Camino Frances: Stages 1-5

Walk the full Camino Frances (Way of St James) - a journey for the spirit and soul that millions of travellers complete year after year. Setting off from St Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and finishing in Santiago de Compostela, you will enjoy an incredible sense of achievement and build a wonderful camaraderie with your fellow pilgrims.

Take in varied landscapes, from the majestic Pyrenees to the lush green valleys of Galicia, to the immense plains of Sierra de Campos. And enjoy overnight stays in some of Northern Spain’s most beguiling cities including Burgos, Leon, Pamplona and Santiago. This walk is one sure to stay in your memory for a long time to come!
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Hiking trail · Aquitaine
St Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles
recommended route Difficulty difficult
Distance 24.2 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 1,372 m
Descent 594 m

Tackle a tough walk today, and follow the Camino across the Pyrenees. 

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.6 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 1,185 m
Descent 409 m

This is the low-level route from St Jean to Roncesvalles, via Valcarlos. Take this if you prefer an easier alternative to the tough first stage or ...

from Laura Paterson,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Orreaga
Roncesvalles to Akerreta
Difficulty moderate
Distance 27.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 659 m
Descent 1,069 m

From Roncesvalles, you will cross two further mountain passes before continuing through beech and oak woods alongside the River Arga to the small ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Esteribar
Akerreta to Pamplona
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 15.9 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 113 m
Descent 184 m

At first following the River Arga, today’s walk then starts to get slightly busier as you head towards Pamplona. Famous for the running of the ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Pamplona
Pamplona to Puente la Reina
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.3 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 454 m
Descent 547 m

Walk out of Pamplona to the much quieter Puente la Reina

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Puente la Reina
Puente la Reina to Estella
recommended route Difficulty easy
Distance 22.1 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 324 m
Descent 236 m

Walking through rolling farmland and vineyards will bring you to Estella. There are also a few examples of Roman roadway on this section at ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Estella
Estella to Los Arcos
Difficulty easy
Distance 20.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 323 m
Descent 296 m

Natural paths take you through oak and pine trees today as you climb towards Montjardin, before a final remote section through open country and ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Los Arcos
Los Arcos to Logrono
Difficulty moderate
Distance 27.7 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 333 m
Descent 400 m

A long section with some steep sections into the Cornava river valleys. However, this is rewarded by entering into the wine region of La Rioja, and ...

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from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Logroño
Logrono to Najera
Difficulty moderate
Distance 26.6 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 326 m
Descent 237 m

Leaving Logrono, pass through the Pantano de la Grajera, a pretty reservoir surrounded by woodland. Continue to Navarrete famous for its Rioja wine ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty moderate
Distance 21.4 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 425 m
Descent 267 m

Wide country roads through gently undulating farmland take you to Santa Domingo. The historic town of Santa Domingo is lined with medieval streets ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Santa Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado
Difficulty moderate
Distance 22.5 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 294 m
Descent 171 m

Leave Santa Domingo by the Puente del Santo bridge over the Rio Oja, and pass the 16th century Iglesia de San Juan Bautista and Iglesia de Nuestra ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Belorado
Belorado to San Juan de Ortega
Difficulty moderate
Distance 23.6 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 473 m
Descent 241 m

Continue through open countryside to Villafranca Montes de Oca, where the path starts to climb before dropping down to the remote village of St ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Barrios de Colina
San Juan de Ortega to Burgos
Difficulty moderate
Distance 25.8 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 133 m
Descent 293 m

From San Juan de Ortega, youascend the mountainous Sierra Atapuerca before  descending to Burgos where the business of the city may be a bit of a ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Burgos
Burgos to Hornillos
Difficulty easy
Distance 21.4 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 120 m
Descent 171 m

Follow crop field through the area of Meseta., ascend to Fuente de Prao and admire the views from there before descending to Hornillos.

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Hiking trail · Hornillos del Camino
Hornillos to Castrojeriz
Difficulty easy
Distance 19.6 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 178 m
Descent 195 m

Continue across the Meseta, with a brief stop in the pilgrim village of Hontanas, to the village of Castrojeriz, once one of the main stopping ...

from Minna Harshbarger,   Macs Adventure Ltd