The French Way of Saint James
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The French Way of Saint James
As you know, there are different itineraries to complete the Way of St. James. and it all depends on the starting point and the area to be covered. Next, we focus on the main points you should know about the French Way of Saint James.
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What is the French Way of Saint James?
The Pilgrims’ Road to Santiago de Compostela French is considered to be the most important itinerary, the original path of this route. So much so that in 1135 in the Codex Calixtinus, the most relevant book of Jacobean history, is already mentioned.
This is the route chosen by the majority of pilgrims who come from different parts of Europe, generally. This is a route along which pilgrims, if they do it in its entirety, will pass through 141 towns.
It is a street with no shortage of services of all kinds, and there are rest and eating areas every 5.6 km on average. However, if you are going to do this route, you should bear in mind that there are two points with a longer distance without this type of service: Carrión de los Condes to Calzadilla de la Cueza, where there are 17.4 km, and from the Orisson refuge to Roncesvalles with 16.6 km of route without this type of service.
It is a road that is almost 800 km long and that crosses Spanish territory, crossing Navarre, La Rioja, Castile and Leon, passing through Burgos, Palencia, Leon, and arriving in Galicia through Lugo.
The French Way of Saint James from Roncesvalles
If you do the French Way of Saint James from Roncesvalles you will do the following stages:
- Stage 2 Roncesvalles – Zubiri 21.4 km
- Stage 3 Zubiri – Pamplona 20.4 km
- Stage 4 Pamplona – Puente la Reina 23.9 km
- Stage 5 Puente la Reina – Estella 21.6 km
- Stage 6 Estella – Los Arcos 21,3 km
- Stage 7 Los Arcos – Logroño 27,6 km
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- Stage 8 Logroño – Nájera 29,0 km
- Stage 9 Nájera – Santo Domingo de la Calzada 20,7 km
- Stage 10 Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Belorado 22,0 km
- Stage 11 Belorado – San Juan de Ortega 23,9 km
- Stage 12 San Juan de Ortega – Burgos
- Stage 13 Burgos – Hornillos del Camino 21,0 km
- Stage 14 Hornillos del Camino – Castrojeriz 19,9 km
- Stage 15 Castrojeriz – Frómista 24,7 km
- Stage 16 Frómista – Carrión de los Condes 18,8 km
- Stage 17 Carrión de los Condes – Terradillos de los Templarios 26,3 km
- Stage 18 Terradillos de los Templarios – Bercianos del Real Camino 23,2 km
- Stage 19 Bercianos del Real Camino – Mansilla de las Mulas 26,3 km
- Stage 20 Mansilla de las Mulas – León 18,5 km
On the historic path
- Stage 21A León – San Martín del Camino 24,6 km
- Stage 22A San Martín del Camino – Astorga 23,7 km
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For Villar de Mazarife
- Stage 21B León – Villar de Mazarife 21,1 km
- Stage 22B Villar de Mazarife – Astorga 31,4 km
- Stage 23 Astorga – Foncebadón 25,8 km
- Stage 24 Foncebadón – Ponferrada 26,8 km
- Stage 25 Ponferrada – Villafranca del Bierzo 24,2 km
- Stage 26 Villafranca del Bierzo – O Cebreiro 27,8 km
- Stage 27 O Cebreiro – Triacastela 20,8 km
For San Xil and Samos
- Stage 28A Triacastela – Sarria 17,8 km
- Stage 28B Triacastela – Sarria 25,0 km