The Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port

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The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port

Distance: 66 Km

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

Meals: Half Board or Only Breakfast

Accomodation: Hotels and Country Cottages

Price: From 340€ per person

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The French Camino de Santiago (or French Way) begins in the French city of St Jean Pied de Port in the French Basque Country and continues through the Pyrenees until reaching Pamplona. The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port is very popular among the French.

Pamplona is a world-famous city for its running of the bulls, known as San Fermín. This section is one of the most difficult but also one of the most beautiful routes of the entire Camino de Santiago.

The so-called ‘Route Napoleón’ is so beautiful because it passes through the Roncesvalles Mountain Pass at 1,450 meters high. The views from Roncesvalles are spectacular and from here we can see the Pyrenees in all its splendor. You will certainly have an unforgettable experience walking from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.







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Camino de Santiago Itinerary from St Jean Pied de Port

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St Jean Pied de Port

St Jean Pied de Port is the most popular French starting point for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Approximately 25,000 pilgrims start the French Way from St Jean Pied de Port every year. St Jean Pied de Port is a beautiful walled city, with its amazing Citadel and the gateway to Santiago. Pilgrims from all over the world come to St Jean Pied de Port to start their Camino de Santiago journey.

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From St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles - 26km

The beginning of this route departs from the city of St Jean Pied de Port and starts by walking up the famousRoncesvalles Pass in the Pyrenees. This route is demanding, probably the hardest of the entire French Way. The so-called ‘Route Napoleón’ begins with a steep climb from where we will get to see beautiful country homes before reaching the typical upland meadows. On this route we will also have some spectacular views of the Pyrenees Mountains. Then we will walk through beautiful forests heading towards the Spanish border and we will head downhill until reaching the town ofRoncesvalles. Alternatively, we can also walk to the village of Valcarlos. In Roncesvalles we recommend visiting theCollegiate Church and the Chapel of Santiago.

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Optional: From St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles – 12 km and 14 km

If walking 26 km for approximately 8 hours all in one go seems too difficult, we can choose to divide the route into two sections. First we will walk 12 km from St Jean Pied de Port to Valcarlos. Valcarlos is a pretty, welcoming village. Spending the night in Valcarlos is ideal, especially in the winter months when snow can make the route even more difficult. The second day we will walk for 14 km from Valcarlos to Roncesvalles.

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From Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 20 km

We will start the day in the town of Roncesvalles. Roncesvalles is a popular starting point for many pilgrims from Spain. In Roncesvalles we recommend visiting the Chapel of St. James as well as the Royal Collegiate of Santa Maria. The trail between Roncesvalles and Zubiri crosses beautiful forests of beech and oak trees. This trail also crosses two mountain passes: Alto de Mezquíriz and Alto de Erro. After crossing the passes, we will make our way down to the town of Zubiri where we can visit its famous ‘Rabies Bridge’ located over the Arga River.

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From Zubiri to Pamplona – 20 km

Once we leave Zubiri, the trail continues along the Arga River to the city of Larrasoaña, an important city during the Middle Ages due to its influx of pilgrims. Little by little we will make our way towards the city of Pamplona. Pamplona is famous for its running of the bulls, specifically its San Fermín festival. Pamplona is an interesting city to visit; we can go to its medieval center, visit the cathedral, try its rich local cuisine (don’t forget the wine!), or we can go visit the city’s main square, the ‘Plaza del Castillo’.

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Pamplona

We will spend the last day of the first section of the French Way in Pamplona. Pamplona is world renowned for its San Fermín festival, during which the running of the bulls takes place in its streets in July. Pamplona is a city with a great vibe and it is worth thoroughly visiting this city.

Camino de Santiago Itinerary from Roncesvalles

Accommodation in hotels, country homes, guesthouses, traditional Galician homes and charming hostels.

All rooms have a private bathroom and all the necessary facilities to ensure your comfort. Our accommodations have been selected to guarantee your rest and relaxation so that you have a pleasant stay along the Camino de Santiago.

All of the accommodations that we offer are personally checked on-site by our team. We also double check them by referring to the opinions of our customers.

Since we work with quality accommodations that have limited capacity, the exact name of the accommodation will be provided 30 days before the start of the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago Services from Roncesvalles

INCLUDED SERVICES

Accommodation in hotels, traditional Galician homes, country homes, and charming hostels.

Rooms with private bathroom.

Meal plan of your choice.

Luggage transport between stages.

Complete itinerary of the route.

24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

Assistance vehicle in case of emergency.

Informative dossier on the Camino de Santiago.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Additional single room: €70 per person.

Extra night in Pamplona: €55 per person.

Transfer from Pamplona to St Jean Pied de Port: €140.

Travel assistance insurance: €15 per person.

Cancellation insurance: €10 per person.

About the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

We want to talk to you now about one of the most charming routes on the Camino Frances. In fact, we refer to the route of the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona. It is one of the most popular for many reasons that we will explain later.

