More than a Camino
Let that into consideration or not, it seems that we must give credit to that point as Alfonso II El Casto, it has been the first pilgrim who came to Santiago to worship according to the legends circulating since 8 centuries that Santiago would have been evangelized by the Peninsula to finally rest in its current location.
If we place ourselves as historians say at 813, it means that we have 1,203 years receiving pilgrims from around the world. Perhaps at the time of reconquest he had a highly religious significance, today it is a much more spiritual path. And to make the Camino something spiritual is not essential to do so on foot. We do not know if Baron Karl Drais, who is credited with the invention of a device called bicycle in 1785, thought to come to Santiago on the Camino by bike, had been approved by Pius VI, Pope of his time, but the reality is that in the twentieth century mix Camino de Santiago and the bike has been a synergy that has gained currency until 2015, when they reached more than 20,000 bicigrinos to seal their Compostela after a minimum of 200 kms which requires the Church to certify it.
This word bicigrino, has become fashionable in recent years, but the truth is that you bicigrino a rider or cycler, the phenomenon of bicycle joined the Camino de Santiago is unstoppable for many reasons. One of them is the user login bicycle with towns through which passes. A pilgrim committed to the environment, which not only uses the bicycle for the road, use the bicycle daily and extends as an appendix to its binding to the world. Another reason is time, beyond the requirement of 200 kms for the road bike from Ponferrada in the French Way pilgrimage by bicycle or as they call foreigners: cycling the Camino, allows flexibility to walk prevented. Reaching an interesting town for its culture or archeology few kilometers from the main stretch, is something that pilgrims walk or raised, but pilgrims cycling.
And this phenomenon Road cycling has become a good tourist habit. Increasingly pilgrims cycling repeat year after year, making the French Way, the Northern Way and the Portuguese Way undoubtedly routes three most popular bike for its tradition, beauty and, why not say, for their good connections by plane, in the case of Oporto. In fact, since 2017 CyclingtheCamino.com we establish a price discounts bicycle rental will range from 20% to 100% for pilgrims to repeat the way in subsequent years until the Year Xacobeo 2021.
And it is not an isolated incident, we have bike pilgrims who rent again in 2016 after making the Way in 2015, that may mean that the Path hooks, and CyclingtheCamino.com service is what a pilgrim on bike rent expected of him: good mountain bikes 27-speed or 30-speed hybrid bikes and, with a fast, optimal, specialized and professional.