Walking the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela
The Camino Francés from St. Jean Pied de Port to Logroño
A Self-Guided Trip lasting 10 Days & 9 Nights
This itinerary begins in St. Jean Pied de Port the last stop in France on the Way, a lovely little town with a marvelous pilgrim’s atmosphere. You’ll cross the magnficient Pyrenees mountains into Spain, then descend into the fertile valleys surrounding Pamplona to end in Logroño, captital of Spain’s most famous wine-producing area – La Rioja.
Walking a total of 164 Km in 8 daily stages averaging nearly 20.5 km/13 mi may seem challenging, but completing this itinerary is well within reach of anyone who maintains a moderate level of fitness
St. Jean Pied de Port
Independent arrival in the atmospheric and ancient walled town of St. Jean Pied de Port. Explore on your own.
Overnight: in St. Jean
St. Jean Pied de Port to Vierge d’Orisson
The walk across the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles (the first town in Spain on the Way) is long and quite challening, with over 1200 meters elevation gain and another 500 m descent, so for most of our clients we break it up into 2 stages. The trail starts with a long steep climb to the Vierge d’Orisson, known in Spanish as Virgen de Biakorre, a modern statue of the Virgin Mary brought here from Lourdes by shepherds, in a marvelous setting with panoramic views. Wait here for a pre-arranged taxi pickup to take you back to St. Jean.
Overnight: St. Jean Pied de Port
Vierge d’Orisson to Roncesvalles
A morning transfer returns you to the endpoint of yesterday’s walk. Continue climbing up to the Spanish-French border on the ridgeline of the Pyrenees – but there’s no border control police here! Just marmots, sheep and birds of prey soaring overhead. Views are splendid when not blocked by swirling mists so typical of the high mountains. A final descent brings you to Roncesvalles, a tiny yet emblematic hamlet dominated by an imposting monastery thought to be one of the earliest hospices of the pilgrims.
Roncesvalles to Zubiri
The first day’s walk in Spain descends along the Agra river through rolling terrain.
Zubiri to Pamplona
The descent from the Pyrenees ends in Pamplona.
Pamplona to Puente la Reina
Rolling rural terrain with several climbs and a steep descent into Puente de la Reina – one of the most important towns on the Way – it is here where the other main route crossing the Pyrenees at Somport Pass merges with the Roncesvalles route. A recommended detour shortly before reaching Puente de la Reina takes you to Santa Maria de Eunate – one of the most famous churches on the Camino, located on the Somport Pass route.
Overnight: Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina to Estella
Rolling rural terrain with a section along an original stretch of Roman road flanked by cypress trees.
Estella to Los Arcos
The terrain becomes less hilly, with plenty of vegetable plots, cornfields and vineyards .
Overnight: Los Arcos
Los Arcos to Logroño
A long walk crossing from Navarre province into La Rioja, with olive and almond groves, vineyards. On the way, pass through the attractive historic town of Viana. Logroño is the capital of La Rioja, and has a nice little historic centre huddled around the graceful cathedral
Depart from Logroño.
NOTE: If you aren’t in a hurry and want to see more of the area or another part of Spain, consider hiring a car and exploring! For example, driving from Logroño through La Rioja and then to the Atlantic coast to the north to Bilbao to catch a plane, or explore the nearby Pyrenees mountains and then on to Barcelona for your flight home. We can help you to plan your itinerary. Ask us!
Single room supplement: 250€
Extra night prices include excellent buffet breakfast and taxes.
Single room supplement: 250€