Cycling or walking the Camino? that is a question we get asked quite a lot! To give you an idea approximately 10% of all ‘Compostela’ certificates are issued to bike-pilgrims or ‘bicigrinos’; while most other pilgrims choose to make their way to Santiago the traditional way: on foot. A small percentage will choose other means, such as horse back.
If you are considering cycling the Camino de Santiago instead of walking, bear in mind we generally recommend cycling only if you cycle regularly and if you are familiar with basic bike maintenance.
While some people might think ‘doing the Camino’ by bike might make the journey easier, this will only be the case if you have some cycling experience. Most of our Camino de Santiago cycling itineraries cover double the amount of kms than our walking itineraries: typically a Camino cycling itinerary will include an average of 45-70kms per day; while the Camino walking itineraries would cover between 15-25kms.
However, you can also choose to travel the Camino walking itinerary by bike, covering the average walking distances. This is a great option for families with children, as the distances will be more manageable and enjoyable for both big and little pilgrims.
Another element to keep in mind is the social aspect of the Camino de Santiago, particularly the French Way or Camino Francés. Walking will be a more sociable experience, so if you are keen to meet new people and interact with pilgrims along the way, walking will be a better option for you.
You might also like to read: cycling the Camino – how it works.
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