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Cycling the Camino Routes: 5 Great Routes to choose

Did you know approximately 10% of all pilgrims reaching Santiago de Compostela are ‘bicigrinos’, bike-pilgrims? Nearly 25,000 bicigrinos choose to cycle the Camino routes to receive their Compostela certificate each year.

If you are cycling the Camino de Santiago, remember you must at least cover the last 200 kilometres into Santiago de Compostela, if you’d like to receive your certificate.


We have picked 5 great routes for those looking to experience the Camino on two wheels:

Cycling the Camino Routes 1: Camino Frances

The Camino Frances is the classic Camino route, the most popular among both walkers and cyclists. While it is not the oldest (the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo is the oldest known Camino route), the French Way is the best known, most famous and also the route with the most comprehensive network of services en-route.

The Camino Frances starts in St Jean Pied de Port, in France, but at we recommend cycling from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela (avoiding the Pyrenees), which covers 659kms and can be done in two weeks. However, cycling the Camino from Ponferrada, just over 200kms, will be enough to get you your Compostela certificate.

For most of the way, the Camino route is shared by walkers and bicigrinos; although at times you might have to dismount, if the trail gets too narrow and busy with walkers, for safety reasons. In stretches not suitable for cyclists (ie. steps, etc…) an alternative will be generally marked (see image).

If you are travelling with children, we suggest you cycle from Sarria to Santiago following our adult walking itinerary (cycling an average of 20 to 28kms per day). It won’t suffice to get you a Compostela certificate, but it will be a manageable 100kms over the space of a week and an unforgettable family cycling trip.

Cycling the Camino Routes 2: Portugal

The Camino Portugues Central is the second most popular Camino route among pilgrims. From colourful Porto, in Northern Portugal, you can make it to Santiago de Compostela in just one week; cycling the 240kms that separate these two magnificent UNESCO-listed cities.

This is a great route that will allow you to experience the culture of two countries, cycling across the North of Portugal and stopping at historic towns such as Barçelos, crossing the River Minho from Valença to Tui and then taking in the landscapes and towns of Southern Galicia.

You can cycle the 590kms of the whole Camino from Lisbon in just two weeks. The Camino Portugues sections from Lisbon to Porto are currently better suited for cyclists than walkers, as they follow mainly country roads.


Cycling the Camino Routes 3: Camino del Norte 

The Camino del Norte follows the coast of Northern Spain from the Basque Country into Cantabria, Asturias and finally Galicia; the regions of the Cantabric Sea also known as ‘Green Spain’.

Once you reach the lovely historic town of Ribadeo in Galicia, the Camino del Norte leaves the coast and heads inland; which means 680kms, the last 190kms approximately will be away from the sea.

Cycling the Camino del Norte from Bilbao to Santiago will take 18 days in total. A slightly shorter option will be from the Asturian coastal city of Gijón to Santiago de Compostela will take just ten days.


Cycling the Camino Routes 4: Easy cycling to Cape Fisterra and Muxia

Cycling the Camino to Fisterra and Muxia is a great short option, as the whole route to Cape Fisterra and Muxia will only take you three cycling days.

This Camino trail is the only one starting in Santiago de Compostela and takes bike pilgrims along the superb coast of the West of Galicia, in the Costa da Morte region with its fishing villages, pristine Atlantic beaches and stunning coastal scenery.

Only the first cycling day is purely inland.


Cycling the Camino Routes 5: Adventure on the Via de la Plata 

For those looking for an authentic adventure, the Via de la Plata is the perfect Camino route. This route starts in fascinating Sevilla, in the South of Spain, and covers 1068kms across the regions of Andalucia, Extremadura and Castilla before reaching Galicia.

The full route can be cycled in 21 days,  On your way, you will discover the delights of Sevilla, red earth tracks across ever-stretching open spaces, cities of impressive Roman heritage such as Mérida, and areas of lush natural beauty such as Sanabria and the remote mountain trails into Galicia.

Bear in mind, the Camino de Santiago routes are long-distance trails; we recommend you cycle the Camino only if you are familiar with basic bike maintenance (how to fix a puncture, change a tube, etc…) and are used to cycling.


Talk to our Camino travel specialists if you need advice ahead of your trip.

For more information about cycling the Camino de Santiago, the Camino routes or to book your trip, contact our travel specialists.





  1. By Sarah

    Hi Diana, thank you so much for getting in touch. That sounds like a lovely holiday you have planned. We would be delighted to help you arrange ebike rental, accommodation and luggage transfers. I’m going to pass your details on to our sales manager who will be in touch very shortly to get a few more details from you. In the meantime, take care, Sarah

  2. By Diana

    Hello. I would like to cycle the Camino from Portugal, with 1 or 2 family members. An e bike sounds like a great option for me. Are they available to rent? Also we would need luggage transfers and accommodations along the way. Thank you.

  3. By Sarah

    Hi John, thank you very much for getting in touch. As far as I know, the requirement with cycling and receiving the Compostela Certificate is that you cycle at least 200km into Santiago. It sounds like you would definitely be covering that distance. In relation to the overall route, I will ask our sales manager Ruben to contact you by email – he will also be able to give you some advice about the ebike and where you can charge it along the way. Ruben will be in touch soon. In the meantime, take care, Sarah

  4. By John Donoghue

    I have a metal plate in my spine so walking the Camino would be difficult. I would like to cycle with my electric pedal assist bicycle from Santander to Santiago and receive my Compostela certificate. Going back I would cycle from Santiago to St Jean de perd de port
    Would I be able to receive a certificate for cycling this route and how easy is it to charge up my bike batteries on these two routes. Any advice would be welcome. Mr John Donoghue

  5. By Sarah

    Hi Julie Ann, thanks for reaching it. That sounds like an amazing cycling trip! We will be in touch in the coming days to talk you through your options re cycling routes & pets etc. I am not 100% sure about the accommodation options with pets so I’ll get our Sales manager Ruben to contact you via email. Speak soon, Sarah

  6. By Julie Anne Lewis Mortensen

    Hi we would like a price for a route on the Camino 7-10 days. We have our own mountain El-bikes and also a trailer attached on one bike for our 2 small dogs .
    We would like a route and accommodation etc etc along the routes . Many thanks

  7. By Sarah

    Hi, John thanks for getting in touch! Yes, Maureen’s cycling package sounds ideal. Let me know if you want to discuss further with our Sales manager Ruben – Email [email protected]

  8. By JOhn Brady

    I wanna go with Maureen Dodd. Kidding but that service sounds about our speed.

  9. By Sarah

    Hi Maureen thanks for getting in touch! We can organize everything for you for this trip. I’ll get one of our sales team to get in touch in the coming days to talk you through your options, stay safe, Sarah

  10. By Maureen Dodd

    My husband and I would like to do 7-10 days of the Camino on bikes. Are there companies that organize this type of trip? We want to have our baggage taken ahead so we don’t have to cart it along with us on bikes. And, we need bikes and potentially a ride if something happens.
    Suggestions for finding this type of trip?
    Thank you,
    Maureen Dodd

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