Explore the most popular Mountain Biking trails in France with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

epic. just do it

It is a lifetime experience to walk on Camino de Santiago. You cross mountains, plains, cities, towns, dessert and finish with at the ocean.

I just downloaded it what is missing is the time of the course and the language is in English.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

As tough as this walk can be both physically and mentally, it is equally (and even more so) as rewarding. The terrain itself is not overly difficult, but the distances, day after day, can be a challenge. Make sure you know where you’ll be getting your water and pack it accordingly. Some stretches without a water source are long and the heat can be life threatening without proper hydration. Do not underestimate this!! Also, though there is not any rock climbing, the trails can be very steep and go on for km after km. Make sure your knees are strong before you begin this trek. Downhill can be a big challenge after a few days. If you decide to do this amazing challenge I wish you a BUEN CAMINO!

My first long hike.... loved it!!!

Trail community is great! Some areas could use some trail maintenance and can be busy. Still, an amazing and addictive experience.

walking
5 months ago

I walked the Camino Frances in the fall of 2015, taking seven weeks. I plan to do it again in the spring of 2019. There were good days and some not-so-good days but every day had good parts to look back on.

5 months ago

Easy walk with beautiful views
Great for a picnic and a run

Did this in 2014. It changed my life and continues to do so. Would recommend anyone to do this trek alone in its entirely. It's gifts are endless and keep on giving for years after.

The Camino is the hardest and best thing I have ever done.

I will never forget my camino, as it teaches you so many lessons. I loved how brutally honest it was... I knew I would be tested as soon as I left St. Jean Pied de Port, to climb my way up the Pyrenees Mountains. I knew it would not be physically easy, but that gave me a challenge to which I was dedicated. I was pretty confident physically, but mentally or spiritually is where I really needed the camino. Walking for that long gives you a lot of time to think about who you are and what you really want, but my pilgrimage is still not over even after I reached Santiago. I still need to walk, wander, and learn, but if there is any advice I can give you it is to always remember it is your choice whether or not to take the next step. (June 11 2018- July 5th 2018)

Books are written on this 1000 year old trail in Spain and Europe. Borrow a guide. Not wilderness, but a life pilgrimage.

Awesome experience, we did the last 100 + Km from Sarria

hiking
7 months ago

Worth every challenge along The Way. Highly recommended for anyone who’s eager to get in touch with oneself, friends you just haven’t met before and beautiful scenery in North Spain.

Trip of a lifetime.

backpacking
7 months ago

2017. End of June - July. Walked the camino with daughter. It was wonderful! Strenuous, hot, foggy, rain, perfect weather. Will do again!

Great hike! A mixture of paths and rocky terrain. It’s steep at the beginning up to Bernstein castle but then it evens out until the base of Hagastein. We did do the outlet path to Egelstein. The view from the sencond castle is beautiful. You can skip spending time at Ramstein castle...it’s mostly just a ruins and the other two are much better! The view a from the second two castles are beautiful! There is no water or trash along the route. It took us around 5 hours with a quick snack stop.

Such an amazing experience! Great way to begin long distance hiking.

Awesome

A life changing religious and spiritual experience!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Life changing trek.

hiking
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

An outstanding one of a lifetime experience, we will do it again, so much emotions, met so many folks, fortunately we had a mini version of “The Way.” Amazing!!!..

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The hills and rocks and heat in summer are all much more challenging than you might expect. The Camino Frances is also one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

A life experience.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

It’s been 2 years since we walked the Camino, and flash backs to the joy we experienced always pops into our heads. My how you enjoy experiences so much more when 3 out of 4 in our group would never have 40 years ago been around at our ages 67,68,&70 if it were not for those dedicated, skillful and confident medical doctors we have today. Thanks to all.

Monday, November 27, 2017

I, together with my grandson, hiked the Camino from St. Jean, France to Santiago in the Spring of 2016. His ability to converse in Spanish was very helpful, as we made numerous friends with Spanish hikers who did not speak English. For many, myself included, the walk carried rich religious connotations. Pilgrims have been walking the Camino by the hundreds of thousands for well over a thousand years, and numbers are only now approaching what they were in earlier centuries.

I have thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, and this is an entirely different experience, being culturally oriented rather than nature oriented. Also, no need for a tent, sleeping gear other than a sleeping bag liner, or cooking gear. Once you obtain your Pilgrim's Passport, you can stay cheaply at numerous hostels (albergues) and purchase pilgrim meals. Many hikers who lack the five weeks needed, section hike the Camino over several years. This is easy to do, as the trail bisects numerous towns with public transit, and small villages have taxi service.

Suggestions:
- learn some simple Spanish phrases, like "where is the bathroom?"
- attend a meeting of Friends of the Camino if there is a chapter nearby.
- smaller the pack the better, as one tends to fill whatever size one uses. A full pack should not exceed 10 percent of body weight.
- get John Brierley's guide book, "A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago".

Buen Camino!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

I just got home and I am stilling feeling a Camino glow! I loved the variety of terrain, walking in morning darkness, meeting kind people, viewing history on the spot, and the easy to follow trail. While it did not involve tent camping, I did carry a backpack with a sleeping bag, clothes and supplies and hiked for an average of 15 miles a day. As the terrain changed from mountains to mesas to forest we experienced hot days in the sun to cold rain while walking through clouds. I feel that this trail offers great opportunities for inner reflection as well as a practice step towards longer through hikes. Spain is beautiful and the Camino Frances is a great way to get introduced to this country.
I found the frequent coffee bars made it easy to hike without lugging a lot of food and water. The albergues (dorm-like hostels for pilgrims on the Camino) were easy to find and assured a place to shower and sleep each night. There are laundry sinks and clothes lines available at most hostel stops, some even have washers and dryers.
Medieval towns and villages dot the Camino map, where beautiful countryside is populated by cows, horses, and sheep which make an enchanted backdrop for this point-to-point hike.
Some walk days are long, flat, and hot while others (the Pyrenees Mountains, Rabanal, and O’Cebreiro) were steep and sometimes had long, rocky descents.
I loved this walk and will return...or try one of the other many Caminos there are in Europe...all leading to Santiago de Compostela.

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