Walking the Camino Frances from St-Jean to Pamplona
From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona, the starting point of the French Way, the Camino Frances.
The Camino Frances, or the French Way, is the most traditional of all the pilgrims’ ways to Santiago de Compostela and is the best known internationally.
This specific route is the starting point of the Camino Frances. It begins in France at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its Running of the Bulls festival in San Fermin, described by Ernest Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises. At first, it follows the Route de Napoleon over the Roncesvalles Pass (1500m) in the Basque country, and then crosses into more gentle terrain in the great region of Navarra.
This walk can be physically demanding and requires a reasonable level of fitness as you will be crossing over the Pyrenees. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk and includes numerous cultural highlights, as well as a breath-taking scenery second to none. Pamplona is also the home of some of the best tapas and pintxos in Spain.
Additionally, as the beginning of the French Way is in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the atmosphere is very special, full of enthusiasm, spirituality and joy from pilgrims from all around the world!