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Walking33 Stages / 764 km
French Way Stages by Bike14 Stages / 741 km
|Saint Jean Pied de Port – Roncesvalles
|Roncesvalles – Pamplona
|Pamplona – Estella
|Estella – Logroño
|Logroño – Santo Domingo de la Calzada
|Santo Domingo de la Calzada – Burgos
|Burgos – Carrión de los Condes
|Carrión de los Condes – León
|León – Astorga
|Astorga – Ponferrada
|Ponferrada – O Cebreiro
|O Cebreiro – Portomarín
|Portomarín – Arzúa
|Arzúa – Santiago de Compostela
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Frequently asked questions about the French Way
If your goal is to get the Compostela, you must walk at least the last 100 km of the Camino, in the case of this route the starting point would be the town of Sarria. However, if you do the Camino by bike, the minimum distance is 200 km, which would take you to start from Ponferrada.
Along the French route you will pass through a large number of towns, each with its own charm. However, there are a number of villages that make pilgrims fall in love with them as they pass, these are: Burgos, Ponferrada, O Cebreiro o Portomarín, entre otros.
764 km make up this route, so there will be many landscapes that you will be able to see during the pilgrimage, among them are: the Meseta, before arriving in Burgos, the Romanesque bridge of Puente la Reina, the Cathedrals of León and Burgos…
The French Way is the best known route in the world due to its relevance during Medieval Europe. Two factors influenced its development: its connection with the rest of Europe and its appearance in the form of a Guide in the Codex Calixtinus. Another curiosity is that of Father Elías Valiña who, using paint left over from some lorry drivers, marked the route of the French Way with the yellow signs so characteristic of the Jacobean route nowadays.