Known for being the authentic Camino, the Camino Frances remains undoubtedly a route with high popularity. Your tour begins in the Pyrenees, in the beautiful and picturesque French town of Saint Jean Pied de Port, the last town in France before entering Spain through Roncesvalles.
In addition to Navarra, the itinerary crosses other communities such as La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and finally arrives in Galicia. Doing the Camino Frances allows you to visit great cities like Logroño, Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Ponferrada, among many others. You will also visit beautiful villages with great monuments throughout all its stages.
In total there are almost 800km that separate its beginning from the city of Santiago de Compostela, and it takes more than 30 days to complete it in its entirety.
It is worth mentioning the variety of landscapes, the impressive cultural heritage that he has left since the middle ages, or the possibility of coinciding with other pilgrims as it is the busiest Santiago Way, something that has also led him to also be the best gifted Way infrastructure and services as a whole.
The Camino de Santiago Frances was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, in addition to being also considered the first European cultural itinerary.
Arrival at the picturesque last village in French territory, Saint Jean Pied de Port, perfect to stay the first night and be filled with excitement through its beautiful and narrow streets before starting your Camino.
Start of your Camino de Santiago Frances with a stage of ascent through the Pyrenees along the popular Napoleon route, where you will find spectacular views that deserve the effort. There is also the Valcarlos variant, being able to complete the stage with less difficulty but without the same natural appeal. You will leave France to end up arriving in Roncesvalles, where you will spend the night. In Roncesvalles, we recommend that you visit the Collegiate Church of Santa María and the Chapel of Santiago.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 12 Km until the village of Valcarlos , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 13 Km until you reach Roncesvalles. It is a good alternative of little difficulty compared to the Napoleon route and suitable for winter or snow periods, although with a not so prominent landscape.
You will follow with less difficulty your Camino from Roncesvalles, walking between beautiful pine and beech forests, and arriving in Zubiri after leaving behind two mountain passes. Zubiri is a small town in Navarra with its historic medieval bridge over the Arga river.
You will start the day following your path parallel to the Arga River with a walk of little difficulty and very pleasant to look at. You will continue crossing old bridges over the river and passing through small towns until you reach the city of Pamplona, popular worldwide for the San Fermin Festival. Pamplona is a cozy city, with its medieval-era streets and its beautiful cathedral. Do not forget to taste its good gastronomy or taste a good wine from the community of Navarra.
Your journey today will begin in Pamplona following the way next to the Sedar River to later ascend to Alto del Perdon, where you will find the famous monument to the Pilgrims and magnificent views of Pamplona and the Pyrenees. Your path continues to the town of Puente de la Reina, with its spectacular medieval bridge over the Arga River.
You will wake up in Puente de la Reina to follow your French Way towards Estella between lands of grain and vineyards. You will cross several medieval bridges and pass through small villages until you reach Estella, where you will sleep tonight.
Upon leaving Estella you will pass by the Irache Wineries, where you can make a stop and taste a good wine. Your Camino de Santiago will continue to Los Arcos, with a second stage of great tranquility. The fields of olive trees, cereals, and vineyards, will accompany you throughout the day.
Today you will leave the community of Navarra to enter La Rioja, recognized worldwide for the quality of its wines. In your Canino you will find Clavijo Castle and you will continue between a pure rural environment until you reach the city of Logroño.
Logroño is the capital of La Rioja, the city through which one of the main rivers of the French Way passes, the Ebro. The Cathedral of Santa Maria and the old town are two of its main points of interest. We recommend that you also take advantage of the rich cuisine of La Rioja and its exquisite Tapas.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 16 Km to the village of Viana , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 10 Km until you reach Logroño.
Little by little you will leave the urban environment near Logroño to continue through the typical lands of Riojan vineyards. It is a stage of very little difficulty, in which you will pass through the old town of Navarrete, where you can visit the Baroque Church Our Lady of the Assumption. Today's stage ends in Najera, a municipality also in medieval style and with a historical link to the Camino de Santiago.
Today's journey will be much shorter than the previous one. It is a stage of little difficulty in which you will follow your Camino de Santiago Frances through cultivated fields and vineyards. You will find a small climb to the hill where the Azofra village is located, dedicated to the patron saint of La Rioja, the Virgen de la Valvanera . Then, you will follow your path to get to Santo Domingo de la Calzada, where you will spend tonight.
