The French Way to Santiago, el Camino de Santiago Francés, has been the most travelled of all the pilgrim’s routes to Santiago since medieval times. Three of the main Jacobean routes in France converge on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountains in the village of St. Jean Pied-de-Port, before crossing into Spain at the Roncesvalles Pass in Navarra. Once in Spanish territory, the pilgrim’s road crosses the north of the Iberian Peninsula to Galicia, in Spain’s mountainous and misty northwest. Along the way, it connects with numerous other Jacobean routes, picking up pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela from all over Spain.
For most people, walking the 780 kilometer route requires between 30 to33 days, comprising an average daily walking distance of between 22 to 28 kms per day. Here we present a standard itinerary; the distances and ends of each day’s stages being defined mainly by the availability of services in the different locales and provinces along the way, and the geography of the terrain.
This itinerary can be adapted to your particular needs. Depending upon the time you have available and your level of physical preparation, the distances covered each day can be shortened or lengthened as desired. Add extra nights for rest, skip some sections with point-to-point transfers, or begin your journey at any point along the way. Whatever your particular needs, we can help you plan your journey accordingly, so that you are free to start on the date you want and walk at your own pace, while we monitor your progress and ensure the availability of the services and support you require.