The French Way – El Camino Francés

Camino Arrow 775km – 31 stages

The French way linking St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela is the most popular of all the camino’s. Since the discovery of the tomb of St. James in Compostela in the 9th century, the Camino de Santiago became the most important pilgrimage route of medieval Europe. Thousands of pilgrims made their way to Compostela from all European countries and this was the starting point of a whole new development that left its mark all along the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims nowadays walk for all kinds of different reasons. Whether it is the sports challenge, religious believes, spiritual searching for answers within oneself or simply enjoying relaxation in pure nature and the social aspect, thousands of pilgrims (and the number is growing each year!) find their way to Santiago de Compostela. If you have never walked the Camino before, the French Way is the way to start.

In the tab ‘Stages’ you will find the stages as shared on the Eroski site. We found them to be very accurate on the lengths. They also have very complete and nicely written narratives on each part, however, the narratives are in Spanish. If you want to read (also very nice) descriptions of each part in English you can use the interactive map above from elcaminosantiago.com. Just click on the symbol in the upper right corner: open map symbol. It will open up the interactive map in Google Maps and you’ll be able to zoom in and click on any way mark. This will open up a small window where you can read the narratives created by elcaminosantiago.com. Great resource!

If daily stages of more than 15/20 km are simply not your cup of tea, just look at the itinerary in each stage and choose your daily endpoints. You can use the name of those locations to search for a place to stay (see tab ‘Where to stay’). In addition, please remember: most people do not walk the French Way in one ‘holiday’. They simply take one or a couple of stages each time they have some time off. Take it easy – not everyone needs to walk 800 km to discover their true self…

In the tab ‘Where to start’ you will find information on the most common (and less common) places to start, including some information on how to get there.

Stage 1 Saint Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles

25,7 km – 9 albergues

Km 0: Saint Jean Pied de Port (All services)

Km 5: Huntto (Albergue)

Km 7,5: Orisson (Albergue, Bar/Restaurant). A good place to cut this heavy stage in 2!

Km 20,5: Reach of altitude 1430m

Km 25,7: Roncesvalles (Albergue, Bar/Restaurant/Tourist Office) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 1

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Stage 2 Roncesvalles – Zubiri

21,5 km – 7 albergues

Km 0: Roncesvalles (Albergue, Bar/Restaurant, Tourist Office)

Km 2,8: Auritz/Burguete (Hostels, Rural houses, Bars, Shop, Health center, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 6,5: Aurizberri/Espinal (Albergues, Hostel, Rural houses, Bar, Shop) Book your accommodation here.

Km 11,4: Bizkarreta/Gerendiain (Rural house, Bar, Shop)

Km 13,3: Lintzoain Book your accommodation here.

Km 17,8: Alto de Erro (Bar)

Km 21,5: Zubiri (All services) Book your accommodation here.

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Stage 3 Zubiri – Pamplona/Iruña

20,4 km – 17 albergues

Km 0: Zubiri (All services)

Km 2,9: Ilarratz

Km 3,7: Eskirotz

Km 5,5: Larrasoaña (Albergue, Pensions, Bar, Shop/Supermarket)

Km 6,1: Akerreta (Rural hotel)

Km 9,2: Zuriain (Albergue, Bar)

Km 11,2: Irotz (Bar)

Km 15,8: Villava (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 17,2: Burlada (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 20,4: Pamplona (All services) Book your accommodation here.

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Stage 4 Pamplona/Iruña – Puente la Reina/Gares

24 km – 14 albergues

Km 0: Pamplona (All services)

Km 5: Cizur Menor (Albergues, Bars, Shop)

Km 11: Zariquiegui (Albergues, Shop)

Km 13,4: Alto del Perdón (Mobile Bar from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. From April 1st to October 31st)

Km 16,8: Uterga (Albergue, Hostel, Bar) Book your accommodation here.

Km 19,5: Muruzábal (Albergues) Book your accommodation here.

Km 21,3: Obanos (Albergue, Bars, Shop, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 24: Puente la Reina (All services) Book your accommodation here.

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Stage 5 Puente la Reina/Gares – Estella/Lizarra

22 km – 9 albergues

Km 0: Puente la Reina (All services)

Km 5,2: Mañeru (Albergue, Rural house, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 7,8: Cirauqui (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy, ATM) Book your accommodation here.

