Traversing across northern Spain, the Camino de Santiago Francés is a 937km hiking trek from St. Jean Pied de Port in the east to Faro de Fisterra in the west. There is a slightly shortened tourist route from Roncesvalles in the east to Santiago de Compostela in the west. The full route has over 18,700m of ascent and 17,800m of descent. The popular and scenic route first traverses a portion of the Pyrennes before entering farmlands and rolling plains. Along the way, it passes through several historic villages and cities with many historic monuments, monasteries and cathedrals to explore.
There are many Camino de Santiago routes throughout Europe, but this Camino de Santiago Frances is by far the most famous route. Also known as the “Way Of Saint James” or the “French Way”, the Camino de Santiago Frances is part of a historical network of ancient pilgrim routes across Europe leading to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. This multi-week trek is typically broken into 30+ stages and is completed in about 35 days for most hikers. There are about 100,000 walkers annually. The route is well-marked and most hikers don’t even carry maps. There are numerous hostels or albergues found throughout the length of the Camino de Santiago.
Overall, El Camino de Santiago Frances is the 9th most popular hiking trail of all 21 hikes in Spain.