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The Camino de Santiago Frances, also known as the French Way are the designations of the pilgrimage routes starting in France and finishing at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in the center of Galicia. Legend has it that the remains of the Saint Apostle Santiago are buried there. Every spring and summer, many people follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups. The French Way (Camino Francés) and the Routes of Northern Spain are the courses which are listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. The full trail can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/spain/palencia/camino-de-santiago-frances

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This was a more leisurely walk up a long, but very gradual incline. The trail is in good condition. Weather good, but some rain at the end. There were several small, very neat towns along the way to get a rest, a snack or use the facilities. Finally off the meseta, there were trees and a couple of deer. It was a welcome change of landscape. Got a pilgrims blessing from a Benedictine monk at an 11th century church built by the Templars. Very few people on the trail today, but met 2 nurses from New Zealand at dinner. Tomorrow will be a long one. Headed to the Iron Cross in the am, then on to Ponferrada.

Randy Fix
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Easy day out of Burgos. Have coffee in Tardajos. Have your playlist ready since you’ll be lucky to see sheep. 5 Stars cuz you are the Camino.

Ginny Molleur
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Just finished this stage of the Camino. It was very enjoyable-despite a few days of rain. Mostly up and down , some pavement, some old country roads. Beautiful countryside, farm animals, small villages, old stone walls and fabulous knotty old trees. Wonderful.

Randy Fix
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Hiking

Easy day on wide, well maintained gravel (For most of the trek) pathway. Recommend leaving Nájera early to have breakfast in Azorfa

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Randy Fix
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Hiking

You are the Camino, enjoy. An easy stage.

Randy Fix
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Hiking

You are a Pilgrim on the Camino. Enjoy. There’s wine waiting for you in Pamplona.

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Leon Tweebeeke
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Teresa Morales Muñoz
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Hiking

Menos bonito a nivel de pasaije

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Teresa Morales Muñoz
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Hiking

Muy fácil y cómodo

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Paul Truzzi
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Hiking

Fog all day

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Teresa Morales Muñoz
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Hiking

Recomendado para niños

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Paul Truzzi
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Hiking

great day, wonderful views

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Paul Truzzi
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Hiking

Terrible, litter-strewn, industrial / wearhouse section leaving Leon. TAKE A BUS!! Save your soul.

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Paul Truzzi
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Flat

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John S.
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Paul Truzzi
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Mindy King
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first 8 or so kilometers get pretty intense uphill, along with other similar sections, but the hardest part on the feet was actually the way down, even the alternate path/road was tough on the feet/knees. Most of the way up was in the clouds/thick fog which was so thick you could only hear the cows/sheep/horses on the hillside even though they were 20 feet from you. The view once you cleared the clouds made it worth it! intense start to the Camino!

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barry hicks
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Hiking

Pretty spectacular whether you walk or cycle you won't be disappointed as the scenery is wonderful

Liam Mulcahy
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no taps

Jorge Calvo
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

So I split this hike into two days. Day one out of SJPP, I stopped at Refuge Orisson (approx 5.9 miles). The last few KM’s were brutal. Significant grade (81 flights climbing). Day two to Roncesvalles was also tough. Walked in snow for a good part of the day. A 12.2 mile hike, also with significant grades. Overall, I would say this is a strenuous hike for the novice, like me. Amazing experience, but buyer beware.

Benjamin Baron
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Benjamin Baron
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Benjamin Baron
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Ron Wiley
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Alfonso Victoria
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