Km 13,3: Lorca (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 17,8: Villatuerta (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, ATM) Book your accommodation here.

Km 22: Estella (All services) Book your accommodation here.

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Stage 6 Estella/Lizarra – Torres del Río

29 km – 8 albergues

Km 0: Estella (All services)

Km 2: Ayegui (Albergue, Bars, Shop, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 7,4: Ázqueta (Bar, Inn)

Km 9,2: Villamayor de Monjardín (Albergues, Shop, Bar)

Km 21,2: Los Arcos (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 28: Sansol (Albergue, Rural house, Bar, Pharmacy)

Km 29: Torres del Río (Albergues, Bar, Shop, ATM) Book your accommodation here.

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Stage 7 Torres del Río – Logroño

20 km – 10 albergues

Km 0: Torres del Río (Albergues, Bar, Shop, ATM)

Km 2,7: Virgen del Poyo (Bar)

Km 10,5: Viana (All services)

Km 20: Logroño (All services) Book your accommodation here.

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Stage 8 Logroño – Nájera

29,6 km – 14 albergues

Km 0: Logroño (All services)

Km 12,7: Navarrete (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 16,1: Desvío a Sotés (Albergue, Bar, Pharmacy)

Km 19,4: Ventosa (Albergue, Bars)

Km 29,6: Nájera (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 8

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Stage 9 Nájera – Santo Domingo de la Calzada

21 km – 5 albergues

Km 0: Nájera (All services)

Km 5,7: Azofra (Albergue, Shop, Bars, Pharmacy)

Km 15: Cirueña (Albergues, Bar) Book your accommodation here.

Km 21: Santo Domingo de la Calzada (All services) Book your accommodation here.

 

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Stage 10 Sto Domingo de la Calzada – Belorado

22,7 km – 11 albergues

Km 0: Santo Domingo de la Calzada (All services)

Km 6,8: Grañón (Albergue, Bars, Shop, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 10,7: Redecilla del Camino (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 12,4: Castildelgado (Hostel, Bar, Shop)

Km 14,3: Viloria de Rioja (Albergues) Book your accommodation here.

Km 17,8: Villamayor del Río (Albergue, Bar)

Km 22,7: Belorado (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 10

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Stage 11 Belorado – Agés

27,4 km – 10 albergues

Km 0: Belorado (All services)

Km 4,7: Tosantos (Albergue, Bar)

Km 6,6: Villambistia (Albergue, Bar)

Km 8,2: Espinosa del Camino (Albergue, Bar)

Km 11,7: Villafranca Montes de Oca (Albergues, Hotel, Bar, Shop)

Km 23,7: San Juan de Ortega (Albergue, Rural Tourist Center, Bar)

Km 27,4: Agés (Albergues, Shop, Bar)

French Way Stage 11

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Stage 12 Agés – Burgos

23 km – 9 albergues

Km 0: Agés (Albergues, Shop, Bar)

Km 2,6: Atapuerca (Albergues, Bars, Shops) Book your accommodation here.

Km 7: Villalval

Km 8,6: Cardeñuela Ríopico (Albergues, Bars)

Km 10,6: Orbaneja Riopico (Bar)

Km 15,3: Castañares (Bar, Shop, Tourist info in Bar/Restaurant Peregrina-T)

Km 23: Burgos (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 12

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Stage 13 Burgos – Hontanas

31.1 km – 11 albergues

Km 0: Burgos (All services)

Km 10,8: Tardajos (Albergue, Pension, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 12,6: Rabé de las Calzadas (Albergues, Bar)

Km 20,6: Hornillos del Camino (Albergues, Bar, Shop) Book your accommodation here.

Km 26,2: Arroyo San Bol (Albergue)

Km 31,1: Hontanas (Albergues, Hostel, Rural houses, Bar, Shop) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 13

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Stage 14 Hontanas – Boadilla del Camino

28,5 km – 15 albergues

Km 0: Hontanas (Albergues, Hostel, Rural houses, Bar, Shop)

Km 9,2: Castrojeriz (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 18,5: Puente Fitero (Albergue)

Km 20,3: Itero de la Vega (Albergues, Hostel, Bar, Shop)

Km 28,5: Boadilla del Camino (Albergues, Bar) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 14

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Stage 15 Boadilla del Camino – Carrión de los Condes

24,6 km – 12 albergues

Km 0: Boadilla del Camino (Albergues, Bar)

Km 5,7: Frómista (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 9,2: Población de Campos (Albergue, Tourist Center, Bar, Shop) Book your accommodation here.

