Shell motif Camino de Santiago

Camino Francés
from St Jean-Pied-du-Port
to Santiago de Compostela

Shell motif
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See our new poster with all the waymarks of the Camino!

Also new Flowers of the Camino page, with larger images if you are able to help us identify what they are!
The Camino Frances from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela
(769 km = 480 miles)

Übersetzung aus dem Englischen von Verena Moser.
  • This website is intended to complement the many excellent books, maps, and guides available commercially or through the national Confraternities listed in our links page
  • We hope that this site will be useful to those considering walking the Camino, to show them the conditions they can expect to encounter and the standards of the refugios. Please tell us if you have found it helpful in this way.
  • We also hope that it will be a useful reminder to those who have, like us, walked the Camino in the past. Please tell us
  • The first 7 pages of this site were posted in April 2002, and the last of the 30 pages covering the whole of the Camino Francés from St-Jean-Pied-du-Port to Santiago de Compostela were posted in mid-September 2002. Our future plans include translations into other languages, an additional page about the extension to Finsitere, and a page about the City of Santiago de Compostela.
  • If you would be interested in taking the digital photographs for any other parts of the Camino in France or Spain, please get in touch by Email
    We would welcome your feedback - particularly if you can identify any of the flowers I was keen to photograph but hopeless at naming.
  • We are most grateful to Verena Moser for starting to translate our pages into German to Mila Torndahl for the Swedish pages , to John Butt who translated all of the pages into Spanish in under a month, and to Gilles Franqueville for the first French page. - these pages are indicated with a link in the list below. if you would like to help in translations to Spanish, French or any other language, please let us know
  • Buen camino to all our visitors - and please don't forget to register when you have reached Santiago!

The route         Waymarking         Packing list         Equipment notes        

The route divided into stages
The division of the route is purely arbitrary, though for most people it is constrained by the location of the refugios, whether they want to use the opportunities for sightseeing, particularly in the big cities., and whether they want rest days or half rest days. For example, there are no refugios between St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Roncesvalles, so you cannot do a lesser distance, and few people are inclined to do more! Pamplona, Burgos and Leon all have enough sights to fill several days if you have the time.

Stage 1 25 km - 58 pictures
Stage 2 26 km - 76 pictures
Stage 3 15 km (to allow sightseeing
in Pamplona) - 36 pictures
Stage 4 25 km - 40 pictures
Puente la Reina
Stage 5 21 km - 24 pictures
Stage 6 22 km - 22 pictures
Torres del Rio
Stage 7 21 km - 28 pictures
Stage 8 29 km (+40 km detour
to Clavijo) - 44 pictures
Stage 9 21 km (plus a 40 km.
side trip to Yuso and Cañas
monasteries)- 28 pictures
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Stage 10 23 km - 23 pictures
Stage 11 24 km - 29 pictures
San Juan de Ortega
Stage 12 27 km - 24 pictures
Stage 13 39 km - 30 pictures
Stage 14 25 km - 28 pictures
Stage 15 19 km - 20 pictures
Carrión de las Condes
Stage 16 38 km - 30 pictures
Stage 17 18 km - 10 pictures
El Burgo Raneros
Stage 18 19 km - 10 pictures
Mansilla de las Mulas
Stage 19 17 km - 16 pictures
Stage 20 22 km - 12 pictures
Stage 21 26 km - 34 pictures
Stage 22 21 km - 32 pictures
Rabanal del Camino
Stage 23 33 km - 50 pictures
Stage 24 23 km - 38 pictures
Villafranco del Bierzo
Stage 25 28 km - 65 pictures
O Cebreiro
Stage 26 39 km - 29 pictures
Stage 27 21 km - 46 pictures
Stage 28 24 km - 36 pictures
Palas de Rei
Stage 29 29 km - 42pictures
Stage 30 39 km - 42 pictures
Santiago de Compostela
Page 31 42 pictures
The extension to Finisterre
Page 32 48 pictures
The city of Santiago de Compostela

The waymarking along the route is, in general, extremely good. In France, the route from St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port is part of the long-distance GR65 footpath, and is marked by the red and white flash of the GR network. There are separate red and white to indicate changes of direction, and a red line crossed with a white one to indicate that you have taken the wrong turning. In Spain, the official mark is the stylised scallop shell on a blue background, which is often placed on the walls of houses well above eye level to indicate the route through villages and towns. In open country, one frequently encounters these signs are often found embedded in small concrete pillars. There are also signboards with this mark at the top, a pedestrian sign in the middle, and a direction arrow at the bottom; these are much used at road crossings. The red and white GR flashes are also found from time to time in Spain. However, the most common mark is a yellow arrow, which may be painted on trees, rocks, kerbstones, storm water gutters etc. Sometimes a yellow stripe is painted on trees as a continuation marker for reassurance. Some other waymarks incorporating the scallop shell can be found in the photographs.

Waymarking can never be perfect - logging operations appeared to have removed all the marks at two points on this trip, though it was reasonably obvious which way the path continued.

For pictures of many of the different varieties of waymarks, please visit our waymarks page
Packing list
When I got to Puenta la Reina after 5 days with brilliant sunshine and no rain, I came to the conclusion that I was carrying far too much weight on my back. So I left the items starred below to pick up on the way back. And I found that, with a lighter back, I could walk about .5km/hour faster, and a lot more comfortably. So I drew the conclusion that, for my next section of the Camino, I would be much more rigorous about what I took with me, excluding everything which "might be useful" and especially cutting down on the weight of sweaters and books. The total weight of rucksack and contents on return to England was 11.3 kg (nearly 25 lb) divided as follows:
Item Weight (gr) Item Weight (gr)
camera 384 talcum, Vaseline, plasters, toothbrush 356
space camera and film 400 medicines 16
mobile telephone 158 pillow 212
alarm clock 54 sleeping bag 2050
binoculars, dark glasses 442 cagoule (poncho) 278
keys 102 waterproof trousers 324
English money 74 stick 318
Money belt/passport etc 36 thin balaclava and thin gloves 78
Union Jack 28 water bottle carrier 42
Clothes left behind in P las R 1640 hat 208
thick gloves 144 towel 154
thick balaclava 84 slipper socks 114
papers left in P las R 200 spare Tshirt, pants, 2 socks 366
books left in P las R 310 thermal underwear 195
2 spare torches 136 sweater 404
pocket knife 56 dried apricots 250
Illuminated magnifying glass 150 miscellaneous papers 980
3 tubes of mints 148
plus trousers shirt sweater pants and socks on me

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