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The Whole Camino Frances

The Camino Frances is a pilgrimage from St Jean Pied de Port in France over the Pyrenees and across the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James.

Passing through famous Spanish towns and cities such as Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Ponferrada, you have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the unique culture of this region. The walk will have you traversing varying landscape from the mountainous region of the Pyrenees, to the flat plateau of Northern Spain and the undulating hilly landscape of Galicia.

To complete the full French Way you do need to have a reasonable level of fitness and also over a month free to give you the time to walk and incorporate a few rest days along the way. We can assist with booking this trip for all budgets. So do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to find out more about completing the full Camino Frances and to get a personalised quote and itinerary.

Trip Stats

772km

distance to walk

35 +

days of walking

different sections

Day 1

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
(Arrival)

Day 1 – Arrival into Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Day 2 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles (8h,25km) 
Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri (7h, 22km)
Day 4 – Zubiri to Pamplona (6h, 21km)

The French Way starts in France at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. It follows the ‘Route Napoleon’ over the Roncesvalles Pass (1500m), and then crosses the Basque country onto more gentle terrain. This first section finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its Bull Run festival.

Day 2

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
to
Pamplona

Day 5 – Pamplona to Puente de la Reina (6h15, 24km)
Day 6 – Puente de la Reina to Estella (6h15, 22km)
Day 7 – Estella to Los Arcos (6h30, 21km)
Day 8 – Los Arcos to Logrono (8h, 29km)

Starting your walk in Pamplona this section finishes in Logrono at the heart of the Rioja wine region. Enjoy an attractive hike in hilly Navarra with its 12th-century castles, picturesque villages, and vineyards.

Day 3

Pamplona
to
Logrono

Day 9 – Logrono to Najera (8h, 29km)
Day 10 – Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada (6h, 21km)
Day 11 – Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado (7h15, 23km)
Day 12 – Belorado to St Juan de Ortega (7h15, 24km)
Day 13 – St Juan de Ortega to Burgos (5h15, 26km)

The third section of the Camino Frances starts from Logrono in the heart of the famous Rioja region and finishes in medieval Burgos. This section is slightly flatter than the previous; it crosses the hilly province of Burgos, passing typical villages, vineyards and ruined castles.

Day 4

Logrono
to
Burgos

Day 14 – Burgos To Hornillos del Camino (5h15,21km)
Day 15 – Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz (5h,19km)
Day 16 – Castrojeriz to Fromista (6h30,25km)
Day 17 – Fromista to Carrion de los Condes (5h,20km)
Day 18 – Carrion de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza (4h45,17km)
Day 19 – Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun (5h30,22km)

Starting from Burgos, the medieval city and hometown of “El Cid”, this section finishes in Sahagun, a town renowned for its unique Roman churches; this Camino is certainly one of the most rewarding in terms of culture and natural surroundings.

Day 5

Burgos
to
Sahagun

Day 20 – Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero (5h, 18km)
Day 21 – El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas (5h15, 19km)
Day 22 – Mansilla de las Mullas to Leon (5h, 19km)

The fifth section starts in Sahagun, a medieval town renowned for its architecture, and finishes in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, crosses the vast Castilian Plateau (900m) and passes through its wealthy villages.

Day 6

Sahagun
to
Leon

Day 23 – Leon To Villadangos del Paramo (5h45, 20km)
Day 24 – Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga (6h30, 28km)
Day 25 – Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (5h, 20km)
Day 26 – Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada (7h30, 33km)

Starting in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain this section finishes in Ponferrada, built by the Templars in the 12th century. The Camino here starts on the central high plateau, and traverses the untouched and peaceful Leon Mountains.

Day 7

Leon
to
Ponferrada

Day 27 – Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (6h, 23km)
Day 28 – Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro (8h30, 30km)
Day 29 – O Cebreiro to Triacastela (5h, 20km)
Day 30 – Triacastela to Sarria (5h, 19km)

The second last section starts in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishes in Sarria, a bustling market town. This Camino crosses the magnificent O’Cebreiro Mountains before winding down to a more gentle terrain.

Day 8

Ponferrada
to
Sarria

Day 31 – Sarria to Portomarin (5h15, 22km)
Day 32 – Portomarín to Palas do Rei (6h15 25km)
Day 33 – Palas do Rei to Arzua (7h 29km)
Day 34 – Arzua to Rua-O Pino (5h 18km)
Day 35 – Rua to Santiago de Compostela (5h 20km)
Day 36 – Santiago de Compostela, end of the Camino!

The final section of the Camino Frances begins in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. Traversing the hilly landscapes of Galicia you are rewarded with some of the most beautiful views of all the caminos before arriving at your final destination on the Camino, the Cathedral

Day 9

Sarria
to
Santiago de Compostela

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Day 10

Santiago de Compostela

Section 1

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
to
Pamplona

Day 1 – Arrival into Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Day 2 – Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Roncesvalles (8h,25km) 
Day 3 – Roncesvalles to Zubiri (7h, 22km)
Day 4 – Zubiri to Pamplona (6h, 21km)

The French Way starts in France at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. It follows the ‘Route Napoleon’ over the Roncesvalles Pass (1500m), and then crosses the Basque country onto more gentle terrain. This first section finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its Bull Run festival.

