Essential Way of Saint James:

7 days of heritage, gastronomy, landscape and more

Essential Pilgrims' Route to Santiago: heritage, gastronomy and landscape :: Camino de Santiago essential :: heritage, gastronomy and landscape ::.

Discover the best routes and the main towns of the French Way of Saint James with this exclusive selection of accommodation, stages and activities complementary activities designed for you to live the essence of the Camino. 

French Way to Santiago

1. Itinerary

Estafeta Street in Pamplona
Day 1 | Pamplona
Arrival at Pamplona airport. We will get to know the famous city of the Sanfermines, as well as the cathedral and its narrow streets, accompanied by a local guide who will recommend local restaurants for the pintxos dinner typical of the area.
Estafeta Street in Pamplona
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Day 2 | Roncesvalles - Nájera
Today we will do our first stage on foot starting in Roncesvalles, the town through which we enter Spain from France. We will walk from here to Bizkarreta, through mid-mountain landscapes with alpine meadows and forests of oak, beech and pine trees, very typical of this stretch of the Camino. We will go on to Puente de la Reina, where we will stop to enjoy the local gastronomy and visit its main monuments, the Romanesque bridge and the church of Santiago Apostle. We will transfer to the accommodation and take the opportunity to go on a guided tour of one of the most famous wineries in La Rioja.
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Monastery of Santa María La Real of Nájera
Day 3 | Nájera - Burgos
Day 3. Nájera - Burgos. We will begin our journey in Nájera, in the Rioja Alta region, with a quiet 15 km route that will allow us to see the change from the mountainous and wine-growing landscape to the plateau and cereal fields typical of the Basque region. We will make a stop along the Way in the town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, to enjoy a magnificent meal and learn first-hand about one of the most interesting legends of the Way of St. James. We will transfer to Burgos where we will have our accommodation and enjoy a private tour of the main attractions of the city.
Monastery of Santa María La Real of Nájera
View from the Alto de Mostelares, near Castrojeriz, on the French Way of St James.
Day 4 | Burgos - León
Today's stage, just over 10 km long, between Castrojeriz and Ítero de la Vega, will allow us to get to know new landscapes: endless and silent fields that will accompany you during your journey. We will arrive in León for lunch and will have time to relax in the accommodation and, in the afternoon, we will enjoy a magnificent guided tour of the city.
View from the Alto de Mostelares, near Castrojeriz, on the French Way of St James.
Cross of Ferro and chapel dedicated to the apostle Santiago
Day 5 | León - Ponferrada
We will leave León to go to one of the most important points of the Camino, the Cruz de Ferro, where we will fulfil the rite of leaving a stone, testimony of our pilgrimage and we will descend, through the mountains of León, towards El Acebo. We will stop for lunch in a palace among vineyards, where we will discover and enjoy not only the local products but also its wines based on Mencía and Godello.
Cross of Ferro and chapel dedicated to the apostle Santiago
Panoramic view of Santiago de Compostela
Day 6 | Ponferrada - Santiago de Compostela
In this stage we will cover eight intense kilometres of ascent from Las Herrerías to O Cebreiro, another of the highest and most recognised points of the French Way by pilgrims throughout history. On arrival at O Cebreiro we will come across the church of Santa María, one of the first churches built on the Way, dating back to the 9th century and with a magnificent history and surprising secrets. Then we will go to Lugo to visit one of the best preserved Roman walls of the present day. We will enjoy the local gastronomy and continue our journey towards our final destination, Santiago de Compostela.
Panoramic view of Santiago de Compostela
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Day 7 | Santiago de Compostela
Guided tour of Santiago de Compostela and farewell lunch
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