Km 12,6: Revenga de Campos (Bar)

Km 14,7: Villarmentero de Campos (Albergue, Rural Tourist Center, Bar) Book your accommodation here.

Km 18,8: Villalcázar de Sirga (Albergue, Hostel, Bar, Shop) Book your accommodation here.

Km 24,6: Carrión de los Condes (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 15

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Stage 16 Carrión de los Condes – Terradillos de los Templarios

26,6 km – 6 albergues

Km 0: Carrión de los Condes (All services)

Km 17: Calzadilla de la Cueza (Albergue, Hostel, Bar, Shop)

Km 23,4: Ledigos (Albergue, Bar) Book your accommodation here.

Km 26,6: Terradillos de los Templarios (Albergue, Bar, small shop in one of the albergues)

French Way Stage 16

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Stage 17 Terradillos de los Templarios – El Burgo Ranero

30,6 km – 13 albergues

Km 0: Terradillos de los Templarios (Albergue, Bar, small shop in one of the albergues)

Km 3,3: Moratinos (Albergue, Hostel, Bar in the albergue)

Km 5,8: San Nicolás del Real Camino (Albergue, Bar in the albergue)

Km 13: Sahagún (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 23: Bercianos del Real Camino (Albergues, Bar, Shop)

Km 30,6: El Burgo Ranero (Albergues, Bars, Shop, Pharmacy) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 17

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Stage 18 El Burgo Ranero – León

37,1 km – 18 albergues

Km 0: El Burgo Ranero (Albergues, Bars, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 13: Reliegos (Albergues, Bars)

Km 19: Mansilla de las Mulas (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 23,5: Villamoros de Mansilla (Shop)

Km 25,3: Puente Villarente (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 29,5: Arcahueja (Albergue, Bar)

Km 37,1: León (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 18

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Stage 19 León – San Martín del Camino

25,9 km – 9 albergues

Km 0: León (All services)

Km 3,9: Trobajo del Camino (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 7,6: Virgen del Camino (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 12,2: Valverde de la Virgen (Bars, Pet-friendly accommodation here).

Km 13,6: San Miguel del Camino (Bars)

Km 21,3: Villadangos del Páramo (Albergue, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy, ATM)

Km 25,9: San Martín del Camino (Albergues, Bars, Shop) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 19

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Stage 20 San Martín del Camino – Astorga

24,2 km – 10 albergues

Km 0: San Martín del Camino (Albergues, Bars, Shop)

Km 6,9: Puente de Órbigo (Bar)

Km 7,7: Hospital de Órbigo (All services)

Km 10: Villares de Órbigo (Albergue, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 12,6: Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias (Albergues, Bar-Café)

Km 20,3: San Justo de la Vega (Albergue, Bars, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 24,2: Astorga (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 20

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Stage 21 Astorga – Foncebadón

25,9 km – 17 albergues

Km 0: Astorga (All services. Advice: don’t leave without some cash; the next ATM can be found in Ponferrada)

Km 2,6: Desvío a Valdeviejas (Albergue, Bar)

Km 4,7: Murias de Rechivaldo (Albergues, Bars)

Km 9,3: Santa Catalina de Somoza (Albergues, Bars)

Km 13,4: El Ganso (Albergue/Apartments Gabino, Bars, Shop)

Km 20,3: Rabanal del Camino (Albergues, Bars, Shop)

Km 25,9: Foncebadón (Albergues, Pension, Bars, Shop, Medieval Restaurant serves dinner until 19.00). Enjoy the views, you’ll be sleeping at the highest point of the Camino Francés!

Book your accommodation here at the splendid ‘El Trasgu de Foncebadón’. Highly recommended by Camino Comfort!

French Way Stage 21

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Stage 22 Foncebadón – Ponferrada

27,3 km – 10 albergues

Km 0:  Foncebadón (Albergues, Bars, Shop)

Km 4,5: Manjarín (Albergue, In high season a mobile bar between Manjarín and El Acebo)

Km 11,6: El Acebo (Albergues, Hotel, Bar, Shop)

Km 15: Riego de Ambrós (Albergue, Bar)

Km 19,7: Molinaseca (Albergues, Hostels, Bars, Shops, Pharmacy) Book here your accommodation in this lovely pilgrim town.

