame, its tripartite elevation opens the walls all over its parts to insert polychromatic stained glassed window that paint the inside of the temple with multi-colored lights.

South Crossroad of the Cathedral of León

South Crossroad of the Cathedral of León (Picture given by Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias)

As these vitrines already followed a specific iconographic program, the inner architecture of the gothic cathedrals resembled practically aniconic. The sculpture was taken outside and the three covers of the external western facade are kept in an impressive cycle.

Cathedral of León’s western cover in the Saint James Way by bike

Cathedral of León’s western cover (Picture given by Michel Curi)

The main door is dedicated to la Virgen Blanca (The White Virgin) and also represents parts of the Final Judgment. In detail, we can mention that the current Virgin’s sculpture located at the mullion is an exact copy of the original that it’s kept inside the temple for its maintenance.

To the left, there is la Puerta de San Juan, with scenes from Jesus’s birth and the first moments of his life. To the right, we have la Puerta de San Francisco, dedicated entirely to tell stories about the Virgin’s life (her death below, and her coronation above).

The cathedral of León is one of the most monuments of the entire French Road that deserves an inside-visit. Because of its architectonic style, it’s precisely designed to amaze people. We highly recommend you, as long as you can, to take time out of your journey this visit. You can find more information on this page about prices and schedules.

Stained glass window of the Cathedral of León

Stained glass window of the Cathedral of León (Picture given by Jose Luis Cernada Iglesias)

BWe go down the cathedral through the Ancha Street, built above the old roman “thistle” At the back; to the right we can get tour view of the great Casa Botines. This Antonio Gaudí work of art is one of the fewest buildings that he made outside of Cataluña. We will see more of those in the next stage: the Casa Episcopal de Astorga.

Drawing of Casa de Botines

Drawing of Casa de Botines by Antonio Gaudí

This was a Catalan businessman, named Joan Homs i Botinàs, that handed over the design of this building to Gaudí at the end of XIX century. Below, he opened fabric warehouses and above, Joan built a normal place for. With an unmistakable modern taste, the building is framed in a neogothic style. If we finish visiting this cathedral, we can’t avoid how the lobed archs with little columns remind us of the triforium of Pulchra Leonina.  In general, the towers placed in a corner and its strong appearance reminds us of a medieval palace, but its modernist air makes it way more elegant.

In the actuality, the Casa Botines is the Caja España (a savings bank) headquarters. In 1996 this organization restored the whole building trying to eliminate the remodeling made after Gaudi’s death. Today, we can only have access to de bank office area. The visit is for free and the schedule is from 8:30 to 14:00.

Principal Facade of the Casa Botines

Principal Facade of the Casa Botines (Picture given by Ruben Ojeda)

Surrounding the Casa Botines to the east, in the Ruiz Street of Salazar, we go ahead to the Basilica of San Isidoro. We propose turning right to Pilotos Regueral so we can take advantage of the road visiting the Cid gardens, a small hidden treasure located in the old part of the city. While we recover our energy in one of the pews, we can contemplate some ruins of the roman pipeline systems.

Scoring exposed at the external part of the Legio VII Gemina champ

Scoring exposed at the external part of the Legio VII Gemina champ (Picture given by Caligatus)

Going forward by the Cid Street, in less than a minute we arrive to the Basilica of San Isidoro. Within this facility, it is located the Panteón de los Reyes (The Kings Pantheon), named “Capilla Sixtina del Románico” (the Romantic Sistine Chapel). It is a squared area divided in six vault sections covered entirely by paintings of the XII century, with an outstanding state of preservation. This impressive legacy is held up by tick columns with big capitals full with decoration themes, resting inside sculpted sepulchers kings and consorts.

Panteón de Los Reyes in the facility of the Basilica of San Isidoro

Panteón de Los Reyes in the facility of the Basilica of San Isidoro

The Access to the Church of San Isidoro is for free. It was built right next to the old medieval wall, which by the way we can still find some ruins of. The inside of the temple contrasts with what we just saw inside the cathedral. There isn’t any light left; the romantic is covered by the darkness and soundness, with decorative and imaginary cycles –and sometimes, disturbing- on the columns capitals. Outside, the cover sculpture is also a romantic treasure

PTo visit the cloisters, the Panteón de los Reyes and the San Isidoro Museum, we have to go directly to the small entrance to the west, located at an extreme of the square. It costs around 5€ and includes a guided-tour, which we highly recommend here in Tournride.

