El Camino de Santiago or The Way of Saint James - TRAIL

El Camino de Santiago or The Way of Saint James - Trail, Pamplona, Leon, Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Madrid, Europe

One of the three religious pilgrimages in the Christian world. The Camino de Santiago is the most developed culturaly. Pedaling over the French side of the Pyranees mountains, then across the entire north of Spain, one encounters a variety of climates, cultures, cities, architecture, landscapes, foods, wines and groovy trails. The only modes of transportation allowed on the trail, over 90% of which is off-road, are bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian (except, of course, for the paved portions). The Camino is not only for Christians, but anyone seeking spiritual enlightenment or just a real challenge. Guaranteed to bring a smile and a lifetime worth of memories and lessons along the way. Well worth the $500 - $600 plane ticket plus expenses. Save up a thousand dollars, hop on a big ol' jet airliner, and get your butt to (in my humble opinion) the greatest country in the world. Just make sure to be nice to everone on the trail, because I am sure that everyone will be nice to you. In other words, no gonzo speedfreaks need apply. Plenty of web sites available for more info. Just log on to your favorite search engine and type "Camino de Santiago." And don't hesitiate to email me for info.

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Francisco Polo   Cross Country Rider [Feb 05, 2009]

I rode the last 260 km starting in Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela.
In that 260 km you will find a lot of stages. Relaxed ramps trough wineyards, a nice +/- 9% climb to O'Cebreiro, then nice downhill in gravel roads. Then you have to go in "trochas" or just a path, very beautifull with slipery rock surfaces between a green forest and small rivers. The last days are on gravel and aspahalt roads. I have done it on April and I got lots of rain.

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I took the French rout one, there are two more.

Similar Products Used: None, but I have donde the Carretera Autral in Chile. It goes from Puerto Mont down to the Patagonia.
It is beatyfull, with glacier all arround and lakes and rivers of cristal and freezing water.
Take sunscreen and be patient with the people, they are not so familiar with tourists and can be unpolite some times.
Is a nice, beautyfull journey.
And learn yourself how to do mantenience to your bike, this is a very inhospitable region
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steve danyo   [Feb 14, 1999]

THE best ride or travel experience in my life, and I've ridden mtn bikes seriously all over the world, and have visited 30 countries. This is a must do, and if you're Catholic, you can sleep for free along the way in hospices or churches. Best month is July.

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Stay off-road like the hikers. Don't do the paved route, which many cyclists do.

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Javier Burgoa   [Dec 22, 1999]

Great singletrack, dont carry too much weight on your panniers and try to stick with the yellow arrows that show the way... enjoy yourself and take your time

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Rocesvalles to Santiago

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Jim Allen   [Sep 29, 2000]

My son age 38 and I (64) rode on paved roads from Pamplona to Santiago, 500 miles, Sep 2 through Sep 11. We biked, ate a lot, drank a lot of water and beer, some wine. The food was great, the people also. We stayed in hotels along the way, Najera Burgos, Fromista, Ponferrada, Portomarin, El Burgos Raneros, Astorga. We saw the historical Spain, the riches of the churches, castles. We also stepped back in history seeing the primitive villages, ruins of old villages, etc. We saw several festivals in cities and very small towns (O Cebreiro). It was a great trip for both of us. Can't wait to go back and do it again, maybe with a mtn bike and do the actual trail with the pilgrims. A little Spanish helped tremendously especially when ordering food.

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St John Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela

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