Guest post by Maria Kruk, an author for Spain.net
Favorable climate of Spain allows not to give up on cycling even in winter; moreover, summer heat is more of an obstacle for those, who adores going on long-distanced cycling or trekking tours. And cycling is quite popular in and across Spain, including island archipelagos in Mediterranean Sea.
Cycling Services in Spain
Spaniards have thought over everything – cycling tourism is carried out only in the morning and evening time, and in the afternoon they take a siesta somewhere in a mountain village or at the seaside. Reasonably, most of bicycling tours embrace a number of resorts on the coast or big cities with comfortable accommodation to stay over. In addition, one should know that it is in national character of Spaniards not to strain oneself, which is why touring usually starts in the hills and ends up on some beach line; it goes without saying, bicycle tracks are blazed on the most comfortable for pedaling areas.
Bicycle touring is one of the fields Spanish travel agencies specialize on, which is why most of the conveniences are included in the price. For those, who prefer to book such tours rather than planning by oneself, the cost usually includes accommodation in double rooms in three or four star hotels with swimming pool, half board and baggage services if necessary. The average cost is 500 euros per week, and bicycle rent costs – 70 euros per tour.
Regardless of all the effortlessness Spaniards can offer to cycling enthusiasts, there is no way such tours lack an excitement and travel attractiveness. Probably, it is the best way to examine all the beauty sights, especially those off the beaten path, on the background of date and citrus groves and splendid parks. The most beautiful scenery “follows” cyclists on the Balearic islands, Mallorca specifically, which crossed over with bicycle trails’ network; they start on the beach resorts and head inland, passing over hidden by nature places of interest.
Camino de Santiago Cycling Tour
Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) attained popularity in recent decades, and not only among commonplace travelers, but cycling fans as well. This two weeks track across most of the country is in high demand, due to its historic significance, abundance of must-see sightings, and an opportunity to perceive all the exquisites of Spanish culture. The history recalls it is an ancient pilgrimage path, which ends in Santiago de Compostela, a small town near the Atlantic coast. The main landmark is St. James Cathedral, which stores the relics of the Apostle, patron saint of viatores and voyagers.
Camino de Santiago covers a number of towns on the route, the distance between which varies in about 40-60 km. These include Pamplona (the starting point), Puente de la Reina, Nájera, Belorado, León, Burgos, Portomarín and many others. Certainly, the final Santiago de Compostela hosts the biggest number of attractions. One of the intricate features of covering this pilgrimage is associated with receiving the so-called credencial, a confirmation document of covering the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, issued by St. James Cathedral. The seals on this document might be also put in all the hotels (shelters) during Camino de Santiago, as well as in churches and monasteries. Besides, each printed seal is true art masterwork, and their collecting on the route appears to be an exciting quest alongside cycling across marvelous lands of Spain.