Km 24: Campo (Bar)

Km 27,3: Ponferrada (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 22

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Stage 23 Ponferrada – Villafranca del Bierzo

24,1 km – 12 albergues

Km 0: Ponferrada (All services)

Km 3,7: Compostilla

Km 5,5: Columbrianos (Bar, Shops, Pharmacy)

Km 8: Fuentes Nuevas (All services)

Km 10,5: Camponaraya (All services)

Km 16,6: Cacabelos (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 18,5: Pieros (Albergue, Bar)

Km 24,1: Villafranca del Bierzo (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 23

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Stage 24 Villafranca del Bierzo – O Cebreiro

28,4 km – 16 albergues

Km 0:  Villafranca del Bierzo (All services)

Km 5,2: Pereje (Albergue, Bar)

Km 9,7: Trabadelo (Albergues, Bar, Shop, Pharmacy)

Km 13,7: La Portela del Valcarce (Albergue, Bars, Basic Shop, ATM)

Km 14,9: Ambasmestas (Albergue, Bars)

Km 16,5: Vega de Valcarce (All services) Book your accommodation here.

Km 18,6: Ruitelán (Albergue, Hostel, Bars)

Km 20,1: Las Herrerías (Albergue, Bars)

Km 23,5: La Faba (Albergues, Bar, Shop)

Km 25,9: Laguna de Castilla (Albergue, Bar)

Km 28,4: O Cebreiro (Albergue, Rural houses and Pensions, Bars, Shop) Book your accommodation in Piedrafita do Cebreiro.

French Way Stage 24

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Stage 25 O Cebreiro – Triacastela

21,1 km – 9 albergues

Km 0: O Cebreiro (Albergue, Rural houses and pensions, Bars, Shop)

Km 3,2: Liñares (Bar)

Km 5,7: Hospital da Condesa (Albergue, Bar)

Km 8,1: Padornelo

Km 8,5: Alto do Poio (Albergue, Bars)

Km 11,9: Fonfría (Albergue, Bar)

Km 14,3: O Biduedo (Bar)

Km 17,3: Fillobal (Albergue, Bar/Shop)

Km 21,1: Triacastela (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 25

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Stage 26 Triacastela – Sarria

18,3 km – 27 albergues

From Triascastela there are 2 itineraries to get to Sarria: the Southern alternative is a bit longer but it passes by the Monastery of Samos and follows the banks of the river Oribio; the other itinerary is more to the North and passes through San Xil and also crosses some very nice landscapes full of oaks and chestnuts.

Km 0. Triacastela (Todos los Servicios)

If you stayed the night in the public albergue you’ll have to cross Triacastela through its central road until you leave town. That road splits in two ways and this is the point where you’ll have to chose which itinerary to follow.

To the left, via the LU-633, goes the way to Samos and its Benedictine Monastery and from there it continues to Sarria. Book your accommodation in Samos here.

To your right you’ll have the choice to continue to San Xil: 6,5 km shorter, but with a climb of 238 meters in the first 5,5 km.

For those going to Samos: follow the arrows, we’ll meet up in Sarria! We’ll turn right and cross the LU-633 main road.

Km 2,2: A Balsa (Albergue)

Km 7,8: Montán

Km 8,5: Fontearcuda

Km 10,4: Furela (Bar)

Km 11,7: Pintín (Bar)

Km 13,1: Calvor (Albergue)

Km 13,6: Aguiada (Bar)

Km 18,3: Sarria (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 25 variants

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Stage 27 Sarria – Portomarín

22,4 km – 25 albergues

This is the most popular starting point of all, since it covers the final 100K to Santiago on the Camino Francés: the minimum you need to walk to obtain your pilgrim’s certificate: La Compostela.