Pantócrator painting on one of the Pantheon’s vaults

Pantócrator painting on one of the Pantheon’s vaults

Bodering the Basilica of San Isidoro through Sacramento Street, we turn obliquely to the left so we can head to the Suero de Quiñones Avenue that will lead us directly to San Marcos Square. We are welcomed in this place by a pilgrim monument. A man made of bronze looking over to San Marcos. He is barefoot, sitting below a cruise and dressed with the pilgrim’s staff and the Jacobean medieval clothing.

Monument to the pilgrim in San Marcos

Monument to the pilgrim in San Marcos (Picture given by José Luis Cernadas Iglesias)

This sculpture not only makes reference to the importance of what the French Road made to the glory of León capital, but also the origin of the main building of San Marcos. In the XII century a child made a big donation to build a huge building for pilgrims outside the city’s walls. This temple-hospital grew up and became headquarters of the Santiago Order, the protective knights of the Jacobean roads.

In the actuality, there is almost nothing left of that building. Its disrepair made room for its demolition in the XXVI in order to build up this Renaissance masterpiece. The great plateresque facade is divided in two big sections, which uniformity and symmetry transmit some kind of calm even though it is covered by a lot of decoration. Under the plinth there are sculptured medallions with greco-latin characters example of the true Humanism and classic glory in the Renaissance time. Emperors like Julio César or Trajano, and artistic promoters of small pieces from the Renaissance period, formers as Charlemagne stares at us from their honored medallions.

San Marcos square

San Marcos (Picture given by José Luis Cernadas Iglesias)

From the beginning, the group of San Marcos has been making multiple services.. It was before a hospital for pilgrims and a convent, but also a prison –where Quevedo was Locke up-, educational center, state office, and republican prisoners’ camps during the Civil War… Today it works as a National Tourism Parador, even though the church keeps on having a religious usage, and in addition there is a part that is home to a museum with sacred pieces.

It is important to mention that this Parador has a cafeteria closet to the Bernesga River, with a pleasant terrace with view to San Marcos Bridge. This is an ideal place to relax.

San Marcos Bridge

San Marcos Bridge (Picture given by José Luis Cernadas Iglesias)

We finish in El Húmedo town enjoying of the León’s patrimony while we have some tapas

After all the knowledge acquired by the cultural visits from León, we can only finish the day in one way: Tasting the delicious gastronomy from the city.

Even though the city offers a big variety in restaurants where you can find a balance between price and quality, in Tornride we recommend you going to the El Húmedo neighborhood, where you can visit bar after bar tasting the different specialties of each place. In the majority of them, they serve you those just by asking for drinks, and in some others, you usually pay for them.

To get to El Húmedo enjoying of a nice ride we recommend you following the river’s shore until you get to Ordoño II Avenue, where turning to left you will get to la Casa Botines. Certainly it isn’t the shortest way, but it allows you to get to know a little bit more this other part of the city.

The entire area between the Ancha Street, the Mayor Square and the Cathedra is full with bars and restaurants. You can’t miss the blood sausage –this one is spread and along with rice, unlike the one from Burgos- and also the cured meat.

With this delicious food, we say goodbye until the next stage. We will go to Astorga, where it’ll be our last day in a flat profile… We’ll have el Bierzo and los Ancares as the counterpoint to these plains full with cereal camps!

Pilgrims watching the sunset in Santiago´s Way

Sunset in Santiago’s Way

The Way of Saint James: French Way. Third route: From Estella to Logroño


From Estella to Logroño (48 kms.) (With exit from hostel, bar-restaurant, or tourist office)

One of the hardest stages but also more gratificantes of all the French Way. The difficulty is considered high with heights of height of until 750 metres, but the route by Navarra and The Rioja, do it an only experience.

Fuente del vino Camino de Santiago

Bodegas Irache en Estella- Fuente del Vino.

