Camino Francés (The French Way)
Camino Francés (The French Way)

Section 5 from somport: Sangüesa-Monreal

27 km Difficulty
With your back to Santa María la Real and crossing the river Aragón, the route leaves Sangüesa for 2 kilometres until the village of Rocaforte*, where you will have the chance of visiting the place or continuing to the Alto de Aibar. In Rocaforte, you will find the Fuente de San Francisco and the monastery of San Bartolomé.

You should have some provisions with you as there are no more villages in this part of the section. The path runs through cereal fields and takes you to the peak from where you can see Lumbier after 9 kilometres.

You start descending the ravine of Basovar and follow a detour to your left leading up to the mountain of Izco and down to the valley of Ibargoiti. After you walk past Izco, after some twenty kilometres, the Camino takes you to Abínzano and crosses the river Elortz, getting close to Salinas de Ibagoiti.

The final stretch runs through forests until you arrive in Monreal, a small village by the mountain of La Higa with a medieval bridge and the ruins of the medieval castle that used to be the hunting residence of the kings of Navarre, demolished in the 15th century.

* An alternative to Rocaforte is to walk through Foz de Lumbier, towards Liédana. It is longer but not as steep. The path follows the former railway tracks and is a nice alternative to the official Way.
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Tips from our postmen and women

 Joaquín Garde San Martín. Correos de Lumbier.

“The alternative path of Foz de Lumbier in the Camino in Aragón, even though longer than the official route, has the advantage of taking pilgrims through several villages and across the spectacular natural park of Foz de Lumbier. This is a 1300m-long canyon excavated by the river Irati, where you may spot many bird species and where you can walk along the tracks of the old Irati train, the first electrical train in the Iberian Peninsula, which used to link Sangüesa and Pamplona ". Joaquín Garde San Martín. Correos de Lumbier.

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Transfer Rucksack

 

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.

Send Bicycle

 

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.

Send luggage to Santiago

 

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 Payment Card

 

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.

 

Pilgrimage Stamps

 

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.

 

Send Parcels

 

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. 
 

 

Luggage Storage

 

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 Offices

 

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.