Camino de Santiago
Attracting pilgrims from all over the world, the exhilarating hike known as “The French Way” or “Camino Frances” of the Camino de Santiago trail is at once a rigorous workout and breathtaking getaway. Spanning four countries, hikers are presented with a certificate upon completion. The France to Spain trek leads off with a climb of the French Pyrenees from St. Jean Pied de Port before weaving along the countryside and its villages into Spain for an overnight stop in Roncesvalles with its white houses and Basque culture.
The hike continues through some of Spain’s larger cities like Pamplona where rambling along busy highways can prove challenging for even the most experienced hiker. The demanding trek grows in intensity when passing through Burgos to traverse the 800-mm tableland of Meseta, a windy region devoid of shade. But, there’s plenty of opportunities to explore medieval neighborhoods and historic cathedrals along the way, not to mention taking a break to enjoy local cuisine of food destinations like Leon in Spain. Hikers forge on to lush landscapes in Sarria with just 100-mm to go before reaching their goal in Spain’s northwest region of Santiago de Compostela.
A guide is the wisest way to successfully navigate the ominous routes of the amazing Camino trek. Local tour companies manage 9 solid passages to Santiago and fees include accommodations, maps, transfers, and walking notes. Both groups and individual guide packages are available. Arrive at the starting point by flying into Biarritz Pays Basque Airport which is a 52 km drive from St. Pied de Port,France which marks the starting point of the Camino Francés, walking the full Camino Francés from St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees to the stunning cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia,Spain. Depart from Porto Airport,Portugal which is 228 km drive from Santiago de Compostela or take a flight from Santiago de Compostela Airport to Porto Airport or Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Porto via Qatar Airways, WestJet, Air Transat, United Airlines, Lufthansa, and other popular Airlines. European Travellers can catch a direct flight from Santiago de Compostela Airport.