Section 2

Pamplona
to
Logrono

Day 5 – Pamplona to Puente de la Reina (6h15, 24km)
Day 6 – Puente de la Reina to Estella (6h15, 22km)
Day 7 – Estella to Los Arcos (6h30, 21km)
Day 8 – Los Arcos to Logrono (8h, 29km)

Starting your walk in Pamplona this section finishes in Logrono at the heart of the Rioja wine region. Enjoy an attractive hike in hilly Navarra with its 12th-century castles, picturesque villages, and vineyards.

Section 3

Logrono
to
Burgos

Day 9 – Logrono to Najera (8h, 29km)
Day 10 – Najera to Santo Domingo de la Calzada (6h, 21km)
Day 11 – Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado (7h15, 23km)
Day 12 – Belorado to St Juan de Ortega (7h15, 24km)
Day 13 – St Juan de Ortega to Burgos (5h15, 26km)

The third section of the Camino Frances starts from Logrono in the heart of the famous Rioja region and finishes in medieval Burgos. This section is slightly flatter than the previous; it crosses the hilly province of Burgos, passing typical villages, vineyards and ruined castles.

Section 4

Burgos
to
Sahagun

Day 14 – Burgos To Hornillos del Camino (5h15,21km)
Day 15 – Hornillos del Camino to Castrojeriz (5h,19km)
Day 16 – Castrojeriz to Fromista (6h30,25km)
Day 17 – Fromista to Carrion de los Condes (5h,20km)
Day 18 – Carrion de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza (4h45,17km)
Day 19 – Calzadilla de la Cueza to Sahagun (5h30,22km)

Starting from Burgos, the medieval city and hometown of “El Cid”, this section finishes in Sahagun, a town renowned for its unique Roman churches; this Camino is certainly one of the most rewarding in terms of culture and natural surroundings.

Section 5

Sahagun
to
Leon

Day 20 – Sahagun to El Burgo Ranero (5h, 18km)
Day 21 – El Burgo Ranero to Mansilla de las Mullas (5h15, 19km)
Day 22 – Mansilla de las Mullas to Leon (5h, 19km)

The fifth section starts in Sahagun, a medieval town renowned for its architecture, and finishes in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain. The Camino de Santiago, or Way of Saint James, crosses the vast Castilian Plateau (900m) and passes through its wealthy villages.

Section 6

Leon
to
Ponferrada

Day 23 – Leon To Villadangos del Paramo (5h45, 20km)
Day 24 – Villadangos del Paramo to Astorga (6h30, 28km)
Day 25 – Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (5h, 20km)
Day 26 – Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada (7h30, 33km)

Starting in Leon, one of the greatest cities in Spain this section finishes in Ponferrada, built by the Templars in the 12th century. The Camino here starts on the central high plateau, and traverses the untouched and peaceful Leon Mountains.

Section 7

Ponferrada
to
Sarria

Day 27 – Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (6h, 23km)
Day 28 – Villafranca del Bierzo to O Cebreiro (8h30, 30km)
Day 29 – O Cebreiro to Triacastela (5h, 20km)
Day 30 – Triacastela to Sarria (5h, 19km)

The second last section starts in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishes in Sarria, a bustling market town. This Camino crosses the magnificent O’Cebreiro Mountains before winding down to a more gentle terrain.

Section 8

Sarria
to
Santiago de Compostela

Day 31 – Sarria to Portomarin (5h15, 22km)
Day 32 – Portomarín to Palas do Rei (6h15 25km)
Day 33 – Palas do Rei to Arzua (7h 29km)
Day 34 – Arzua to Rua-O Pino (5h 18km)
Day 35 – Rua to Santiago de Compostela (5h 20km)
Day 36 – Santiago de Compostela, end of the Camino!

The final section of the Camino Frances begins in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. Traversing the hilly landscapes of Galicia you are rewarded with some of the most beautiful views of all the caminos before arriving at your final destination on the Camino, the Cathedral

How to get there

Fly In

It is best to fly to France (Biarritz or Paris). Biarritz Airport with airlines – Ryanair, EasyJet or British Airways.



Starting Point

Option 1
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Option 2
From Biarritz (2H)

Step 1 – Shuttle bus to Bayonne train station
Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz Airport is located just 3 Km from Biarritz. However, it is a much better option to go to Bayonne train station (not Biarritz). Take the STAB line 6 to Bayonne train station (direct). The journey takes approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.20. The bus stop is in front of the terminal.

Alternatively, there is a taxi rank in front of the terminal; cost is €25-€30.

Step 2 – Train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
There are direct trains from Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port at 18h13 (1h22 travel).

From Paris (6H30)
Take a train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Departs every day at 12.10, arrives at 18:30



Getting Home

Regular shuttle bus from Santiago city centre to Santiago Airport, takes 45mins.
Santiago de Compostela airport with Aerlingus, Ryanair and Iberia/BA.



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