The French Way – El Camino Francés

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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.

A few options to get started taking an average of 15 km to also account for some rest days:

115 km - ~7 days: Sarria

150 km - 10 days: O Cebreiro

206 km - 14 days: Ponferrada

260 km - 17 days: Astorga

310 km - 20 days: León

488 km - 32 days: Burgos

611 km - 41 days: Logroño

706 km - 47 days: Pamplona

25,7 km – 9 albergues

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

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.

 

Perfil etapa 1 Camino Francés

 

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.

 

Perfil etapa 2 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 3 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 4 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 5 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 6 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 7 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 8 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 9 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 10 CF

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)

 

Perfil etapa 11 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 12 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 13 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 14 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 15 CF

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)

 

Perfil etapa 16 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 17 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 18 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 19 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 20 CF

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!

 

Perfil etapa 21 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 22 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 23 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 24 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 25 CF

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

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 albergue is the decent thing to do. The food and the way you are treated and served there is absolutely fabulous! 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.

 

Perfil etapa 27 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 28 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 29 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 30 CF

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.

 

Perfil etapa 31 CF

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