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Camino de Santiago: the Camino Francés

Camino de Santiago: the Camino Francés
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Camino de Santiago: the Camino Francés

The Camino de Santiago has one of the best hostel networks and makes it one of the most popular of all the existing ones, despite the 31 legs.

The French Way of 775 kilometres unites towns of Saint Jean Pied de Port and Santiago. It was recuperated in 1971 and has signals on the whole path, with 112 hostels and 4 shelters.

It is the longest 750km route that unites Europe with the north of Spain: Aragon, Navarra, Rioja, Castilla, Leon y Galicia and ends at the medieval men “End of the world”. 

The Camino de Santiago is commonly known as the French way or Royal way that comes from Somport (Aragon way) or Roncesvalles (Navarra way). Both ways unite in the hermitage of San Salvador in the Obanos town “where the paths make one”, and not in the Queens Bridge like it is said. Having said this, there are many other “Caminos”. You can learn abouit the different itineraries to enjoy el Camino de Santiago.

The Aragon way is 170km long and passes through the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza and Navarra until its union with the Navarra way, forming this way the French way.

These routes are extraordinarily beautiful because of the scenery and the sensation of loneliness and liberty that comes with it. Also, the longs legs of the path lets you fully enjoy the pilgrimage. 

It is full of history and romanticism. The only inconvenient is that are very little people that live is the towns that you will pass through, which makes you plan your walk correctly to make it more attractive. 

Little paths like this one keeps their original feel.

The French way is the path that came a few years after the appearance of the Apostol’s Body and it was converted in the Xth century in the main pole that consolidated the Empire of Alfonso VI and Alfonso VII, which permitted the normalization of the cult brought by the Cluniac’s facing the Spanish Mozarabic church.

It is a big commercial route that founds and makes cities grow: Jaca, Pamplona, Logono, Burgos, Carrion de los Condes, Leon, Astorga, etc. Most importantly, is it a big spiritual path, popularized by the Calixtinus de Aymeric Picaud Cortex, that attracted millions of pilgrims during the Middle Ages, even though during the Renaissance, the French way suffered a large decline, until almost erasing itself in the midst of time.

The French way is composed of 31 legs that go from the first 22km of adaptation days to 38km that make up the last leg of the arrival to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

You can find more information about El Camino, its history and preparation in the following articles or on our El Camino the santiago guide