Km 0: Sarria (All services)

Km 2,9: As Paredes

Km 3,7: Vilei (Albergue, Bar)

Km 4,5: Barbadelo (Albergues, Bar)

Km 6: Mercado da Serra (Bar/Shop)

Km 8,2: Leiman (Bar)

Km 12: Morgade (Albergue, Bar)

Km 13,1: Ferreiros (Albergues, Bar)

Arriving at Ferreiros which you will recognize when you see a small shelter (see picture) you will have an albergue at your back (a more comfy one) but if you continue down the road you will arrive in Mirrallos and a lovely little church (just 500 meters down-hill). There is a bar/restaurant there. The owner is called Natalia. Although she will have no sign stating it, she has 25 beds available for peregrinos and the price is so-called ‘donativo’ which means you can give whatever you want. Giving at least the amount you would give in a normal municipal albergue is decent. The dormitories are still being refurbished so don’t expect a lot of luxury, but the food and the way you are treated and served there makes up for any inconvenience  you might have in the room! You can wash your clothes and they have a lovely terrace. The little church is their neighbor so you won’t have any trouble checking it out, no matter how tired you are. Totally recommended!

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Km 13,6: Mirallos (Albergue, Bar)

Km 14,4: A Pena:  (Albergue, Bar)

Km 16,8: Mercadoiro (Albergue, Bar)

Km 17,1: Moutrás (Shop Peter Pank)

Km 20: Vilachá (Albergue)

Km 22,4: Portomarín (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 27

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Stage 28 Portomarín – Palas de Rei

25 km – 19 albergues

Km 0: Portomarín (All services)

Km 8: Gonzar (Albergues, Bar)

Km 9,3: Castromaior (Bar, Pension)

Km 11,8: Hospital da Cruz (Albergue, Bar)

Km 13,3: Ventas de Narón (Albergues, Bar) Excellent albergue with a couple of private rooms: Albergue O Cruceiro.

Km 16,5: Ligonde (Albergues, Bar)

Km 17,4: Airexe (Albergue, Bar)

Km 19,4: Portos (Albergue, Bar)

Km 20: Lestedo (Albergue, Bar, Rural house)

Km 25: Palas de Rei (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 28

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Stage 29 Palas de Rei – Arzúa

28,8 km – 27 albergues

Km 0: Palas de Rei (All services)

Km 3,4: San Xulián do Camiño (Albergue, Bar)

Km 4,5: Pontecampaña (Albergue)

Km 5,7: Casanova (Albergues, Bar)

Km 8,5: O Coto (Bar, Shop)

Km 9,2: Leboreiro

Km 13: San Xoán de Furelos (Bar)

Km 14,8: Melide (All services) Book your accommodation here. Don’t forget to eat here at Casa Alongos!

Km 20,5: Boente (Albergues, Bar)

Km 22,7: Castañeda (Albergue, Bar)

Km 25,8: Ribadiso da Baixo (Albergues, Bar)

Km 28,8: Arzúa (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 29

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Stage 30 Arzúa – O Pedrouzo

19,1 km – 13 albergues

Km 0: Arzúa (All services)

Km 2,2: Preguntoño

Km 5,2: Taberna Vella (Albergue, Bar, Shop)

Km 5,8: Calzada (Bar)

Km 7,8: Calle (Bars)

Km 11,1: Salceda (Albergues, Bar, Pharmacy at 600 meters)

Km 15,3: O Empalme (Bars)

Km 16,3: Santa Irene (Albergues)

Km 17,9: A Rúa (Bars, Pensions, Rural houses)

Km 19,1: O Pedrouzo (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 30

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Stage 31 O Pedrouzo – Santiago de Compostela

20 km – 15 albergues

Km 0: O Pedrouzo (All services)

Km 4: Cimadevilla

Km 7,7: San Paio (Bar)

Km 9,5: Lavacolla (Bar, Shop, Pharmacy, Hotel, Albergues)

Km 14,8: San Marcos (Bar, Shop)

Km 15,2: Monte do Gozo (Albergue, Bar, Shop, ATM)

Km 20: Santiago de Compostela (All services) Book your accommodation here.

French Way Stage 31

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Booking.com

OUR PRIMARY SOURCE: BOOKING.COM

We always use booking.com. There are good things and less good things to say about this site, but the downsides are related to their very broad customer population (you get a lot of hostels in the results that are no way within walking distance). You can apply some filtering based on amount of km from the city center however.

There is one big advantage for us: the map on their site. Once you entered the name of the village (or nearest bigger city) and hit search you’ll get an overview of (lots of!) places to stay. If you scroll a bit down, you’ll see a little map. Click on it, and it will open up a bigger and interactive map with all the locations. Just look near where you are (don’t forget to zoom in to see more locations!), review the info, chose a place to stay and the best part: book it online and you’ll be sure to have a place to stay that night.

