Camino De Santiago Bike Tour FAQs
How much of the Camino will I ride?
The French route goes for almost 500 miles across northern Spain. We will ride the last 200 miles starting in Leon. The Portuguese coastal trip from Porto is 170 miles.
How many miles of unpaved trail will I ride?
For the French route that is flexible. Anywhere from 50% to 10%. Check out “About the biking” under the “Trips” menu. For the Portuguese coastal route there is no flexibility; it is about 80% pavement/cobblestone, 20% gravel/rocky path.
Can I ride on a paved road instead of the trail?
For the French route, yes, there is almost always a road option. At times, it makes more sense to ride on the road.
How much will transportation cost?
The train to Leon costs about $40 and can be booked on Renfe.com. A flight from Santiago to Madrid costs between $40-80 and can be booked using Vayama.com.
How much does food cost?
You can buy a decent 3 course meals for $10-15 dollars.
What if I can’t keep up with the group?
I will manage the group and make sure no one gets lost or left behind.
Can I ride ahead?
Yes, I will explain daily ride options. We typically will have a meeting point in the middle of the ride for those that want to ride ahead.
What does a typical day look like?
Wake up at 8:00. Eat breakfast at the hotel. Start riding by 9:00. Stop and take some pictures of a medieval town. Coffee break at 10:30. Stop and see a church. Eat lunch at 1:00. Arrive at destination around 3:30. Have a drink and appetizer. Go swimming or have a Spa if available. Get cleaned up. Free time to rest, explore or walk around the town from 6:00 to 9:00. Meet up and find some place to eat dinner. Go back to the hotel around 11pm.
Do I need to train before I go?
Yes, you need to get some longer rides in to make sure you are comfortable on the bike.
What do I pack?
I will provide you a packing list.
Am I too old?
It depends on your level of fitness. One client was a 79-year-old woman.
Do I need to know Spanish?
Some basic vocabulary would be helpful but it’s not necessary.
What is the one thing I shouldn’t miss?
The cathedral is Leon is stunning. It is the one thing you shouldn’t miss.