By the way, we offer in this, and in other articles on our web, all the necessary information to be able to carry out your adventure of the Camino of Santiago on any of its routes.

Why choose the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona?

There are many reasons to make the Camino de Santiago de Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona. Next, we will detail some of them with the intention of encouraging you to complete one of the most beautiful and popular routes of all the possible itineraries of the Camino.

1.- The natural surroundings: one of the most noteworthy aspects of the Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is its great landscape and environmental richness. For example, roads littered with forests before entering the final point, Navarra, are impressive.

Uno de los bosques en Navarra

Also, this section of the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona includes mountain stretches (two of them) where we can enjoy a wonderful experience.

2.-Historical heritage: in general, the Camino Frances is full of valuable cultural, historical and artistic heritage. However, for its stretch between Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona this is especially visible.

For example, in Saint Jean Pied de Port we can find its genuine medieval bridge and the Rue D'Espagne, a medieval aspect whose charm still remains intact.

Puente medieval St Jean Pied de Port

The carving of the Virgin of Biakorri, in the area of Aquitaine, in France, is another example of this. Later, in the section of sites of interest, we will detail other places that you cannot miss. However, and to whet your appetite, it must be remembered that these points constitute for themselves another reason why to make this route of the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela.

3.- Gastronomy: one of the most noteworthy points of the Camino Frances of Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is, without doubt, its great variety and gastronomic richness. This is due to the great variety of cultures that it crosses, even in the culinary.

Thus, along the route, and as we will detail in the section of the best restaurants, we can find gastronomic wonders to delight any pilgrim. A journey that, to culminate, has its strong point in one of the gastronomic capitals of our country and, by extension, of the whole world: Pamplona.

Tomar pinchos en Pamplona

4.- Infrastructure: it is necessary to say on the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona that it has an excellent endowment in terms of infrastructure. It is for this reason that, ahead of other routes of the Camino de Santiago which are less crowded, the popularity of all the Camino Frances ensures that it is spectacularly served.

The road is well signposted, avoids overcrowding, the terrain is well prepared for pilgrimages and, the locals who are found along the way live its culture with more passion (if it is possible) than the pilgrims themselves.

Information about the route between Saint Jean Pied de Port and Pamplona

The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is a route that forms part of the so-called Camino de Santiago Frances. It finishes its route in Pamplona and is divided into four stages. It has a total length of 68 kilometres that run by unparalleled landscapes, cultural and historical.

It is one of the busiest routes and, in addition, it is one in which most of the pilgrimage paths to Santiago converge for many centuries. When we finally get to Pamplona, this route allows us to go around its historic centre to enjoy one of the key cities since the early Middle Ages.

Panoramica de la Plaza del Castillo

The most reserved routes from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

Among all the possible options that exist within the Camino Frances, some of them can link directly to the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port. Others arrive directly in Pamplona and follow the route of this magnificent pilgrimage path.

Now, we want to talk to you about the other most popular route along with the one we are discussing.

Camino Frances from Sarria

With a length of 111 kilometres, the Camino Frances can also start from Sarria. In this section, there is a large number of pilgrims, so it is an excellent opportunity to make friends on the pilgrimage.

Route of the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

Maps of the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

To follow, we enclose the maps of the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

St. Jean Pied de Port - Roncesvalles

St Jean Pied de Port a Roncesvalles

Map stage from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles - Zubiri

Roncesvalles a Zubiri

Map stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Zubiri - Pamplona

Zubiri a Pamplona

Map stage from Zubiri to Pamplona

Profile of the Camino from St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

Here we present all the information regarding the profile of the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

In general, we can say that it is a very recommended section for those who want to start on the route: the highest level of the entire route is the Collado Lepoeder pass at 1430 metres. Later, it includes a steep descent into the town of Roncesvalles.

St. Jean Pied de Port - Roncesvalles

Perfil de St Jean Pied de Port a Roncesvalles

Profile stage from St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles - Zubiri

Perfil de Roncesvalles a Zubiri

Profile stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri

Zubiri - Pamplona

Perfil de Zubiri a Pamplona

Profile stage from Zubiri to Pamplona

In general, we can say that it is a very recommended section for those who want to start on the route: the highest level of the entire route is the Collado Lepoeder pass at 1430 metres. Later, it includes a steep descent into the town of Roncesvalles.

Desde el Collado Lepoeder

Stages on foot

We also detail what the walking stages are that we must face in this Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Stage from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles.

Stage from Roncesvalles to Zubiri.

Stage from Zubiri to Pamplona.

How long does the Camino de Santiago Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona take?

The total length of this section of the Camino de Santiago Frances is 66 kilometres. These are distributed in a total of 4 nights and 5 days. This is the proposed itinerary from Santiago Ways.

In any case, we want you to remember that it is always possible that this duration will lengthen if you fall in love with any of the spots that you may find along the route.

