The Camino Frances Map & Additional Info
Distance: Approx. 815 km.
Landscape: The pilgrim passes through different types of compellingly beautiful scenery; rural countryside, mountains, flat meseta and pretty hilly areas. In parts of the journey there is some road walking, though pathways are set near to the highway rather than on them. In some instances there is an option of a longer scenic route if you prefer not to take the shorter highway route.
Duration: Normally takes from 4-eight weeks depending on your chosen pace, or your fitness levels
Route: When starting at St. Jean Pied de Port, the route travels over the Pyrenees for approx 26 km into Roncesvalles in Spain. From here, you will pass through many tiny hamlets and small towns. Major towns en-route include Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela.
Sign-Posting: The route is easy to follow and very well sign-posted. Yellow arrows are painted on the sides of buildings, on lamp-posts, on the roads, on trees, rocks and bridges. In many of the large towns, there are bronze scallop shells laid into the concrete to help pilgrims find their way out of the concrete jungle of buildings and highways. In addition, there are designated Camino de Santiago sign-posts to point the way.
Accommodation: There is plenty of accommodation along this route; there are budget-friendly albergues and hostels, as well as more expensive hotels if you feel like indulging yourself from time to time. As this is a busy route from May to September, there is often a rush to the albergues, and hostels and hotels often need to be booked in advance. A few of the private albergues will not mind if pilgrims make bookings, but many (especially the municipals) operate on a 'first-come-first-served' basis.
Best Time of Year to Walk: That depends on your preferences, though you must remember that in the winter months, many of the albergues will be closed, and not many pilgrims will be around. See the link below for general weather conditions at certain times of the year. This should help you plan your trip.
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