Shell motif Camino de Santiago

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

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Our pages on the Camino Francés

Our pages on the Camino Francés were originally posted in 2002. The development of the Picture Pages of the Camino at since 2004 has been assisted by the Xunta de Galicia and by the Spanish Tourist Office in London.. We express our gratitude to them for this support.


Map of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain
  • The division of the route of the Camino Francés into stages 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.
  • 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 translating many of our pages into German , to John Butt who translated all of the pages into Spanish in under a month, to Hideko Suzuki for the many Japanese pages , to Mila Torndahl for the Swedish pages , to Gilles Franqueville and Laure Castillou for the first French pages and to Barry Woudenberg and Arno Cuppen for the Dutch pages - please click on the links at the head of this page to access these. If you would like to help in translations to French, Italian, Dutch 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 CSJ Pilgrim Guide and other guidebooks are available from the Confraternity of St. James bookshop

The stages of the Camino Francés
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
Villafranca 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
This page has had     visitors including yourself since its major revision on 15 November 2004. Thank you for your visit - please come again!