The best time to do the Camino de Santiago Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

While the question of when to make the Camino de Santiago, in general, depends on the taste of each individual, we want to talk now about what is the best time of the year to make the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port.

We will detail according to each month what advantages and disadvantages there are in each one, although we can anticipate that the factor of weather instability is especially noted in the seasons of autumn and winter and that, in general, except in the mountain stages, the temperatures are mild throughout the route.

January

The month of January is a moment chosen by many people to complete this route, especially taking advantage of the last days of the Christmas holidays. One of the most powerful reasons to do it during this month is the beauty of the environment, especially in mountain regions. You have to go well covered up, warm and prepared for possible rains, yes.

February

In February the weather is a little milder in respect to mountain temperatures. As we have said, most of the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port runs through areas of Atlantic or transitional climate. This means that the winters are mild.

March

In March the temperatures begin to rise. It is the moment when spring begins to show its influence and therefore it is a good time for those who feel the cold. With the necessary planning, we can avoid the rains, yes.

April

In April the temperature is mild and the rains are intermittent. The whole environment of the Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona is dressed in beautiful colours that will make our experience unforgettable. In this month, our route can coincide with Easter.

Semana Santa en Santiago de Compostela

May

In May there is a potential risk of increased rainfall. However, as we always advise, we will be able to avoid these drawbacks with an adequate forecast especially when it comes to your equipment. The temperatures are mild, even up in the mountains.

June

When summer comes it is when most pilgrims are encouraged to make the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port. They do so for obvious reasons that have to do with increasing temperatures and the lower risk of precipitation.

July

The same goes for the month of July. In July, it is when the local festivities of Santiago take place, between the 15th and the 31st. This month is another favourite of the year for pilgrims. In fact, temperatures increase even more, which increases the popularity of the itinerary but also the levels of possible precipitation.

Dia del Apostol Santiago en la Catedral

August

August is, by far, the favourite time of year to make the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port. It is because it is a period of ideal temperatures and, above all, when most people have more available time.

September

It is the month when the autumn begins and when, in a way, the probability of precipitation reappears. However, this time of year also brings many beautiful colours to the whole landscape.

October

Although rainfall is more abundant in October, it is a great time to enjoy all the beautiful landscapes that come together along the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port.

November

In November, this is the month in which the winter is about to fully begin. Therefore, temperatures fall, although there is still a risk of precipitation. Contrary to what happens during the rest of the winter, in this month the cold is not excessively worrying.

December

December is also a good time to make the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona because during this month the city is dressed up for its Christmas festivities.

Navidad en Santiago de Compostela

Guide to the places you cannot miss on the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

We also want to offer to name of some of the most emblematic places that you will be able to know on this Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

Places of interest

Roncesvalles

The whole historical collection in this town is worth it. However, the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María de Roncesvalles must be highlighted among all the town’s heritage. It is a church of imposing appearance and beautiful architecture.

Alto de Mezquíriz y el Alto de Erro

Between Roncesvalles and Zubiri are these two wonderful spots where we can make a stop to enjoy the views of the surroundings.

Catedral de Pamplona

Pamplona Cathedral is one of the most interesting architectural monuments due to its appearance and unmistakable façade. It has a gothic interior that constitutes one of the most valuable architectural jewels of Spain and, by extension, of all Europe.

Estilo gotico Catedral de Pamplona

Where to sleep – the best lodgings

In Santiago Ways, we offer you the best selection of hotels to make your pilgrimage an unforgettable journey and to give you all the rest you deserve.

Where to eat – The best restaurants

Gau Txori: This emblematic restaurant located in Zubiri offers the best of Navarre's gastronomy. It is an elegant place where you can taste a good menu at a relatively affordable price.

Casa Sabina: This restaurant offers us a popular menu at reasonable prices. It is located in Roncesvalles and is one of the obligatory stops that you cannot miss in the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona.

Asador Olaverri: In Pamplona, we can pay homage after completing the Camino Frances to Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port with Navarre specialties and, above all, with its exquisite traditional style roasts.

Asador Olaverri en Pamplona

Origin of the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

The Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona connects its own history with the Camino Frances. This emerged as an alternative to the so-called Camino del Norte when, as the Reconquista progressed, this route was opened, much more practical than the previous one.

Since then, the Camino de Santiago Frances and, of course, the route from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona has been completed by thousands of people. It is, in fact, the most popular route of all possible options on the Camino de Santiago.

The Camino of St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona with Santiago Ways

Other sections of the Camino Frances

Other users’ opinions about the Camino de St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

So that you have all the information on what other people who have already completed the Camino with Santiago Ways think, then we offer you some of their opinions.

Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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Photos and videos of the Camino de St Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona

We enclose finally some pictures and videos of the Camino from Saint Jean Pied de Port so that you get an idea of all the beauty that awaits you.

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