The CSJ produces a very useful booklet in our Practical Pilgrim Notes series – The Cycling Pilgrim on the Camino Francés, 2013 edition – which is available here in our Shop. This contains information on bikes, kit, transport and touring routes away from walking pilgrims, also a Spanish glossary covering the words for all parts of a bike. We also stock Cycling the Camino de Santiago, The Way of St James - Camino Francés published in 2019, available here.
Pilgrimage by bicycle is a different experience to a walking camino. Cycling pilgrims, or bicigrinos as they are nicknamed in Spanish, travel further and faster than their walking counterparts. They often travel on roads and tracks away from the main pilgrimage route and are more able to make detours to interesting sites. The downsides to a cycling camino are that the speed of the journey gives less time for quiet and reflection, and less opportunities to meet fellow pilgrims. Some albergues give preference to walking pilgrims, particularly in the busy summer season. Transporting your bike and kit is more arduous and expensive than just taking a rucksack.
Helmets are compulsory in Spain in inter-urban areas and for under-18s in urban areas. Other laws regarding restrictions on bike trailers, children on roads and using right side of road are being considered.
For more information, you can visit:
The Man in Seat 61 for information about taking bikes on trains in UK and Europe
Bike Express for information about transporting your bike by coach from UK to Europe
Bicigrinos, a website especially for camino cyclists
The Camino de Santiago forum for various threads and conversations relating to many different topics, including cycling.
Confraternity of Saint James,
27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY, United Kingdom.
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7928 9988
Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered no. 4096721 — UK Registered Charity no. 1091140
Founded in 1983 to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela
Orders are sent out Monday-Thursday every week. Dismiss