Camino Francés (The French Way)

Section 2 from Somport: Jaca-Arrés

25 km Difficulty
This section is shorter than the previous one and leaves Jaca following the bronze scallop-shell signs that go past the church of Santiago and down the descent of Baños towards Pamplona. After three kilometres you will find the chapel of La Victoria.

Close to the river Aragón, the Camino continues along a ravine until it crosses the river Gas. The goal is to get to Santa Cilia de Jaca, with the Gothic façade of the church of San Salvador, and its renowned bread pan de hogaza; a wonderful place to stop and recover some strength.


A new footbridge crosses the ravine of Atarés and here you start climbing up to the viewpoint of Berdún - there you will be close to completing half of the section. After the camping Pirineos, you reach Puente de la Reina Jaca after crossing a stone bridge over the river Aragón. The official Camino does not cross the village but continues towards Arrés, a place located 3 kilometres up to the end of the section.


After the effort of this climb, Arrés welcomes pilgrims at 700 m above sea level with beautiful views over cereal fields and the area around the river Aragón. You can also visit the fortified 15th-century tower and the 16th-century church of Santa Águeda.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 

“Do not mind.Carlos Aso Bailo, Correos de San Juan de la Peña. taking a detour from the Camino and walking to the imposing Monastery of San Juan de la Peña, a historic and artistic site in nature with wonderful views. You must not miss it! Back to Santa Cilia, while you visit Santa Cruz de la Serós, you might see some vultures and aircraft in the sky, the latter belong to the aerodrome of Santa Cilia, a place you may visit and where you can have something to eat”.
“In Arrés, you can visit its medieval tower, a reminder of the village’s past and how this surveillance tower was linked to that of Majones.  If you give notice in advance, you can enjoy the migas y cordero, a wonderful meal that will give you the energy to get to Martes, where you can visit the museum with antiques and traditional farming tools, managed by the locals”.Carlos Aso Bailo, Correos de San Juan de la Peña.
   

 

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.