When splitting of the hostel of Estella, the first stop forced is the one of the famous source of the wine, of Cellars Irache. A grolo of wine to begin the travesía with energy, always comes very (but without happening ). In this distance, have the option to go by the traditional route, by narrow footpaths and that, depending on the period of the year, can be full of mud, or, visit the road that do the most comfortable Way, although, although it is true, less attractive and without being able to enjoy of the beautiful seen highland.

The first unemployed can do it in The Arches, a place in where you will be able to take a coffee in many of the cafés and take advantage of to do some shopping in the shops and local supermarkets. If you follow the option of road, the asphalt is in quite good state, although, to the equal that following the traditional route, is a continuous goes up and drop, because of the rugged terrain navarro. From Towers of the River, after going up to the high, if you look for backwards have a beautiful sight of Sansol, and if you look for forward, the Way complicates a pile. The following stopped before arriving to The Rioja is in a small pueblecito called Viana. Ideal for afterwards take the lane-bici that begins in the community and that drives directly to Logroño.

Santa María de Arcos- Camino de Santiago

Iglesia de Santa María de Arcos- Fuente: ViajarAhora.com

The way goes in in Logroño by the north until the famous Pozo Cubillas, known source where the pilgrims take advantage of to freshen his feet. You can enjoy in the next oriel to the source, in which the beautiful seen of the bridge of stone and the towers of the churches, will not leave you indifferent. At the beginning of the bridge of stone finds the office of the pilgrim and when crossing the river Ebro go in in the ancient helmet and arrive to the hostel of Logroño.

Logroño Is a small city, but with all the services, kind and near people and interminable places of visit after doing your Way of Santiago in bicycle. Gastronomy of luxury and to popular prices, and tourist visits like the Bridge of Stone, the Bridge of Iron, the Theatre Bretón of the Smiths or the Wall of Revellín.

Camino de Santiago- Pozo Cubillas

Pozo Cubillas en Logroño- Fuente de Peregrinos

Ruta Camino de Santiago Fisterra-Muxía

The Way of Saint James: Fisterra to Muxía. The lastest route

The fantastic last route of The Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago): The “muxiana”, from Fisterra to Muxía.

After our last post, where we explained the itinerary of one of the ways to Santiago that is having a most influence in recent times, (The Fisterrana), we present an extension of this way, which is completed with a new stage: the route from The End of the World (Fisterra) to the beautiful fishing village of Muxía, in Costa da Morte (Cost of Death), Galicia. This path is becoming increasingly well known among the pilgrims walking on different bike routes belonging to Camino de Santiago and want to explore new places in Galicia close to the sea.

It is a stage that runs very close to the Galician coast in the area of the Rías Altas, passing by beautiful rivers like Río Grande, Rego da Carballiza or Río Castro. This stage does not consist on steep and rugged terrain or high altitudes. It is quite comfortable to go through in one session.

Single stage: Finisterre to Muxía (29,3Km).

Km 0, Fisterra (all services).

We must retrace the steps that brought us to Finisterre. We return towards Langosteira Beach. We go through the parish of San Martiño de Duio. The parish church next to the road, dating from 1717 (S. XVIII), is baroque style. A beautiful place. We have already covered the first 1,7Km.

Camino de Santiago en bicicleta. Finisterre Fisterra

After passing San Martiño de Duio, we take a detour of 1km, with ups and downs through Escaselas (Km, 2,8), and reach Hermedesuxo de Abaixo, that we see on our left (Km 3,6). At this point, the official way braches off to the right towards San Salvador, although some pilgrims continue straight along the paved stretch. It is the well-known variant of Rostro. It links in Padris and although it is shorter, it is not worth much because you roll on asphalt.

In the last part, you see the beach of Rostro, usually through the pines, but you do not walk on the beach at any time.

If we take one or another direction, we reach the village of Padris (Km 9,7). Before us, we enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean, a fantastic memory that makes the Camino de Santiago by bike unforgettable. The route passes through beautiful meadows and cornfields, and ends in Canosa, where we have a picnic area where we can rest (Km 11,8).

Lires (all services)


After this short brake, we pass one of the most beautiful places in the Costa da Morte: Lires. We can even divert from the stretch of the Camino de Santiago by bike to enjoy the nearby beaches. Continuing our tour of the parish of Cee, we must pay close attention to the signs. There are several accommodation in Lires (Lires cabins, for example, is an ideal resting) and all the services of bars and restaurants. We walk uphill and left the detour to the bar on the right. It is the only town on the stage with services so it is almost bound to renew forces in this location.