More and more accommodations (including albergues!) are finding their way to advertise on booking.com. The reviews are very helpful in avoiding bad choices!

We didn’t book ahead (only when we were nearing Santiago as it was getting very busy in all albergues so we knew the hostels would get full soon too). However, it was nice to pull up the app of booking.com during breakfast and estimating where we would end up that day and to have some alternative plan B in case our first choice were to be fully booked.

They also have a filter you can apply to search for e.g. only inns, or… rural houses.We like to get comfortable once in a while…

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’.Booking.com results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Google Maps

Occasionally, booking.com will not have many hostels near you because there are of course lots of small hostels that are not yet on booking.com. This seems to be the case with the example location we chose: Arzúa.

In this situation, we visit googlemaps.com, type a search for ‘hostels in [name of location]’ – Google will suggest immediately a ‘hostels near xxx’. Hit search and you’ll get the results.

Here’s an impression of their map for a search on ‘Arzúa’:

GoogleMaps results for Arzúa on the French Way

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Turgalicia

Once you are in Galicia, the best way to find places to stay (in addition to the primary booking.com) is turgalicia.es (English version).

They are the official tourist information site by the local government (Junta de Galicia, in Gallego ‘Xunta de Galicia’). Obviously, it’s their duty to provide this information and being listed on that site is important and free for hostel owners.

This is how their site looks. In the right menu bar you should click ‘Municipalities’ and check the ones you need to search: for the Camino Francés that might be Lugo or La Coruña, where that route runs through. Once checked off the boxes, hit ‘accept’ in the municipality window and search in the same right menu.

use of turgalicia english site

 

Once you get the results page, hit the button ‘Map’ in the left upper corner menu.

Here’s an impression on their map search for places to stay in Arzúa – it not only gives an additional 10+ places to stay (you will need to zoom in) but it also indicates very well what type of lodging it is (rural houses are the nice green ones) and in the menu above the map you will find many more interesting things (things to see, things to do, etc). Needless to say you can click on each hit and get more information about the hostel.

Turgalicia results for Arzúa on the French Way

This is as far as we want to go with lists of albergues. If you really want a list to print-out, we can recommend you to visit the site of Eroski consumer, they also have pdf’s available, although like I said, the complete narratives are in Spanish. Here’s the direct link to the albergues on the Camino Francés.

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Sarria

Sarria is the most popular starting point for pilgrims who want to do the final 100K of the Camino Francés to fulfill the Compostela. It’s also the busiest part of the camino, since most pilgrims (Spanish & foreign) belong to this category. You can get to Sarria in different ways.

There are trains from Madrid to Sarria and there are also trains from other parts of Spain to Sarria (Barcelona, Tarragona, Lleida, Zaragoza, Pamplona, Vitoria, Burgos, Palencia and León).
You could also try to get a flight directly into Santiago de Compostela or La Coruña and do a combo by train and bus.

Vueling offers relatively cheap flights. It’s worthwhile checking if they have European flights you can use to make your trip cheaper. As an example: you might be able to get a cheap intercontinental flight into Amsterdam (The Netherlands) or Paris (France) and you might discover that the additional flight to Santiago will only cost you between 50 and 100 Euros. Check it out, it might be the difference between going low budget or have some extra cash to spend on food.

If you arrive in La Coruña, a train to Santiago would be the obvious choice. From Santiago there are buses to Lugo multiple times a day. From Lugo to Sarria you have a direct line multiple times a day and all days of the week.

Check flight options here: www.vueling.com

Check train options here: www.renfe.com

Check Santiago bus options here: www.empresafreire.com
Check Lugo bus options here: www.monbus.es

For more information, we recommend the resource pages of Eroski: you can navigate the subpages with their menu  on the right where you can check out all common starting points: caminodesantiago.consumer.es

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More Camino Spirit

Although starting in Sarria seems like the obvious choice when you don’t want to walk hundreds of kilometers, it’s worthwhile considering other places to start. A more genuine camino spirit can be found basically on any other part of the trail to be honest.

Here are a few other popular starting points to get you ehm.. started:

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Cultural Gems

The Camino in itself is a cultural gem so it is nearly impossible to make a selection…

Here are a few starting points that are simply marvelous. The links will take you to the website of lonely planet.

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