Camino Francés

Description

  1. Name Camino Francés
  2. Length of trail 800 km, 497 miles
  3. Length in days 32 days
  4. Start of trail Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port / Roncesvalles
  5. End of trail Santiago de Compostela
  6. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

Camino Francés

Camino Francés (GR65), Roncesvalles / Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Puente la Reina - Santiago de Compostela, 800 km, 32 days

This is the classical and most popular Way of St. James, running from the Pyrenees through the plains of northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. It all began here. Nowadays, there are hundreds of waymarked Ways of St. James, some 30 in Spain alone. The classical Camino Francés is an easy path. If you like mixing with scores of other pilgrims, this is still your best bet. If you are more the type of a lonely hiker, there are better alternatives, like the coastal route.

The path has also an official GR number in Spain: GR65 Camino de Santiago. Note that there is also the GR65-5 in Catalunya (Camino de Tarragona) and the GR65-3 in the central Pyrenees (Camino Aragonés).

Visit Traildino's overview page for the Way of Saint James / Camino de Santiago.

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Camino Francés (rutas alternativas), 226km
Camino Francés
.Camino Francés, 139km
.Camino Francés, 121km
.Camino Francés, 174km
.Camino Francés, 122km
.Camino Francés, 126km
.Camino Francés, alternative route, 15km
.Camino Francés, 65km
Camino Francs, 18km
Camino Francs, 6.5km

Opinions

Rate 8.5 | 4 votes | No 7. in Spain
  • Hubert Sdun July 2016
  • Rate 9
  • Positive I liked the albergues and the people I met there. The cities placed on the French Way are also very beautiful and altogether it's a cool adventure.
  • Negative Pretty high temperature in the summer.
  • ZoradeRuig June 2016
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Nature and ambience
  • Negative Crowdy
  • Hiking Is Good April 2013
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Walking through Spanish diverse countryside which is slightly changing every day and just enough to find yourself every week in completely differente landscape
  • Negative Albergues could be full especially in the summer months
  • ZdendaB August 2015
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Scenery, pilgrims, food, sun, hot :-)
  • Negative Sometimes, the sun was too hot (I was there in August)
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Hike Reports