We pass Lires and go down the river Castro. Crossing the river, we have already entered the council of Muxía, but we already have a long way to go. It is important to point out that in seventy meters the road branches off to the left and takes you to Vaosilveiro (Km 14,5).

After a brief detour, we connect a road that leads us to Fixe (Km 15,8). The bulk of the population is on the right and we turn left onto a track among pine trees. Later we cross a road –the official signs mark 12 Km to Muxía)- and resume the track until Guisamonde (Km 18,2).

Just over a kilometer after Morquintián, you will see a point with double signalization. Attention!! It is prudent to continue to the right following the yellow arrows painted on the asphalt. After 350 meter, the route deviates from the left and take a clear path up to the vicinity of Facho de Lourido, the highest point of the stage: 269 meters.

A wide path takes you down to the next village: Xuranantes (Km 24,7). At the exit, we take a local track and we pass near the drinking fountain of Bico. Immediately, on reaching the road, there is another little jam with the signals. In front of you, some arrows encourages you to enter a path with takes you to the beach of Lourido after a short stretch of sand dunes, but one there you, inevitably, must climb up to the road again. The official itinerary, the option we recommend, follows the road along the beach above (Km 26,1). So, there is no loss to Muxía. As soon as you enter Muxía, the signals lead us to the public shelter, turning right on Campo das Pinas Street and along Os Malatos and Enfesto streets (Km 28).

Muxía (all services)

Once settle in the hostel (there are also other private hostel near the Tourist Office), you should visit the sanctuary of Virgen de la Barca, ravaged by the fire that took place on Christmas Day 2013. Go down Manuel Lastres Street and turn right to Calle Real. On the way to the shrine we can get into the tourist office, where we can pick up de Muxiana. A heavenly place where you will find nature, leisure, entertainment and crowds of options to complete your trip.

The Way of Saint James: Santiago de Compostela to Fisterra by bike (from Praza do Obradoiro to Faro Finisterre)

At the same way that is an unique event, arrive to the saint city in where they rest the rests of the Apostle Santiago from does more than two tens of centuries, the peregrinación to the end of the world known until the 15th century, is all an unforgettable experience that the pilgrims will be able to do in bicycle in two comfortable and fun stages of trips.

With supporting document from 1997, when the City council of Fisterra created the “Fisterrana” (an equivalent of the famous “Compostelana” exactly with the same working), this Route of the Way of Santiago has gone taking a lot of leadership during the last fifteen years. A stage that visits rivers, mountains, terrains rough and beautiful villages of the interior and of the Galician coast that will remain presents in your eyes. To continuation, present the two stages of which states, described painstakingly so that you can travel to Galicia without going out of house.

1ª day: Santiago de Compostela – Olveiroa (58 kilometres)

Taking like starting point the Square of the Obradoiro, after enjoying of the beautiful sight of the Cathedral of Santiago, the Pazo of Raxoi and the Hostal of the Reis Catholic, take the slope that descends to Rúa give Hortas to continue rectum to Street Galeras. Fortunately, the distance of exit of the city is signposted with the yellow arrows indicated for pilgrims and is quite comfortable and simple go out of the city. After abandoning the city compostelana, will go through Roxos in some stretches that combine asphalt with earth and small footpaths, in addition to a hard travesía by the High of Sea of Ovellas. We cross the lovely Put you Maceira and if you have gone out early of Santiago, recommend to stop to eat, rest and enjoy, the village of Negreira. Multiple restaurants and services of all type with traditional kitchen and to a price more than affordable.

Tramo Fisterrana, Camino de Santiago

In the afternoon, after 10 kilometres of progressive rise (although with no too much slope), go through the villages of Cores and Canle, until arriving to the aldea of Vilacoba, in where the distance until Olveiroa will do much more distended and pleasant. In this village, there is multiple hotels, rural houses and hostels in where can rest, as well as restaurants and houses of foods that will do that you do not have to spend a lot of money to enjoy of a dinner and that help you to replace strengths.

