This Camino Frances Map is a handy visual representation of the most famous route on the Camino de Santiago. The Camino Frances or French Way is well known from many films, books and documentaries.The French Way or Camino Francés is the most famous and popular Camino de Santiago route, attracting nearly 70% of all Camino pilgrims. Starting in St Jean Pied de Port, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the Camino Frances makes its way across Northern Spain taking pilgrims all the way to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia, and its spectacular cathedral. The vineyards of La Rioja, Burgos Cathedral, Ponferrada Castle and the mountains of O Cebreiro are some of the most magnificent sights along this epic 800-km Camino route.
Camino Frances Map
It should take just over a month to complete the whole Camino Frances route on foot but you can also choose to start at different points along the way. The most popular starting points on the French Way are: Sarria, St Jean Pied de Port, Leon, O Cebreiro and Ponferrada. You can also cycle the Camino Francés in 15 days. Click on the green pins to see our Camino highlights.
Highlights of The Camino Frances
The Camino Frances Map highlights some of the key stages on the full route. Here are some of the highlights you can see:
After you leave St Jean Pied de Port you will walk across the Pyrenees Mountains. This is the most challenging section of the Camino Frances but also one of the most beautiful. The views are worth the effort of the climbs.
Most people will know Pamploma from the famous San Fermin festival which includes the ‘running from the bulls’. The city itself is well worth a visit even outside of festival time with colourful streets, friendly locals and delicious pinxtos.
This is one for the wine lovers out there. Around Logrono you will find the Rioja Region where you will be surrounded by vineyards.
Burgos is home to one of the most magnificent Cathedrals in Spain. This is a great warm up for a trip to Santiago!
Leon is another town with a gorgeous cathedral, famed for its Gothic architecture and magnificent stained-glass windows. Enjoy dinner in the old town followed by a glass of local wine or beer.
This spot Is unique due to its circular granite homes with thatched rooved. You will be nearing the end of your Camino at this point and you are reminded of all of the footsteps that will have passed this town throughout history.
Santiago de Compostela
This is the last stop on the Camino Frances. Marvel at the atmosphere in front of the famous cathedral and spend some time exploring the walled streets of the old town. Santiago is one of the prettiest cities in Europe!