Camino de Santiago Itinerary from 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.
From St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles - 26km
8h | +1601m / -786m
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.
Optional: From St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles – 12 km and 14 km
4h | +301m / -186m & 4h | +601m / -286m
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.
From Roncesvalles to Zubiri – 20 km
6h | +234m / -329m
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.
From Zubiri to Pamplona – 20 km
6h | +234m / -329m
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’.
6h | +234m / -329m
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 Services from Roncesvalles
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.
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.