2ª day- Olveiroa – Faro Finisterre (47 kilometres)

Due to the fact that the stretch is shorter, is not necessary madrugar in excess and calmly, go out of Olveiroa and continue by tracks of earth by the mountains of the City council of Dumbría. A bit more advance of the aldea of Hospital, go through the curious Hermitage of the Virxen give Neves, for to continuation, can enjoy of the beautiful seen to the sea, with destination to Cee. We recommend to have caution during these descents, since they are very dangerous. We recommend that the stop to eat realise in this lovely sailor villa as it is Cee, that, to the equal that Corcubión (at the side of Cee), with a lot of restaurants with menu of the day, fishes, mariscos and meats as well as pinchos typical of the zone.

Ponte Camino de Santiago Fisterra

We restart ours walk course to Fisterra, crossing of an estuary to another crossing a mountain no very escarpado and high, arrive to the lovely beach of Estorde, a place in which do a stop to replace strengths before arriving to Sardiñeiro of Abaixo. A gratificante visited by the coast of the Galician Rías Altas will accompany you until your destination, going through Escaselas, in where again we have beach if you apetece give you a bathroom. And we arrive to Fisterra, in where shortly after initiating a descent, find us with one of the instantaneous more photographed of the Way: the sight of the cape and the Faro Finisterre. After happening the two “Petones” (Petón do Corvo and Petón Hovered), will arrive finally of the world known from the romanización of the ancient Gallaecia. If have win, still could continue with your Way until Muxía, following the route of the Costa da Morte in the also already famous “Muxiana“.

Vista Finisterre- Fisterrana, Camino de Santiago

The Way, second route: Pamplona-Estella



Pamplona to Estella (44 kms.) (from the hostel, restaurant or tourist office centre)

Pamplona, the city by recognized of the most multitudinous party of Spain: Saint Fermines. Affable and pleasant people, joy in the city and an old zone full of restaurants with excellent gastronomy. In the next church to the hostel, will be able to assist to the blessing of the pilgrim, so that the trip accompany you with all the luck and fortune of the world. We begin to ride!

Plaza del Castillo en Pamplona


The rest in the hostel of pilgrims of Pamplona is ensured. It consists of rooms with several literary but reigns a very cordial environment so much in the personnel of attention as with the remaining pilgrims. After the exit in bicycle, recommend not carrying a lot of weight in the alforjas, since it treats of a stage with rises and descents in which we will notice the weight of our luggage. True is that it is more remarkable during the descents, but in the rises complicates a lot the comfort in the pedaleo.

We stand out Pamplona like a city in which the amaneceres are cold and humid, by what, in your exit, recommend a good breakfast accompanied of clothes of coat and also some piece for the rain. Descending the street of Curia until Mercaderes, the one of the famous curve of the runnings of the bulls of Saint Fermín, arrive until the Consistorial square, beautiful façade the one of the City council of Pamplona. We continue by Saint Saturnino and visit of tip to tip the Greater street. After a step peatonal advance until the avenue of the Army and go in in the Turn of the Castle, beautiful park grown around the defensive bastion of the Citadel.

More advance, the signaling forces to leave the green zone to access to the street Source of the Iron, that crosses the avenue Sancho the Strong and drop until the University of Navarra. It abandons the private institution by the bridge of Acella on the river Sadar (Km 3). By an andadero, after two kilometres, arrives in light slope until Cizur Lower, population of the Cendea of Cizur.

Puente de paso de Cizur Menor

We leave Cizur between semi-detached and happen to places calmer. In the place of Guenduláin, visionaremos a beautiful lake of water and in two kilometres further up is Zariquiegui, last population of the Cendea of Cizur on the way of Santiago. We leave the tracks and take a more interesting footpath that opens  step between espinos. We will arrive to the famous source of Gambellacos, known by the following legend: they explain that in this place, the devil offered water to a pilgrim thirsty in return that it complained of God, the Virgin and Santiago. The pilgrim, half moribundo, despised the drink and prayed until the demon went  and appeared the source that satiated him. Satiated also we, devote the last effort until the high of the Saw of the Pardon, natural barrier between the Pamplona and Valdizarbe.

