Camino Francés (The French Way)

Section 1 from Somport: Somport-Jaca

31 km Difficulty
The first section of the Aragón variant is long, though downhill, an important positive factor. However, one has to tread carefully when going down in order to avoid injuries at this early stage. Pilgrims on bicycles may face more difficulties as the terrain is rough and they will have to take the main road every now and then to make progress.

The beginning of this beautiful Camino variant starts at the Camino sign of Somport. From here you descend towards the river Aragón. Less than a kilometre away you will find the ruins of the old 11th-century pilgrims’ hospital of Santa Cristina.

The path runs through a beautiful mountainous landscape and across the main road to continue towards the Canal Roya and the ravine of Izas. Still descending, you will reach Canfranc Estación after 7 kilometres, this is a good place to get some provisions and access all services. Here you will also find the Estación Internacional, opened in 1928 and currently under renovation. If you continue your descent towards the dam, you will find the Torre de Fusileros, built in the 19th century at the entrance to the village of Canfranc, infamously known in Spain for the fire that devastated the village in the 1940s.


You have completed a third of the section here and must continue now through the pass that goes under the road 330 to reach the beautiful cave of Güixas, which you may visit upon request. There are two options for pilgrims to get to Castiello de Jaca from Vilanúa: the first one turns to the right and goes through the village with views over the valley and around the Parque Ocio Aventura; the second turns left and runs for 5 kilometres between fields and asphalt, to cross the bridge over the river Aragón.

Arriving at Castiello de Jaca is an opportunity to rest, with less than ten kilometres remaining to finish the section. Past the church of San Miguel, the path gets closer to the river and takes you to the chapel of San Cristóbal. You need to give it the last push when climbing up from Salud to Jaca. At 800 metres, Jaca offers the 11th-century Cathedral of San Pedro with its Museo Diocesano. You must not miss the chance to see the clock tower and enjoy the atmosphere of this Camino village.
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Tips from our postmen and women

Silvia Peruga, Correos de Canfranc.

“When going down the valley, do not miss the International Railway Station of Canfranc, which achieved the feat of communicating Spain with France through the Pyrenees, it was opened by king Alfonso XIII. It is an architectural wonder of great beauty in an amazing spot. In Canfranc Estación you can also get some provisions. Later, in Canfranc Pueblo, do not forget to buy some local cheese, as it will help you regain your strength for the Camino”. Silvia Peruga, Correos de Canfranc.

 

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.