Camino Francés (The French Way)

Camino Francés (The French Way)

Camino Francés (The French Way)

Camino Francés (The French Way)

From Saint Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela 31 Sections. 773 kilometres. 
From Somport (Aragón) to Santiago de Compostela. 33 Sections. 937 kilometres.

In Spain, the Camino Francés (The French Way) starts in Roncesvalles, you leave from Navarre, or in Somport if you depart from Aragón. This is the most well-known and tradition-steeped route to Santiago de Compostela to the point that it has become a cultural, artistic and sociological landmark attracting 7 out of 10 pilgrims coming to the Santiago de Compostela.   

This Camino has been active since the 9th century, the date when the tomb of the Apostle Saint James is said to have been discovered, and the current course was established by the end of the 11th century. The Camino Francés aroused interest in Medieval Europe to the extent that, already by 1135 the renowned Codex Calixtinus became a pioneering travel guide for pilgrims, offering information about all the routes, churches, and local inhabitants and detailed notes on this itinerary that starts in France.  

 
The border between Spain and France is the great meeting place for pilgrims from all across Europe. Three routes bring walkers to Roncesvalles: Paris-Tours, Vezelay-Limoges and Le Puy-Conques. The fourth one, Arles-Toulouse, crosses the border though Somport. From that moment onwards, the usual estimate is a month of travel on foot, with thirty different stops or “sections” to reach Santiago de Compostela.  
 
From Puente de la Reina (Navarre) where pilgrims coming from Saint Jean Pied de Port meet, after crossing Roncesvalles and going through Pamplona, those coming from Somport through the province of Saragossa and Huesca, the French Route passes through such significant sites as Estella, Logroño, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada or Villafranca del Bierzo.   

The county of El Bierzo opens the gateway to Galicia through the inspiring mountain hamlet of O Cebreiro. From this point, a week of walking though enchanted greenery will lead pilgrims to the Praza do Obradoiro and the attainment of the Compostela Certificate. 

All stages

How to get to the starting point?

Stage 1

How to get to the starting point?
Saint Jean Pied de Port
Orreaga/ Roncesvalles

Stage Kms
25’5 km
Accommodations on the stage
8
Stage Difficulty

Camino de Santiago associations

Aragón

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Jaca

Email
master@jacacobea.com

Direction
Calle Conde Aznar, 9 Jaca, 22700

Aragón

Jaca Jacobea Asociación Oscense de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago

Email
huescasantiago@hotmail.com

Direction
Calle Valentín Gardeta, 34 Huesca, 22007

Aragón

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Zaragoza

Email
peregrinosantiagozaragoza@yahoo.es

Direction
Calle San Vicente de Paul, 1 Zaragoza, 50001

Castilla y León

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Burgos

Email
asociacion@caminosantiagoburgos.com

Direction
Calle Fernán Gonzalez, 28 - Apdo. de Correos 331 Burgos, 09003

Castilla y León

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Mansilla de las Mulas

Email
jcachan@terra.es

Direction
Plaza de San Martin, 1 - Iglesia de San Martín Mansilla de las Mulas, 24210

Castilla y León

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Palencia

Email
fromista@caminodesantiago.org

Direction
Real Monasterio de San Zoilo Carrión de los Condes, 34120

Castilla y León

Asociación Amigos del Camino de Santiago de León "Pulchra Leonina"

Email
caminosantiagoleon@gmail.com

Direction
Avenida Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq. León, 24003

Castilla y León

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Astorga y Comarca

Email
asociacion@caminodesantiagoastorga.com

Direction
Plaza de San Francisco, 3 Astorga, 24700

Castilla y León

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago del Bierzo

Email
asociacion@amigoscaminobierzo.org

Direction
Avenida del Castillo, 106 Ponferrada, 24401

Francia

Amis du chemin de St Jacques des Pyrennes Atlantiques

Email
contact@aubergedupelerin.com

Direction
Rue de la Citadelle, 39 Saint Jean Pied du Port, 64220

Galicia

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Lugo

Email
lugocamino@gmail.com

Direction
Plaza Comandante Manso, 11 - Entresuelo Lugo, 27001

La Rioja

Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago

Email
caminosantiago@caminosantiago.org

Direction
Rúa Vieja, 3 Logroño, 26001

Navarra

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Navarra

Email
info@caminodesantiagoennavarra.es

Direction
Calle Florencio de Ansoleaga, 2 31001, Pamplona

Navarra

Asociación de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Estella

Email
amigos@caminodesantiagoestella.org

Direction
Calle La Rúa, 50 - Apto. de Correos, 20 Estella, 21004

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