Camino French Way
The Camino French Way or The Camino Frances, starting from the Pyrenees across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. The French way is the most popular and well-travelled of the pilgrim roads to Santiago. Three of the main routes through France (from Paris, Vézelay and Le Puy-en-Velay) feed into it from the French side of the Pyrenees. The fourth, from Arles, join it 3 to 4 days later (walking) in Puente la Reina.
The Route, some 778km long, begins either in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (“St. John at the Foot of the Pass”) on the French side of the Pyrenees or 27km later in Roncesvalles (Roncevaux in French, the “Valley of Thorns”) in Spain. It passes through Pamplona, Puente la Reina, Estella, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Sarria before it reaches the “City of the Apostle” in Galicia. The route takes, on average, four to six weeks to complete.