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Walking the last 100 km of the French Way on foot

It is the most chosen formula by pilgrims to reach Santiago. It can be traveled in only 5 stages, fulfilling the minimum distance required to obtain the compostela.

¿Por qué recorrer los últimos 100 kilómetros del Camino Francés?

¿Por qué recorrer los últimos 100 kilómetros del Camino Francés?

Why walk the last 100 kilometers of the French Way?

The Camino de Santiago is a set of Jacobean routes that runs throughout the Peninsula with a single destination: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Of these multiple routes, it is the French Way, which is born in the Pyrenees, the most chosen route year after year by pilgrims (186,189 walkers, 57% of the total). The French route, of medieval origins, is one of the longest of all the Jacobean routes: it is divided into 31 stages that run through 7 different provinces during 760 km and has two variants (Roncesvalles and Somport) that merge in the Navarre town of Queen's Bridge.

This route attracts all types of travelers every season; some run through it from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (almost 800 km) and others from intermediate points such as León or Astorga; although without a doubt, the most chosen starting point of all is Sarria, in Lugo. From this town you can complete the French Way to Santiago de Compostela in just 5 stages, complying with the requirement of a minimum of 100 km walked to obtain the compostela, a certificate delivered upon arrival at the Cathedral of Santiago, ending our trip. In this way, 5 days are spent walking an average of 22 km per day, a fairly acceptable distance.

Many pilgrims decide to travel this symbolic distance for several reasons: for making a first contact with the Camino de Santiago (a kind of "baptism" as pilgrims), for having only one free week to travel and travel, for having doubts with our state of form, for traveling as a family with the little ones ... Although we recommend extending our journey to live a more complete Jacobean experience, traveling for the first time the last 100 kilometers of the Camino de Santiago can become a very positive experience that we Encourage him to go back to it later.

Peregrinos en Arzúa / Fotografía de Paco Rodríguez

Peregrinos en Arzúa / Fotografía de Paco Rodríguez

Not only can you travel the last 100 km of the French Way to Santiago to get the compostela, you can also use the same formula with the Portuguese Way (from Tui), Primitive Way (from Lugo), Northern Way (from Baamonde) or the English Way (from Ferrol). All these starting points located in Galicia are 100 km or more from Santiago; starting from all of them we will not find problems of services, accommodations or signaling (quite the opposite), because we are talking about the busiest routes of the Camino de Santiago and where more pilgrims are concentrated. The French Way, especially in its last 100 km, is the route that brings together the most services, although in the high season nothing will free us from the frequent crowds of pilgrims.

Below you will find a list of the five final stages of the French Way; If you need detailed information about the route and what you will find in them, click on their links.

Stages of the French Way (from Sarria to Santiago)

  • Sarria - Portomartín stage (21.6 km)
  • Portomartin - Palas stage (25 km)
  • Palas - Arzúa stage (28.8 km)
  • Arzúa - Pedrouzo stage (18 km)
  • Pedrouzo - Santiago stage (20 km)
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