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Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • The Way of St James - Le Puy to the Pyrenees
  • Guidebook to the Way of St James pilgrim route, describing the 730km French section of the Camino de Santiago route from Le Puy-en-Valey in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees, including pilgrimage history, points of interest, links to other routes and accommodation. Suitable for all abilities but basic fitness is required. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • The Way of St James - Le Puy to the Pyrenees
  • This comprehensive guidebook describes the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) pilgrim route through France. Also known as the Chemin de St Jacques or GR65, the 730km (454 mile) route runs from Le Puy-en-Velay in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees. People have been walking it as a pilgrimage route for over 1000 years,... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • The Way of St James - Le Puy to the Pyrenees
  • This comprehensive guidebook describes the Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) pilgrim route through France. Also known as the Chemin de St Jacques or GR65, the 730km (454 mile) route runs from Le Puy-en-Velay in central France to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees. People have been walking it as a pilgrimage route for over 1000 years,... Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2017
  • The Way of St James - Spain
  • Guidebook to walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route, or Way of St James. A 778km trek through northern Spain from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela and onto Finisterre on the Galician coast. The camino usually takes between 4 and 5 weeks to hike. Guide to the Frances route, with maps and accommodation details. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2013
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2007
  • Camino de Santiago
  • The Rother walking guide to the Spanish Camino de Santiago has been so popular in such a short space of time that this new second edition has been prepared after only one year. In a total of 41 stages the whole of the Camino francés is described from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port via Roncesvalles, as well as the Aragon route from the Somport pass via... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2007
Bol.com
Netherlands
2007
  • Camino De Santiago
  • nThis walking guide deals with the whole of the Camino de Santiago (Camino franc s) from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela as well as the continuation to Finisterre and Muxfa on the Galician coast. The start of the Way of St. James is described from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port via Roncesvalles (Camino navarro) and also from the Somport pass... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Wandelgids Camino de Santiago - Jakobsweg - Sint Jacobs route | Rother
  • With over 1000 years of history, the Way of Saint James is one of the classic long distance walks. This historical route along almost 1000 kilometres from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela offers unique cultural, scenic and nature experiences. Since the most recent Holy Year of 2004 the Way of Saint James has gained even more in popularity... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2007
  • Camino De Santiago
  • nThis walking guide deals with the whole of the Camino de Santiago (Camino franc s) from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela as well as the continuation to Finisterre and Muxfa on the Galician coast. The start of the Way of St. James is described from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port via Roncesvalles (Camino navarro) and also from the Somport pass... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2016
  • Santiago de Compostela - Roncevaux / Roncesvalles to Santiago IGN 89022
  • Camino Francés, the main route of the Way of St. James across northern Spain from Roncesvalles in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela on a double-sided, waterproof and tear-resistant map from IGN France with cartography and tourist information identical to coverage of this route by Kompass map No. 133.The IGN map differs from Kompass map No.... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Time Out on the Camino
  • (Based on the German book "buen caminoooo!!!". Top 10 Adventure and Travel books on amazon.de)Simon K. Richardson presents a description of his experiences on the Camino Francés (“St. James' Way”), a walk that turned out to be very different from what he had expected. He was surprised to find out that walking the Camino can be an amusing and... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Time Out on the Camino
  • (Based on the German book "buen caminoooo!!!". Top 10 Adventure and Travel books on amazon.de)Simon K. Richardson presents a description of his experiences on the Camino Francés (“St. James' Way”), a walk that turned out to be very different from what he had expected. He was surprised to find out that walking the Camino can be an amusing and... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • The northern caminos
  • This guidebook is a comprehensive, pocket-sized guide to walking the pilgrimage routes through northern Spain to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino del Norte is an 817km five-week coastal route from the town of Irún, close to the French border. Its alternatives are the Camino Primitivo (which splits from the Norte near Oviedo... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • The northern caminos
  • This guidebook is a comprehensive, pocket-sized guide to walking the pilgrimage routes through northern Spain to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino del Norte is an 817km five-week coastal route from the town of Irún, close to the French border. Its alternatives are the Camino Primitivo (which splits from the Norte near Oviedo... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
  • The Way of the Piney Sisters
  • The Camino Frances Is a 500 Mile Pilgrimage Across the North of Spain. Why Oh Why Do Jane and Charlotte, Two Recently Retired Sisters, Decide They Can Manage This Huge Trek - The Camino Way? Wha Do They Learn? Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Way of the Piney Sisters
  • The Camino Frances is a 500 mile long pilgrimage across northern Spain. Jane and Charlotte are two retired sisters from the UK, who, despite poor health and despite not being especially fit, decide they can manage this huge trek, carrying all their kit on their backs. This gently amusing book is their account of that journey: honest,... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Way of the Piney Sisters
