Camino Francés (The French Way)

Pamplona/Iruña - Puente la Reina/Gares

24 km Difficulty
You can take a parting look at some of Pamplona’s most relevant sights such as the plaza Consistorial, the Vuelta del Castillo or the facilities of the University of Navarre, while you exit the city. Crossing the bridge of Acella over the river Sadar, you reach Cizur Menor, having covered 5 kilometres.

This residential area opens into cereal fields rising up towards the village of Zariquiegui, with its Romanesque church of San Andrés. Half of the day’s walk is already behind. Greenery surrounds us while we climb towards the peak of Sierra del Perdón, where many decide to take a break and say farewell to the basin of Pamplona, looking back through the sculptures crowning this panoramic height.

After that, you descend towards Uterga and Muruzábal, less than 5 kilometres away from our destination for the day. The Camino leads us to Obanos and onto Puente de la Reina, with its iron monument to pilgrims. This is a very relevant spot where the Routes coming from Roncesvalles and Somport meet.

Puente de la Reina is the end of the walk for the day and a village with a lot of history linked to the Camino. Here once can visit the Romanesque bridge, the church of Iglesia del Crucifijo and, of course, the church of Santiago (Saint James).
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Tips from our postmen and women

Juan Carlos Ruiz, Correos of Puente la Reina.
 

“From Muruzábal we recommend a detour of 2km to see the Romanesque church of Santa María de Eunate in order not to miss out on a beautiful and mysterious national monument with an octagonal ground floor and a history linked to the Templars. This is one of the jewels of Navarre architecture. Precisely at the Correos post office of Puente de la Reina we have a pilgrims’ stamp with the image of this particular monument”. Juan Carlos Ruiz, Correos of Puente la Reina.

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.