The Camino Frances from St Jean is the first stage of the Camino Francés, the French Way. It 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!
This is a 67 Km route and is rated by us as a medium to challenging hiking route.
It is a 4-night trip and you will walk over 3 days. On day 1, you will walk for 25 Km, on day 2 you will walk for 21 Km and on Day 3 you have a walk for another 21 Km.
If you are traveling in July, you might be able to catch the world-famous San Fermín running of the bulls festival in Pamplona. Unfortunately, this festival has been canceled in 2020 but we hope to see it reopen again in 2021.
Along the Camino Francés route, you will meet fellow pilgrims from all over the world, as the Camino Frances from 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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