Fuente de la Reniega

Fuente de la Reniega

We will arrive to the Height of the Pardon, a good place to do a stop and enjoy of fantastic seen while we do a rest, eat something to replace strengths and pose the following part of the stage. After this light rest, visit the villages of Uterga, Muruzábal and Obanos in where we cross to continue to the vega of the river Steal until the entrance of Bridge the Queen. Beside the church of Santiago fulfil the two dozens of kilometres. The half of our way. In Bridge The Queen have all the services (hostels, cafeterias, restaurants, tourist offices, etc). A good place to stop to eat and enjoy of his architecture and monuments to face the afternoon until Estella, a more complex route.

The distance of game of Bridge The Queen goes through the valley of Mañeru, that gives us one of the postcards of the Way: a panoramic totally natural and no adulterated, surrounded by a road full of winegrapes and cereals that illustrate the image. Spectacular. Going down the valley, continue until Cirauqui, that stands out by his shod roman, the boat race of Iguste and the viaduct of the channel of Alloz, worthy places to contemplate and decelerar in the pedaleo.

The last stops would be Lorca and Villatuerta in where contáis with hostels, pharmacies, restaurants and cafés for “repostar” and take any refrigerio and can complete the 44 kms. Of this stage until Estella. A complete stage for any cyclist: rises and descents, different types of route: city, field, footpaths and shod, and excellent seen natural.

Puente del Picudo de Estella

Picudo Bridge in Estella


The Way, first route: RONCESVALLES – PAMPLONA


Km 0. Roncesvalles (from the hostel, restaurant or tourist office centre)

Km  0. Saint Jean au Pied du Port.-01

In the beginning of the way a priest expects to all the one who undertakes the armed trip with a good bunch of stamps of the virgin of Roncesvalles and with a smile of these that hit. It greets you, question, interests by your plan of trip and until does a photo with you if like this you ask it to him. Ready, smart?, and it begins the riding.

Depending on the station in which it do , is very important to take into account the suitable clothes and a kit of first helps for our bicycle (stock exchange of complete repair, new camera and bomb), especially if it travels in period of rains. It is very typical to listen in this first stage (if it is period of rains) that it is impossible to go down in bicycle from Roncesvalles, but those that are accustomed to walk by earth will be delighted and will be able to forget of the pilotage to enjoy of the colours, the pastures, and the first greetings of proud pilgrims of an amazing trip: 790 kilometres until Santiago de Compostela.

Going out by the N-135 takes a small way that discurre to the embroider of the forest of Sorginaritzaga or robledal of Witches, a bucólico walk that leaves to see at the end the mythical cross of the Pilgrims, a cruise of the Gothic period that was moved to this place to finals of the XIX. This walk finishes beside the polygon Ipetea, where goes back to go out to the N-135 to go in in Auritz/Burguete.


In Auritz/Burguete there is a pair of bars that open early for those that are to repeat breakfast. One of them finds beside the church of Saint Nicolás and another some one hundred metres afterwards. Happened the parish the Saint street Nicolás (corresponds with the N-135, are all one) twist to the right beside a banking branch to the river Urrobi. After sortear several courses of water by rudimentary driveways of stone and solve a small repecho, goes out to a track asphalted from which already appreciate the roofs of Spinal, first pertaining village to the valley of Erro.

When arriving to the village of Spinal, just where there is a bar and a bakery (a perfect place to take down of sweet and recomponer energy) turns to the right to a zone by which only can circulate by the sidewalk. Justo after a step of pedestrians it is necessary to turn to the left until it takes the track to go up to the height of Mizkitirtz. Two kilometres afterwards finds an image ploughed of the Virgin of Roncesvalles. Care when crossing the road: it is necessary to have a lot of care of not to confuse and take the senda that is not.

A metallic door carries to an impressive hayedo that will guide until the next population. The last stretch of this senda will be pavimentado to keep moved away the possible barrizal of winter. This will carry to a senda that drives to Bizkarreta, end of stage during the 12th century thanks to the existence of a hospital of pilgrims.

Just to the manually left entrance finds a bar, and when leaving the village, beside the shop of Biskarret takes course to Lintzoain, following village that finds to some two kilometres.

Once in Lintzoain, arrived to a pediment it is necessary to twist to the right to take a way of cement very hard. It follows him a track of gravel? A stone signposts that they remain four kilometres until the high of Erro- and afterwards a senda narrow.

