The first thing to bear in mind about the Camino de Santiago is that given the distance, elevation and natural micro-climates, the variation of the weather is something you must prepare for, any time of the year.
From the brisk mornings in the Pyrenees to the hot plains in and out of Leon, to the chilly heights of O Cebreiro and the possible rain showers around Santiago de Compostela, you will be exposed to a range of temperatures and weather conditions. With that in mind and because you don't want to pack too heavy we suggest 3 main types of equipment:
Riding Gear - Cycling clothes and personal accessories.
Post-Ride Gear - Clothes and personal items for the end of the cycling day.
Tools and Equipment - Hardware (or software) to keep you safe, comfortable and connected.
You can find a complete and detailed packing list you can print and take with you right here.
Cycling the Camino is an incredible experience but not an easy one by any stretch of the imagination. Although you can adjust the length of your daily cycling routes, you need to fit and ready to cycle long days and steep climbs on a bicycle, carrying your clothes and belongings (unless you opt for a daily luggage transfer).
Part of the exhilaration of arriving in Santiago de Compostela is precisely the surmounting of the physical challenge to get there, but you should be prepared to cycle without discomfort or excessive fatigue. To avoid these pitfalls, I suggest the following simple but consistent training plan:
3 months before leaving
2 months before leaving
1 month before leaving
2 weeks before leaving
The two main airports are Pamplona and Bilbao
You can take a ferry to Santander or Bilbao
If you are already in Spain or Portugal, you can get cycling to Santiago de Compostela straight away.
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