Roncesvalles is a small village located in northern Spain. Over the centuries, this small village in the Pyrenees has been a place of many multicultural and religious encounters. Also, It has been the site of some relevant historical events.
One of the best known was the Battle of Roncesvalles, where the army of the Roman Emperor Charlemagne was ambushed and defeated by the Basque hordes. Battle that is recounted in the famous poem “La Chanson de Roland”.
The relationship of Roncesvalles with the Camino de Santiago dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time it became an important center of pilgrimage and rest for pilgrims traveling from France and other European countries. Through this small mountain village ran the Roman road connecting Bordeaux-Astorga, followed by pilgrims coming to Galicia to visit the remains of St. James the Apostle.
A part of this way belongs to what we know today as the route of the French Way. The Jacobean route with the longest Jacobean tradition and one of the most popular internationally.
One of the greatest attractions of this Camino is its natural beauty. The Camino from Roncesvalles crosses the impressive mountains of the Pyrenees and passes through all of northern Spain and the variety of its landscapes. The dreamy forests of Navarra, the vineyards and moors of La Rioja, the Castilian-Leonese plateau, the Mountains of León and the Galaico Massif, already in Galicia.
Doing the French Way from Roncesvalles will take you to discover some of the historic towns and villages of northern Spain. You will enjoy its cultural, artistic and architectural richness. And of course, enjoy the gastronomy and wine tourism of northern Spain.
These hotels offer private rooms with private bathrooms as well as other additional services that may vary depending on the type of category: restaurant service, television, room service, dry cleaning, ironing service, etc. It is common to stay in this type of hotels in the cities along the Camino.
These accommodations have the necessary services to cover the basic needs of cleanliness and rest at a more moderate price than the hotels . Officially, hostels and guesthouses are 1-star accommodations. However, this rating should not be taken into account when evaluating the level of comfort and quality of their services.
Typical in the large cities along the El Camino. They can be family hotels or international hotel chains. They are perhaps the most expensive alternative, although you can find different price levels according to the category and services they offer.
These are small accommodations characterized by having few rooms and providing personalized attention. They are hotel concepts with a modern style and their own character. They can be between 1* and 5*.
This is a public hotel chain that manages a network of almost 100 charming hotels distributed throughout the Iberian Peninsula. The establishments are located in buildings of cultural interest and great historical value, and stand out for their scenic, artistic or natural interest (including ancient palaces, monasteries, fortresses, convents, fortresses…).
Rural houses, pazos, inns, rectories, castles, monasteries, farmhouses… These are historic buildings of great architectural and patrimonial value. So much so, that this characteristic sometimes gives them the status of “luxury lodging” despite the fact that they are
“luxury accommodation” despite the fact that they are often rustic constructions in which natural stone and wood predominate.
To obtain the Compostela you only need to walk the last 100 kilometers of any official route. In the case of the French Way, this requirement is fulfilled starting from Sarria. If you decide to do it by bicycle, you will need to pedal for 200 kilometers, that is, from Ponferrada.
With our bike rental service you can choose between different types of bikes, according to your preferences: mountain bike, gravel bike, road bike, touring bike. And even electric bikes.
A flat tire won’t stop you from getting to Santiago de Compostela! The bike rental service also includes a bike repair kit, so you can patch the bike with your own hands. It is recommended to have some knowledge of bicycle mechanics. Although it is not essential. On the Camino you will always find someone willing to give you a hand!
Yes, you can do the Camino de Santiago with your own bicycle. If you need a bike transport service to get to the starting point of the Camino, we can help you!
Yes, you will be able to store your bike in a safe place in all accommodations. The reception staff will provide you with all the information you need.