Itinerary French Way Routes Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela (by bike)
|Day 1. Arrival at Ponferrada
Once you arrive at Ponferrada, you will be able to enjoy the charming places this town offers, such as Los Templarios Castle, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de la Encina, the Main Square or the Clock Tower.
Accommodation in Ponferrada.
|Day 2. Ponferrada - Vega de Valcarce (40,5 Km)
Breakfast in Ponferrada.
You will start walking from Ponferrada, passing by the towns of Villafranca del Bierzo and Trabadelo. Villafranca is the historic capital of El Bierzo, and it preserves its majestic appearance. In this town you can visit the Church of San Francisco, which has a beautiful Mudejar coffered ceiling, the Main Square and the Church of Santiago. The stage finishes in Vega de Valcarce, which main feature is the Castle of Sarracín.
Accommodation in Vega de Valcarce.
|Day 3. Vega de Valcarce - Triacastela (32,3 Km)
Breakfast in Vega de Valcarce.
From Vega de Valcarce you will depart towards Triacastela, going through O Cebreiro. In this last village you will find the church of Santa María La Real del Cebreiro (pre-romanesque style), and also the Ethnographic Museum of O Cebreiro. In Triacastela you can visit a church from the 11th Century and other temples located in the village.
Accommodation in Triacastela.
|Day 4. Triacastela - Portomarín (40,6 Km)
Breakfast in Triacastela.
Departing from Triacastela, the new stage will take you to Portomarín. On the way, you will be able to see the town of Sarria, which is the starting point chosen by many pilgrims to begin the Way, and it has remarkable buildings such as the Church of Santa Mariña, the Church of El Salvador and the Convent of Magdalena”. In Portomarín, which is located next to the River Miño, you will find the Chapel of “La Virgen de las Nieves”, the church-fortress of San Nicolás, the church of San Pedro and the Pazos of Conde da Maza and dos Pimentales.
Accommodation in Portomarín.
|Day 5. Portomarín - Arzúa (53,3 Km)
Breakfast in Portomarín.
Today’s stage will lead you from Portomarín to Arzúa. On the Way, you will have the chanve to visit Palas de Rei, which has a “concello” with a strong artistic heritage, as the Church of San Tirso, the Castle of Pambre and the Pazo of Ulloa can demonstrate. In Arzúa, you have the ancient Convent of Magdalena and the Church of Santiago.
Accommodation in Arzúa.
|Day 6. Arzúa - Santiago de Compostela (38,7 Km)
Breakfast in Arzúa.
Ready for the last stage, you will leave Arzúa heading to Santiago de Compostela. On the way, O Pedrouzo, the most important town before arriving at Santiago, offer some places to visit. It belongs to the “concello” of O Pino, where you will find the Chapel of San Irene. Once in Santiago de Compostela, you will have the opportunity to see an endless amount of landmarks. The main one is the Cathedral and the Square of Obradoiro, but that does not mean those are the only remarkable places, as it is also recommendable to take a stroll around the historic district, to taste the gastronomy and to visit some other iconic buildings such as the Catholic Monarchs Inn, the Monastery of San Martín Pinario or the Pazo of Raxoi.
Accommodation in Santiago de Compostela.
|Day 7. Breakfast and end of services
Breakfast in Santiago de Compostela.