Cities & Towns

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The Camino Frances starts in St Jean Pied de Port and finishes in Santiago de Compostela 780km later.  The towns, villages and cities that you will walk or cycle through are quite diverse and typical of Northern Spain.

Some places are great to rest in because they are quiet and other like Leon or Burgos because there is so much to see and do.

So far we have some details about the following places on  this site:

St Jean Pied de Port – this is a vibrant French town in the Pyrenees

Roncesvalles – the monastery and the pilgrim’s mass.  There is little else, Roncesvalles is tiny.

Pamplona – this is the first major city on the Camino.  Try the tapas, I think they are the best in Spain.

Burgos – this is the next major city after Pamplona, it is about 220km from Pamplona to Burgos.

Leon – this is a magnificent city.  The Camino Frances goes right by the cathedral a must for anyone.

Ponferarrada – the old castle is a must see, you will pass right by it away.  This is the last major city before Santiago 200km later.  You need to have some cash when leaving here.

Santiago de Compostela – the end of the road for most and a chance to catch up with friends made along the way.

Finisterre – many pilgrims chose to continue to walk to Finisterre, however most will go here and stay for one night and watch the sun set. It is quite beautiful and worth the bus journey if you do not walk.

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