Cycling the Camino de Santiago has recently become a very popular experience for those who want to give this adventure a twist. On two wheels, stages are longer and you therefore need fewer days to complete the Way. Before you leave, here you have some answers to your most frequently asked questions:
While for the Camino on foot you need 100 kilometres to get the Compostela, by bike, you will have to finish at least 200 kilometres. During your trip, you will have to get daily stamps on your Credencial or Pilgrim Passport attesting that you have completed a particular stretch.
No. The Pilgrim Passport is the same for all pilgrims, whether they do the Camino on foot, by bike or on horse. Please remember that you can get it at the Pilgrims Office in Santiago, or through any St James Society and other points such as parishes, diocese, etc.
The only official aspect related to the different routes of the Camino de Santiago is the towns the route goes through. Sections are presented as suggested stages and some of them take detours through roads for bikes as the terrain can otherwise be too hard on the wheels. Therefore, you must get organised so that you can “customize” the stages depending on your fitness level, the days you have and the places where you would like to spend more time. Riding your bike also helps you get to towns or monuments that are a bit off track.
Even if cyclists tend to cover between 50 and 60 kilometres per day, you have to understand that some sections are harder than others and that the Camino is not a race, the most important thing is to enjoy the experience.
So you can begin the Camino anywhere you want and not have to worry about getting there with your bike, Correos sends it in special packaging from your city to your starting point of choice. The same thing goes for your arrival in Santiago de Compostela, Fisterra or wherever you have decided to finish the Camino. We will send your bike back properly packaged and insured. You can check details and prices here.
Apart from the must-list for any pilgrim, if you travel by bike you will need some specific equipment:
You should be cycling as light as possible in order to avoid falling off and also to make climbing and descending easier. Please remember that if you do not want to carry your bags you can send your suitcase or rucksack from hostel to hostel with us. If you carry them, balance the weight. A useful tip is to take a bag on the handlebar with your Pilgrims Passport and other documents.
When you get to Santiago, if you want to enjoy the city without your bike you have two options, you can send it back that day itself or you can leave it in our luggage storage. Both things are possible at our Correos office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres away from the Cathedral.
Most cities and towns will have repair shops where you can service your bike. However, take into account that there are some small villages where there are hardly any shops. You should have some basic tools with you.
There are many hostels with specific storerooms for bikes. Ask before booking to make sure. When you stop to rest or eat, watch out for thieves (this is very unsual) and try not to leave your bike unattended by eating on the terrace or close to the window.
The public hostel network usually gives priority to pilgrims walking the Camino until 8 in the evening, after that, all pilgrims have the same priority. The private hostel network along the Camino, as well as boarding houses or hotels, do not make any distinction when booking.
We transfer your rucksack
So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago
We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.
Bicycle transportation services
We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point
Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.
For everything you want in or out of your rucksack
With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.
So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino
Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.
Stamping Your Credential
So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport
Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.
Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago
Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!
You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you.
Lockers in Santiago
So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city
Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.
To help you with anything you may need
We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.