Before continuing with your Camino, we recommend that you visit the picturesque old town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, another town with a wide connection to the Camino de Santiago. Then, your walk continues in the direction of the community of Castilla y Leon, crossing agricultural lands and towns such as Grañon or Redecilla del Camino until you reach Belorado, already in the province of Burgos.
Your day will begin in Belorado, where you can visit the Church of Santa Maria and see the different images present in Santiago. The stage will run between forest areas until ascending to the Montes de Oca in the middle of an environment of maximum tranquility. You will enjoy great views until you reach San Juan de Ortega, a small town with a beautiful Monastery and the famous Mausoleum . Your path continues to the spectacular town of Atapuerca, where you will spend tonight.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 10 Km until the village of Villafranca Montes de Oca , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 15 km until you reach Atapuerca.
Today's stage begins in Atapuerca, known for its prehistoric sites and declared a cultural interest and World Heritage site by UNESCO. You will continue your way through the Sierra de Atapuerca, for a flat path for the most part and with little difficulty. Finally, you will reach the beautiful city of Burgos, finishing the stage in the beautiful Cathedral of Burgos.
It is advisable to take a walk through its beautiful old town and visit some of its monuments such as the Monasterio de las Huelgas, in addition to the impressive Burgos Cathedral. Burgos is a city of Gothic style that will not leave you indifferent.
You will leave the splendid city of Burgos on ground roads to enter typical cereal farmland in the region. Your first stage will be very easy, with flat land until you reach the town of Hornillos del Camino, where you will stay tonight.
After spending the night in Hornillos del Camino, your journey will continue along ground ways between huge and long cereal crops. You will pass through the town of Hontanas, and next to the Convent of San Anton, before finishing today's trek in Castrojeriz.
When leaving Castrojeriz you will find a short and slight climb to the Alto de Mostelares. From there, everything will be calm and endless views that will leave you with an indelible image of the Camino. You will cross the Pisuerga river, to enter the province of Palencia. Before finishing your stage, you will pass through Boadilla del Camino, where it is advisable to see the historic Church of the Assumption. You will follow your path along the old Canal de Castilla to reach Fromista.
We recommend that before leaving Fromista you pass through the Church of San Martin, from the 11th century. Today's stage will be simple, crossing the typical plains and cereals, and small towns along the Camino. The route of the official road that follows parallel to the road can be monotonous, but you can take the Villovieco variant in the town of Campos, and continue to Villalcazar de Sirga, to join the official route again until you reach Carrion de los Condes.
Carrion de los Condes is a beautiful town where we advise you to visit the Monastery of San Zoilo. Today a short route awaits you but with the typical straight path to infinity. A large part of your journey will be via Via Aquitaine, an ancient Roman road that linked Bordeaux with Astorga. Finally you will arrive at Calzadilla de la Cueza, where you will sleep tonight.
A day of tranquility awaits you on a route that will take you through valleys and forests with a landscape and route more varied than in previous stages leaving the province of Palencia to enter the province of Leon, ending the day in Sahagun. </ p>
After spending the night in Sahagun, and after crossing the Cea river you will arrive at Calzada del Coto, where you must take the path on the left to continue along Bercianos del Camino and arrive later at El Burgo Ranero.
You will wake up in El Burgo Ranero to continue your Camino de Santiago with a short and simple stage. You will pass through the beautiful village of Reliegos before the end of the day in Mansilla de las Mulas.
Your Camino continues with another stage of relative short distance and a more urban environment as you get closer to the city of Leon, another of the beautiful cities present on the Camino Frances, and where you will stay tonight. < / p>
In Leon it is advisable to visit the wonderful and well-preserved historic center with its beautiful Cathedral as the greatest exponent. You will also have the opportunity to see the Casa de Botines, a building by the popular architect Gaudi or the Convent of San Marcos, among many other monuments that make up a wonderful architectural heritage.
Today a stage awaits you with hardly any elevations, in which you will cross different fields. Tonight you will rest in the municipality of Mazarife.
After spending the night in Mazarife, your Camino de Santiago will continue towards Hospital de orbigo, a beautiful town characterized by its beautiful Orbigo Bridge, object of numerous photographs of the Camino de Santiago. Your path will continue through small hills until you reach the impressive city of Astorga. We recommend that you visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria and the beautiful Episcopal Palace, a neo-Gothic building by renowned architect Gaudi.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less travel , with a first stage of 13 Km until the village of Hospital de Orbigo , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 15 Km until you reach Astorga.
