Knulps Reisen

Special tours in Galicia and Northern Spain
 
Cycle trips/Cycling and Wine

When to go

You determine the date of this self-guided trip.

Recommended period: April to October

Participants

Minimum 1 person.

Travel: Exampel 8 days

The trip can also be extended, for example, on the Camino to Finisterre, or on a bike trip along the Galician coast. Please contact us.

Travel

Low season (16.09. -30.06.)
Price pp in double room                       495,- €

Season (01.07.-15.09.)
Price pp in double room                       565,- €

optional services
Single supplement                                270,- €
HP supplement                                      180,- €
Bicycle                                                      195,- €

The trip can also be extended, for example, on the Camino Fisterra, the Camino of Santiago to Finisterre, or along the Galician coast. Öffnet internen Link im aktuellen FensterPlease contact us

Services

• 7 nights in  select hotels with bathroom and breakfast
• comprehensive Knulps Reisen info package (including route descriptions, cycling maps, city maps, and hotel location plans)
• phone number where you can reach us every day around the clock
• On request: detailed GPS tracks

Not included services

• flight to/from Galicia
• 
lunch, dinner

Cycling level

The stages are intermediate and mostly follow country roads with little traffic. The total altitude gain per day is between 200 and 1000 meters.

Accomodations

On this trip, we particularly focus on top accommodations inbeautifully restored buildings. You stay at cozy country houses, select manor houses, and at four four-star hotels, including one four-star Parador hotel in Monforte de Lemos, which holds a former monastery and an former Earl's palace.

Cycling and wine

Self-guided bike tour on the wine route from Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela

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The Wine Route to Santiago offers breathtaking scenery, excellent accommodations, and exquisite wine. You cycle through four renowned wine regions, through impressive gorges, and past the famous red Médulas mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your stay at country estates and a historic Parador round off the wonders of nature with special service and delicacies on-site.


Itinerary

Day 1 Individual arrival to Ponferrada

Individual arrival to Ponferrada. The majestic castle of the Knight Templars dominates the old town of Ponferrada. In the Middle Ages, the castle offered protection to the pilgrims. Today, the city still is an important stop on the Saint James Way. From here, there are two routes to Santiago de Compostela: the Camino Francés, the main pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, and the Camino de Invierno, which branches off from the other. The so-called "Winter Way" is an ancient variant of the Camino de Santiago. When the pass of O Cebreiro was snowy and impassable for weeks, some pilgrims followed a route further south through the vineyards along the Sil river.

Day 2 Ponferrada – O Barco (distance: 60,5 km, total altitude gain: 800 Hm)

Starting from the municipal pilgrim hostel, you cycle through the vineyards of the Bierzo valley to Médulas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bizarre shaped rocks, bright red earth. Once Médulas was the most important Roman gold mine. By intensive mining, the Romans shaped a unique heritage landscape that keeps fascinating its visitors over and over again. You pass a spectacular viewpoint and reach the next wine region of Valdeorras. The valley gained international fame because of its rare grape Godello, which make for great sparkling white wines. You stay in a noble palace from the 16th century with sweeping views over the Sil Valley. The hotel's restaurant serves excellent dishes with regional wines under the arched terrace of the country house. Four-star hotel with spa.

Day 3 O Barco – Quiroga (distance: 42 km, total altitude gain: 750 Hm)

On a scenic road with spectacular views over the Sil Valley, you cycle directly through the terraced vineyards. On your way you have the opportunity to taste famous wines in one of the regional wine bars. You stay at a beautifully restored country house from 18th century amidst vineyards.

Day 4 Quiroga – Monforte de Lemos (distance: 33 km, total altitude gain: 600 Hm)

A short stage leads you through the beautiful Lor canyon to reach Monforte de Lemos. The town center contains several noble houses, two powerful monasteries, and a hilltop with a fort and a monastery, both now a four-star Parador hotel where you spend the night. Have lunch in the three-storey cloister, or enjoy the sweeping views from the mighty tower of 14th century. The small Jewish quarter at the bottom of the hill invites you to stroll through the picturesques alleys. 

Day 5 Monforte de Lemos – Chantada (distance: 47 km, total altitude gain: 800 Hm)

Today you reach the heart of the Ribeira Sacra wine region: terraced vineyards and ancient wineries on the steeply sloped banks of the Miño River. In the Miño Gorge, some indigenous varietals have survived the centuries, which make for unique red wines from the Mencía grape (DO Ribeira Sacra). You climb on an extremely scenic route to reach Chantada, a charming town with narrow alleys and old archways. You stay in a princely estate from the 16th century.

Day 6 Chantada – Lalín (distance: 58 km, total altitude gain: 1000 Hm)

In Lalin you meet the Silver Route, an alternative of the Camino de Santiago, where you meet pilgrims, who started the Camino about 1000km further south in Andalusia. You cycle past peaceful hamlets and idyllic farms to reach your accommodation, a beautiful country house from the 17th century. The hotel's spa provides pure relaxation after a long day's ride.

Day 7 Lalín – Santiago (distance: 54 km, total altitude gain: 800 Hm)

Today you cycle through the vineyards of Rías Baixas, home to the famous Albariño white wine. On the banks of the Ulla river, fine wines are being produced with lemon, pineapple, and peach aromas. You enter Santiago de Compostela on the Camino. The yellow arrows lead you directly to the Cathedral of Santiago in the old historic center. In the afternoon, you have enough time to look at the cathedral and the main attractions of the city. You stay in a charming hotel in the historic center of Santiago.

Day 8 Individual departure

Individual departure from Santiago. Or extend your stay e.g. by cycling to Cape Finisterre (2 additional days), or by taking a bike trip along the Galician coast (7 additional days).

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