Camino Francés (The French Way)

Saint Jean Pied de Port -Orreaga/ Roncesvalles

25’5 km Difficulty
A steadily increasing number of pilgrims are choosing the town of Saint Jean Pied de Port to begin the French Route or Camino Francés. The first twenty kilometres are steep, with some sharp sections; therefore a slow pace is recommended.


The section begins with the medieval bridge over the Nive River, which crosses this ancient town, surrounded by its beautiful, historic wall. Following the sign for Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle,* a rural footpath takes the walker through the residential areas of Iruleya, Erruculus and Huntto to finally reach a wonderful viewpoint.

After Orisson, the mountain track takes us through the landscape of French Aquitaine until the Virgen de Biakorri. Another 15 kilometres down the road, the sign to Roncevaux/Orreaga takes us trekking through the slopes of peak Keizar Atheka and the hillock of Bentarte, with its Fuente de Roldán. Already entering Navarre, the road rises until reaching a height of 1430 metres at Col de Lepoeder. A double sign lets pilgrims choose: the shorter road to Roncesvalles, 3.6 km of steep hills, or 400 metres more through mount Donsimon, with excellent views from the peak of Ibañeta, which is also the site of the chapel of San Salvador. The forest then leads us to Roncesvalles.

* * Beware! Part of this route may be dangerous during the winter, so you must contact the emergency services before you start trekking. From November 1st to March 31st, trekkers must access Navarre by a different route: that of Arnéguy and Valcarlos, a detour signposted after crossing the wall of Saint Jean Pied de Port. The path runs along an elevation of 895 metres through the valley of Valcarlos and enters the first point in Navarre running parallel to the main road.
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Tips from our postmen and women

Carlos Barberena, Correos of Orreaga-Roncesvalles.
 
 
Having a look around the wonderful architectural complex of Arreaga-Roncesvalles is indeed a must after this first day. Set in the heart of the Pyrenees, there is no other house apart from the church. This place offers us the chance to experience first-hand the importance of this spot in the Camino Francés, the most important of all Routes to Santiago.” Carlos Barberena, Correos of Orreaga-Roncesvalles.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.