You will wake up in Astorga to undertake a somewhat more complicated stage, progressing from the typical plains of the plateau towards a more mountainous terrain ascending the Montes de León. Little by little you will be contemplating the change in the landscape until you reach Rabanal del Camino, where you will rest tonight.
After resting in Rabanal del Camino and having a good breakfast, your Camino will continue with a climb to Mount Irago, one of the highest points of the Camino Frances. It will be a special stage with a memorable visit to the Iron Cross (Cruz de Ferro), between the towns of Foncebadón and Manjarin, a unique place for all pilgrims and where we recommend that you make a stop. You will continue your way down to the town of Molinaseca, to arrive later in the city of Ponferrada, where your journey ends today.
Ponferrada is a magnificent city linked to the Camino de Santiago for centuries. We pray that you visit its old town, the Castle of the Templars and try some of the typical dishes of the region to fill you with energy.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 16 Km until the village of El Acebo , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of another 16 Km until you reach Ponferrada.
You will begin your stage in Ponferrada, walking between the typical mountains of the Bierzo in a stage of little difficulty until you reach Villafranca del Bierzo, where we recommend that you visit the Church of Santiago and the Convent of San Francisco.
Your Camino continues in one of the most popular stages of the Camino Frances due to the imposing climb along the valley of the Valcarce River until you reach O Cebreiro. The mythical municipality of O Cebreiro will welcome you to Galicia with spectacular views.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 18 Km until the village of Herrerias , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 9 Km until you reach O Cebreiro.
You will continue your Camino de Santiago from O Cebreiro, where many pilgrims also begin their journey through the symbolism of the place and the views. Your path will continue through the beautiful mountains of Rañadoiro and its valleys full of vegetation until you reach Alto do Poio, where you will find the popular pilgrim statue and magnificent views. You will start the descent until you reach Triacastela, where you will stay tonight.
After spending the night in Triacastela, your Camino presents you with a dilemma: follow the original route through San Xil, through beautiful corredoiras and a beautiful valley, or take the Camino through Samos, somewhat longer but with the attractiveness of crossing beautiful Oak and chestnut forests, having the opportunity to visit the popular Samos Monastery. You will finally reach Sarria, the end of this stage.
Sarria is a population with a large movement of pilgrims for being the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago. From Sarria you can complete the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago, in this case of the Camino Frances, which is the minimum distance required to obtain the Compostela certificate. We recommend that you visit the Church of San Salvador and take the opportunity to meet pilgrims of all ages and backgrounds.
Short stages option,Camino Frances: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less travel , with a first stage of 9 Km until the village of Samos , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of another 9 Km until you reach Sarria.
Today's stage will begin with small ascents that will take you along beautiful corredoiras or roads in a typical rural setting in Galicia. You will pass through picturesque villages and several Romanesque churches to continue descending until you reach the Miño River and the historic town of Portomarin, where you will stay tonight.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 12 Km until the village of Morgade , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of 10 Km until you reach Portomarin.
Your path continues along the Sierra de Ligonde, crossing the Miño river and beautiful villages with Romanesque churches such as Santa Maria de Castromaior or Eirexe. You will finish the stage in Palas de Rei, where you will rest tonight.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 13 Km to the village of Ventas de Naron , where you will spend the night, and a second 12 Km stage until you reach Palas de Rei.
You will continue through villages of the deepest Galicia passing from the province of Lugo to that of A Coruña. You will cross beautiful forests and crops, cross a couple of bridges, and reach Melide, known for serving one of the richest octopus dishes in the region. From Melide, the route becomes more demanding, with small but frequent climbs until reaching Arzua, the end of today's stage.
Short stages option, Easy Camino: If you choose this itinerary option you can divide this stage into two stages with less route , with a first stage of 14 Km until the village of Melide , where you will spend the night, and a second stage of another 14 km until you reach Arzua.
After spending the night in Arzua, your way continues through meadows and forests through small villages until you reach Pedrouzo, where you will sleep tonight. From this stage you will walk with the pilgrims who come from the Camino del Norte, with the opportunity to exchange experiences.
From Pedrouzo this great stage begins with destination to the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, where you will approach passing through Lavacolla and with a slight ascent to O Monte do Gozo, from where you can enjoy wonderful views of the city and contemplate the beautiful cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
It is time to explore the splendid city of Santiago de Compostela, its historic center, one of the best preserved in Europe, and the countless examples of history and culture that have led it to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site . We recommend including some extra night to have more time to discover the city with guided tours or to Finisterre .
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