The first going ups are the hardest, but little by little the slope yields and the way widens , until enjoying by moments of small falling stretches, as the one who carries until the same high of Erro, where crosses the N-135.

Between the spring and the autumn exists a mobile bar that works with energy solar. They sell sodas, fruit, barritas energetic and bollería industrial. In spring serve also drunk hot.

It begins the descent, surprise some stretches of the descent in which there are stairs, until arriving to the bridge of the Anger on the river Arga, construction by which accesses to Zubiri and to the valley of Esteribar.

Km  0. Saint Jean au Pied du Port.-01

To follow the way having visited the village of Zubiri it is necessary to go back on the steps and cross again the bridge of the Anger. A kilometre afterwards finds a polygon that it is necessary to surround by a road, until descending a small stretch of stairs to abandon the industrial area and arrive to the village of Ilarratz. Roughly a kilometre afterwards will be Eskirotz and another kilometre more will carry to Larrasoaña.

If you come from Zubiri the itinerary does not arrive to this place, since it finds separated of the way by the river Arga and the bridge of the Bandits. A short promotion of 500 metres roughly carries until the following core, Akerreta.

Following the way it is necessary to happen near of a rural hotel and after a porthole and a stretch of gravel arrives until a local road that has to cross . The following stretch is of tale: protected between the trees and thickets until finding the river Arga and begin a descent until the same bank. Hit to the course of the river until arriving to the bridge of Zuriain.

Beside the bridge find the bar and the hostel The Stop of Zurian. It goes out until the road N-135 and takes the detour of Ilurdotz, until going back to cross the Arga to direct until Irotz.

Puente de la Reina, Pamplona

Pamplona fourth stage of the Way of St. James

Pamplona, 4th French Way Stage

Pamplona is worlwide known mainly by San Fermin, and of course, in part thanks to Hemingway. However it has much more to offer whoever decide to visit it. If you start cycling the Camino de Santiago from this point you should take the opportunity to discover all its charm.

Tournride and the cyclopilgrims

Our main goal is to provide you with the best experience cycling the camino, and make it as comfortable as possible. Therefore we offer high quality bike hiring. And if you arrive to Pamplona with more luggage than you can bring, we can arrange to pick whatever you don’t need until the end of the camino from your hotel, and bring it to Santiago. Tournride will keep it safe for a small fee until you finish “The Way”. We also have different accesories that cover all the cyclopilgrim needs.

Said that, we continue talking about Pamplona Interesting information:


Bus Station

Train Station

Tourism Office

What to see and do in Pamplona

The Sanfermines Who hasn’t heard about San Fermín? Meeting Pamplona from July 6th to 14th, meanwhile doing the Camino de Santiago, is an unique experience. At the end of the holydays you can retake the way full of energy and great enthusiasm.

Santa María la Real Cathedral

It’ a must visit for any pilgrim. A single ecclesiastical architectural ensemble, being the most complete cathedral complex that is conserved in Spain. Its different rooms were built between XIV and XVIII centuries, and so, despite Gothic predominates, we can find out some Romanesque presence.

La Catedral de Santa María la Real, Pamplona

Santa María la Real Cathedral, Pamplona

La Ciudadela

It is considered the best example of military architecture of the Spanish Renaissance and one of the most important defensive ensemble in Europe.

La Ciudadela, Pamplona

La Ciudadela, Pamplona

Yamaguchi Park

Created in 1997 by Japanese landscape designers. It contains all the typical elements of a Japanese garden.

Parque Yamaguchi, Pamplona

Yamaguchi Park, Pamplona

Walking around the outskirts of the Arga river or enjoy a coffee at the legendary Café Iruña (even in the “El rincón de Hemingway”) are some of the many entertainment options offered by Pamplona.

Los pinchos

You shouldn’t abandon Pamplona without tasting its traditional “pinchos” (brochettes). Though all his cuisine is excelent, “tapas” is a deeply rooted custom. And with high quality products.

Pincho de lomo, chorizo y salchichón.

Pincho de lomo, chorizo y salchichón.

Discover Pamplona and begin a beatiful adventure: El Camino de Santiago by bike.