  • The Camino Frances is a 500 mile long pilgrimage across northern Spain. Jane and Charlotte are two retired sisters from the UK, who, despite poor health and despite not being especially fit, decide they can manage this huge trek, carrying all their kit on their backs. This gently amusing book is their account of that journey: honest,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • Camino de Santiago - Village to Village Guide
  • Since medieval times, more than a million pilgrims have followed the Way of St James across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. This guidebook contains all the informationyou need to walk the 800km (500 mile) Camino Frances and the 90km (55mile) Camino Finisterre. - Full colour detailed topogrphical stage maps of each days walk with free... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Camino de Santiago, Camino Frances | Village to Village Press
  • Since medieval times, more than a million pilgrims have followed the Way of St James across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. This guidebook contains all the information you need to walk the 800km (500 mile) Camino Frances and the 90km (55mile) Camino Finisterre. Full colour detailed topographical stage maps of each days walk with free... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Camino de Santiago - Village to Village Guide
  • Since medieval times, more than a million pilgrims have followed the Way of St James across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago. This guidebook contains all the informationyou need to walk the 800km (500 mile) Camino Frances and the 90km (55mile) Camino Finisterre. - Full colour detailed topogrphical stage maps of each days walk with free... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Jakobsweg Spanien
  • Der Weg ist das Ziel. beim Wandern auf dem Jakobsweg lässt man den Alltag mühelos hinter sich.- Pilgerweg zum Grab des Apostels Jakobus in Santiago de Compostela- Die Route entstand bereits in der ersten Hälfte des 11. Jahrhunderts- 1993 wurde der spanische Hauptweg in das UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe aufgenommen- Europäische Kulturroute- Historische... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Spanien: Jakobsweg Camino Primitivo
  • Durch die Berge Asturiens und Galiciens führt der Camino Primitivo von Oviedo Richtung Santiago de Compostela. Das Buch beschreibt den Verlauf des ca. 320 km langen Jakobswegs bis Melide, den Weiterweg des Camino Francés bis Santiago und die anschließende Strecke nach Finisterre. Alle Beschreibungen wurden ebenso wie die genauen Angaben zu... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids - Pelgrimsroute Camino Primitivo | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Een redelijke gids van een alternatieve route naar Santiago de Compostela: een stuk rustiger dan de gewone route, maar soms niet zo makkelijk te vinden. Nu is er een duits boekje dat de route redelijk weergeeft. Het kan als basis dienen! Durch die Berge Asturiens und Galiciens führt der Camino Primitivo von Oviedo Richtung Santiago de... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Spanien: Jakobsweg Camino Primitivo
  • Durch die Berge Asturiens und Galiciens führt der Camino Primitivo von Oviedo Richtung Santiago de Compostela. Das Buch beschreibt den Verlauf des ca. 320 km langen Jakobswegs bis Melide, den Weiterweg des Camino Francés bis Santiago und die anschließende Strecke nach Finisterre. Alle Beschreibungen wurden ebenso wie die genauen Angaben zu... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Von Kap Zu Kap
  • Im Sommer 2011 pilgerte Peter (Pit) Gerlach aus Dautphetal-Hommertshausen auf dem Jakobsweg. Doch er wanderte nicht nur ein Teilstück des durch Hape Kerkeling so bekannten Pilgerweges. Er startete von seiner Haustür in Hommertshausen am Kap, oder besser gesagt von der bekannten Elisabethenkirche in Marburg/Lahn, um durch Deutschland, Luxemburg,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Von Kap Zu Kap
  • Im Sommer 2011 pilgerte Peter (Pit) Gerlach aus Dautphetal-Hommertshausen auf dem Jakobsweg. Doch er wanderte nicht nur ein Teilstück des durch Hape Kerkeling so bekannten Pilgerweges. Er startete von seiner Haustür in Hommertshausen am Kap, oder besser gesagt von der bekannten Elisabethenkirche in Marburg/Lahn, um durch Deutschland, Luxemburg,... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Sarria a Santiago (Versione Italiana)
  • Questo libro fornisce una guida completa per pianificare il vostro pellegrinaggio da Sarria a Santiago di Compostela. Esso contiene dettagli di 120 albergues (ostelli del pellegrino) compreso l'indirizzo, numeri di telefono, email, indirizzo web, gli orari di apertura e le coordinate GPS. Contiene suggerito mappe passeggiate quotidiane cosi... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Sarria a Santiago (Versione Italiana)
  • Questo libro fornisce una guida completa per pianificare il vostro pellegrinaggio da Sarria a Santiago di Compostela. Esso contiene dettagli di 120 albergues (ostelli del pellegrino) compreso l'indirizzo, numeri di telefono, email, indirizzo web, gli orari di apertura e le coordinate GPS. Contiene suggerito mappe passeggiate quotidiane cosi... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago de Compostela
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 from the Centro Geográfico del Ejército, the country’s military survey organization. Contours are at 20m intervals, without additional relief shading but with graphics and/or colouring to show different types of terrain, vegetation or land use. Boundaries of national parks and other protected... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • France: IGN Long-distance GR Routes Maps
  • France’s popular long-distance GR hiking routes presented by IGN on waterproof and tear-resistant maps with cartography from their highly popular TOP100 series. The route is prominently highlighted on contoured mapping at 1:100,000 and annotated with hiking distances. Symbols, both along the route itself and in the surrounding countryside,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Way of St. James to Compostela: Spanish Section
  • The main route of the Way of St James to Compostela across northern Spain presented at 1:100,000 on a durable, waterproof and tear-resistant map from Kompass, arranged as 26 separate strips, each with a route profile, plus additional street plans of central Logroño, Burgos, León and Santiago itself.The whole route is covered on 26 panels, each... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Spanischer Jakobsweg
