The first stage of the Camino Francés, the French Way, starts in the pretty walled town of St Jean Pied de Port in the French Basque Country and takes pilgrims across the Pyrenees, into the city of Pamplona and finally to the picturesque medieval town of Estella Lizarra.
This is one of the most challenging stretches of the Camino de Santiago but also one of the most spectacular ones, particularly if you take the ‘Napoleon Route‘ over the Roncesvalles Pass (1450m). The views of the Pyrenees are definitely worth the effort!
If you are travelling in July, you might be able to catch the world famous San Fermín running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.
Along the Camino Francés route, you will meet fellow pilgrims from all over the world, as St Jean is one of the most popular Camino starting points.
This trip is also available as a guided tour, see: Camino Frances Pyrenees Guided.
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