Eurovelo3 (Pilgrims Route)
The Eurovelo Route 3, also called the “Pilgrims Route”, offers us the opportunity to enjoy around 3,600 km by bicycle.
This long-distance cycle touring route is located within the EuroVelo network of routes, which connect and link the entire European continent from Norway through World Heritage cities. It must also be kept in mind that the routes can be used by both cyclists and local inhabitants who make their daily trips.
Within the EV3-PR (route 3), it is in the last stage, in Section 19 between Melide and Santiago de Compostela, in which 66 wonderful kilometers await us in which, starting from Melide (Ulloa region), we will have opportunity to see one of the jewels of the civil architecture of the French Way: the medieval bridge of Furelos.
Later, we will reach the town of Arzúa, one of the best-known cheese capitals of Galicia. Through the well-known “Route of the Dutchman”, accessing the AC-240 regional road, we will pass through Touro and Boqueixón to finally welcome the capital of Compostela from the ‘Cidade da Cultura’. It is here, in Santiago de Compostela, where the towers of the Cathedral themselves will act as a natural guide so that we can reach the well-known Plaza del Obradoiro.
Thus, this route passes through the Spanish regions of Navarra, Castilla y León and Galicia. It mainly follows the steps of the classic route of the French Camino de Santiago as it passes through Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León and Galicia.
It is a varied route that begins in the lush Navarrese Pyrenees to descend to the Ebro River and enter the extensive agricultural plains of the so-called “Tierra de Campos” in Castilian-Leonese, and then climb the mountains of Bierzo in León and end up accessing the Galician forests that will guide us to Santiago de Compostela.