Camino Frances Route

camino frances route

Welcome to an English language website for the Camino Frances or French Route of the Camino Frances (Way of St. James). This is the main camino de santiago pilgrimage route in Spain going from St Jean Pied Du Port in the French side of the pyrennees to Santiago De Compostella in Galicia. The other is the Via De La Plata going from Seville in the south of Spain via Astorga in the north.

Some of the contents of this site come from my first camino website and it has now been updated and modernised for 2019.

I have walked most parts of this route more than once. I walked the section from St Jean to Burgos most recently in March 2004. My partner and I have walked the section from Burgos to Sarria in 2003 and I walked the whole camino frances in 2000.

The comments in the place descriptions below are my own personal and subjective impressions of the places I visited. They reflect my own likes and dislikes and they should be treated accordingly when read.

My Camino Frances Diary

The sleeping quarters downstairs in the refuge at "St Jean Pied De Port" from the window. Pamplona to St Jean Pied De Port- The sleeping quarters downstairs in the refuge at "St Jean Pied De Port" from the window. Route segment: 1 Tuesday 26th September 2000 This was in fact a taxi ride to "St Jean Pied De Port" from "Pamplona" where I arrived, by plane from "Madrid", the night before. I stayed… Read more...
st jean pied de port to roncesvalles St Jean Pied De Port to Roncesvalles- A valley just outside of "St Jean Pied De Port" Route segment: 2 Wednesday 27th September 2000 This proves to be a baptism of fire. I have heard that you follow the yellow arrows. There are very few arrows out of "St Jean Pied De Port" and at one particular… Read more...
The recalcitrant cows Roncesvalles to Zubiri- The recalcitrant cows Route segment: 3 Thursday 28th September 2000 This is my second day of walking. After the sleepless night I am tired but want to get a move on, as today is a 20 KM trek. The official guide lists "Larrasoaña" as the destination but it seems that… Read more...
The refuge at "Larrasoaña" Zubiri to Pamplona- The refuge at "Larrasoaña" Route segment: 4 Friday 29th September 2000 The horrible cement works just outside of "Zubiri" The bridge at "Larrasoaña" The first bridge over the river just outside of "Pamplona" at "Trinidad de Arre" The view of "Pamplona" from the park around the citadel Read more...
Can't go anwhere in the world without coming across an Irish Pub ! pamplona to puente la reina Pamplona to Puente La Reina- Can't go anwhere in the world without coming across an Irish Pub ! Route segment: 5 Saturday 30th September 2000 Of course there was a fiesta last night and the Pamplonians were celebrating all night so again it was a fairly sleepless night. Olivia and Daniel have not stayed at the… Read more...
The refuge at "Estella" looking away from the town center Puente Le Reina to Estella- The refuge at "Estella" looking away from the town center Route segment: 6 Sunday 1st October 2000 I have very little to say about the walk to Estella is it was uneventful. The scenery on the way to "Estella" The old roman bridge on the way to "Estella" More scenery… Read more...
The fountain of the moors estella to los arcos Estella to Los Arcos- The fountain of the moors Route segment: 7 Monday 2nd October 2000 There is a point on the path just outside Estella where it divides into two. The left most path apparently is the longer and easier path. The right most path goes through more hilly terrain but is quicker.… Read more...
Los Arcos to Logroño Dirt Road Los Arcos to Logroño- The long shadows on the path after "Los Arcos" Route segment: 8 Tuesday 3rd October 2000 Today I walk again with Caroline. She is faster today and is already ahead of me on the path. The path here is very straight and the sun is very low so our shadows… Read more...
The view looking south from one of the windows at the refuge in Navarrette Logroño to Navarette- The view looking south from one of the windows at the refuge in "Navarrette" Route segment: 9 Wednesday 4th October 2000 The meal I had last night did not agree with me, it might have been sunstroke as yesterday was too hot a day for me. I have lost the… Read more...
navarette to grañón Navarette to Grañón- The dining area at "Grañón" with Thierry stuffing his face as usual Route segment: 10 Thursday 5th October 2000 Having stayed the night at "Navarette" and lost touch with Carlos etc, I want to catch up and meet them again. They have probably stayed at "Nájera" and will be walking to… Read more...

Animated Route Map of Camino Frances