During your camino with an Ebike you bike in 6 stages from León to Santiago de Compostela. You follow the route from the famous camino to the pilgrimcity of Santiago. The total number of kilometers is 310. And the stages are about 53 km per day. That may seem short, but keep in mind that it is not a flat route. And it’s the perfect distance on your electric bike without exhausting your 500 wh battery.
During your camino with an Ebike you bike from Cruz de Ferro near León to the green and natural Galicia. You pass O´Cebreiro and via Sarria, you reach Santiago de Compostela. Along the way you will enjoy the cultural richness, the delicious gastronomy and the cordiality of the local inhabitants.
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After arriving at your hotel, you can rest or take a walk through the beautiful city of León. A city where you can enjoy the famous tapas, the cathedral, the basilica of San Isidoro and the Parador de San Marcos. The perfect way to start your pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.
After a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast, pick up your Ebike (it is located near the hotel). However, don’t forget to leave your luggage at the hotel and only take what you need along the way. You are ready: your camino with an Ebike is about to start! You follow the yellow arrows that mark the route of the Camino de Santiago.
You leave León by the beautiful Roman bridge at the Parador Hostal de San Marcos. The most beautiful place of this stage is the Roman bridge over the river Rio Orbigo in Hospital de Órbigo. In the Cathedral of Santiago, the statue of the apostle wears a necklace from a knight dueling several knights on this bridge. As a thank you for his victories, he gave the cathedral his necklace.
In general it is a fairly flat stage today. And on the way you can already enjoy the view of the mountains that will be climbed tomorrow. After about 50 kilometers you reach Astorga. A 2000 year old walled Roman capital of one of the oldest in Spain. The city is crossed by both the Camino Frances and the Camino del Sur (or Vía de la Plata). We recommend you to visit the Episcopal Palace of Gaudí (Palacio Episcopal), the Chocolate Museum, the Roman Road (Ruta Romana), the Museo Romano and of course the historic city center.
The first climb awaits you a few kilometers after Astorga. The landscape changes and today you bike through the green foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains. Along the way you will pass through several beautiful and charming towns, such as Castillo de los Polvazares. More than worth to have a coffee break. After passing Rabanal del Camino, the route climbs up to Mount Irago. At the top, the famous Cruz de Ferro awaits you. With a beautiful view. At Cruz de Ferro, many pilgrims have left behind a stone they brought back from home. As a symbol for their worries.
The camino Santiago continues through a wonderful natural with some villages. The views are breathtaking. After a long descent to the Bierzo valley you arrive at your final destination Molinaseca. Molinaseca is a village full of cozy restaurants, visited by both pilgrims and locals who all want to admire the photogenic streets and nice cafes. Time to recover from today’s stage.
The camino with an Ebike will brinf you from Molinaseca to Vega de Valcarce today. The camino Santiago takes you further through the mountain-surrounded valley of the Bierzo. After about 10 kilometers you will reach Ponferrada. A city with in the center a famous Templar castle from the 12th century (“Castillo de los Templarios”). Via a network of small rural roads you bike through a field landscape that is intensively used for fruit and vegetable cultivation. Excellent wine is growing here. Thanks to the favorable micro-climate of the Bierzo.
The perfect place for lunch today is Villafranca del Bierzo. It is also known as the “other” or “small” Santiago. A beautiful village in the middle of the Bierzo with a church from the twelfth century. After Villafranca you will have to climb again to the highest point of the camino Frances: O’Cebreiro. A beautiful accommodation in the small mountain village of Vega de Valcarce is your final destination for today. Here you can relax and prepare for the last tough climb that is on the program tomorrow.
This day starts with the hardest part of your whole Camino de Santiago by Ebike. In the shade of poplars, birch, oak and chestnut trees you bike to O’Cebreiro. The highest point of the camino Frances. The Celtic mountain village with houses of thick granite walls and low roofs seems to come straight from the strip of Astrix and Obelix. The climb is tough, but if you are lucky with the weather you will have an amazing view on a cloudless day.
After a coffee, the Camino de Santiago descends through the rolling green landscape. You leave the mountains behind and arrive in Galicia. This not only changes the landscape, but most likely also the weather. This is due to the influence of the Atlantic ocean. After the long descent you reach Triacastela. This means ‘three castles’. Unfortunately, there is no more of the castles left. To get to Sarria you have two options: you bike to the Benedictine monastery of Samos. Founded in the 6th century and one of the oldest monasteries in the Western world. This route is slightly longer, but definitly worth it. The other route is shorter, making the faster in Sarria.
Sarria, an important stopover for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela for centuries, is also the end of this stage. Sarria is a town of approximately 13,000 inhabitants and is the last place on which pilgrims on foot can start to travel the minimum distance of 100 km to receive the Certificate of the Camino. Many pilgrims start their pilgrimage here. And that means a lot of energy in the town!
The camino de Santiago by ebike brings you to Palas de Rei. Time to explore Galicia further. It is one of the most beautiful regions in Spain. Both in terms of nature and tradition. During your camino with an Ebike, the pilgrimage route is perhaps the most beautiful today. The road flattens out, but is still hilly. Now that the end is near, optimism is increasingly gaining. The path runs along quiet country roads across the Galician countryside to Palas de Rei. You will be surrounded by the authentic Spanish countryside. The green fields, fertile orchards and simple buildings and stone hamlets.
Today you will bike past small typical Galician villages and shady chestnut forests. You follow a network of quiet rural roads to the village of Barbedelo, where you can admire the beautiful Romanesque church. You reach Portomarin via the bridge over the Rio Minho. With the impressive Romanesque Templar church. You will eventually arrive at your final destination over country roads and forest paths through the rolling countryside. Palas de Rei. A town along the Camino Santiago with many faces. A modern city planning with historical buildings, for example.
Today is the day on your camino de Santiago by Ebike. You will arrive in Santiago de Compostela. The end of your pilgrimage, your camino de Santiago by Ebike. But to get there we first have to bike a distance of 69 km. Now that the end of the Camino is almost there, the atmosphere is cheerful. Pilgrims feel relief and joy because they have almost reached their goal.
You pass the lovely village of Leboreiro. With its beautiful Romanesque church. And Melide. World famous in Galicia for its ‘pulpo’. Along the way you can enjoy the green landscapes full of grazing cows, stone walls and small Romanesque churches. Tall eucalyptus trees along the path provide shade. The Camino de Santiago crosses several small rivers and by a forest path you reach the medieval village of Ribadiso. Via a quiet country road you bike to Rua o Pino, traditionally the final resting place on the Camino Frances. You will pass the Lavacolla River, where pilgrims in the past used to wash before entering the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. The pilgrimage route now climbs steeply to the top of Monte de Gozo, from where you can see for the first time the famous towers of Santiago de Compostela. Santiago with its world-famous cathedral, stately palaces and medieval streets is a worthy ending to this fantastic biking holiday.
Once in Santiago de Compostela it is time for some traditional pilgrim rituals. Including the last stamp in your pilgrim’s passport and the collection of your Compostela. The indispensable proof of this great achievement! We recommend that you to visit the daily pilgrim mass in the cathedral. The cathedral is located in a historic city center that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can enjoy the pilgrim town for a while before your journey to go home starts. Do you want to extend your camino de Santiago with an Ebike with an extra day in Santiago de Compostela, just let us know.
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