  • - Der Spanische Jakobsweg ist die Pilgerroute Europas – sozusagen der Ferrari unter den Fernwanderwegen des Kontinents.- Jedes Jahr wandern tausende Menschen auf der 800 km langen Strecke von den Pyrenäen durch Nordspanien nach Santiago de Compostela – manche auch noch weiter zum Atlantischen Ozean, an dem man einst „das Ende der Welt´´... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Camino de Santiago 50K CNIG Topographic 11-Map Set
  • The whole of Way of St James to Santiago de Compostela in a set of 11 maps: 10 double-sided topographic maps at 1:50,000 plus an overview map of northern Spain, published by the Spanish civilian survey organization.Each 1:50,000 map is double-sided and has four 57 x 35cm panels with full topographic mapping of the area through which the route... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Santiago de Compostella CNIG Topo 94
  • Topographic coverage of mainland Spain at 1:50,000 in the MTN50 (Mapa Topográfico Nacional) series from the Centro Nacional de Información Geografica, the country’s civilian survey organization. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by relief shading, plus colouring and/or graphics to show different types of terrain, vegetation or... Read more
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Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Camino de Santiago in Spanje | CNIG
  • Een duidelijke overzichtskaart van Spanje en Portugal waarop alle pelgrimsroutes naar Santiago de Compostela - de Camino"s - staan ingetekend. Ideaal voor het uitkiezen en plannen van een langere wandelroute. Het is door de schaal niet een kaart die te gebruiken is als wandelkaart. Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Final Stage - Tui to Santiago Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • The final 110km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago. Walk the last 100km of the Camino Portugués from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. This final section of the walk takes you from Tui through the friendly region of Galicia in Northern Spain. Following country roads and woodland paths, you pass through wooded valleys, follow gentle... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Portugués: Stage 1 & 2: Lisbon to Coimbra Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Combine the first two sections of the Camino Portugués. Combining the first two sections of the Camino Portugués means that you are getting to visit many of Portugal’s most important, historic cities as well as walking through some of its most beautiful scenery through the ‘Garden of Portugal.’ The walking on these two sections is mainly flat,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 1 & 2 - St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Burgos
  • A 14 day & 13 night stage 1 & 2 St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Burgos self guided walking holiday. Walk the first two stages of the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port, which straddles the French and Spanish border, to the medieval city of Burgos. Crossing the Pyrenees your first day will undoubtably be the toughest day of the whole Camino. The steep... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Last 100km - Sarria to Santiago - 8 Days
  • Walk the last 100km of the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela over 6 walking days. Walk the classic final stage of the Camino de Santiago, covering the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago over six walking days. This breaks up the longest day (usually 28km) between Palas de Rei and Arzua. By adding an extra night you will have more... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 4 - Leon to O'Cebreiro Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Stage 4 of the Camino de Santiago takes you from the wonderful city of Leon to the quaint village of O'Cebriero. Walk from the beautiful city of Leon to O'Cebreiro on the Camino Frances. As you leave the plateau of Leon you will see the mountains up ahead as you head to Astorga. This part of the countryside is characterised by broom, heather,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 3 - Burgos to Leon Self Guided Walking Tour
  • This section runs from Burgos to the wonderful city of Leon. Walk from the medieval city of Burgos to the beautiful city of Leon on the third stage of the Camino. Crop field dominate the landscape on the first part of this stage and there are not many trees in view. The river Pisuerga brings you in to Palencia and into the Tierra de Campos... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Stage 1 - St Jean-Pied-de-Port to Logrono Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Walk the first stage of the Camino de Santiago from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Logrono. Walk the first stage of the Camino de Santiago, from St Jean which straddles the French and Spanish border, to Logrono in the famous wine growing region of Rioja. Undoubtedly the toughest stage of the whole Camino de Santiago, but one filled with rewards.... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Full Camino - St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago Self-Guided Walking Tour
  • Walk the full Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. Walk the full Camino Frances (Way of St James) - a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of travellers complete year after year. Setting off from St Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and finishing in Santiago de Compostela, you will enjoy... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Camino Stage 2 - Logrono to Burgos Self Guided Walking Holiday
  • Stage 2 Camino - Logrono to Burgos 7 day and 6 night self guided walking holiday. Walk from Logrono, in the region of Rioja to the medieval city of Burgos on the second stage of the Camino. The first part of this stage is relatively easy and the landscape is dominated by vineyards, as you head towards Santa Domingo country roads dominate and... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Spanje - Camino de Santiago * Groene Cultuurreis
  • Over de steppeachtige vlaktes van Castilla y León naar het overvloedig groene Galicië: vanaf de Middeleeuwen hebben miljoenen pelgrims uit heel Europa de pelgrimstocht ondernomen naar het heiligdom van Jacobus de Meerdere, Santiago el Mayor. Op deze Groene Cultuurreis treden we in de voetsporen van de middeleeuwse en hedendaagse pelgrim. Naast... Read more
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