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French Way

The pilgrim route par excellence has two branches, depending on the piligrims’ point of entry from France.

The main French Way: Having reached Saint Jean Pied de Port (France), the pilgrims travel 774 kilometres in Spain, passing through the provinces of Navarre, La Rioja, Burgos, Palencia, Leon, Lugo and A Coruña. At an average of 20-25 kilometres daily, it usually takes about 30 days to reach Santiago.

The route began to be signposted with yellow arrows in the eighties, thanks to the parish priest of O Cebreiro, Elías Valiña, and the Association of the Friends of the Navarre Way. This first symbol is now accompanied by milestones and each region’s institutional signs.

Roncesvalles – Pamplona – Puente La Reina – Estella – Logroño – Nájera – Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Burgos – Castrojeriz - Carrión de los Condes – Frómista – Sahagún – León – Astorga – Ponferrada and then they enter Galicia via O Cebreiro – Samos – Sarria – Portomarín – Palas de Reis – Melide – Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela.

The other branch enters Spain from France via Somport, in Aragon, and continues through the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza and Navarre before reaching -after 6 days and 167 kilometres- Puente La Reina, where it joins the French Way.

Somport – Canfranc – Jaca – Sangüesa – Lumbier – Puente La Reina.


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French Way
French Way