El Camino FrancÚs

(The French Way)

The Pilgrimage to Santiago

Today there has been a re-awakening of interest in the old pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, which is in the north western corner of the Iberian peninsula.

For most people the pilgrimage to Santiago means following a route which first of all crosses over the Pyrenees from France and then travels westward across northern Spain. The usual route goes by way of Pamplona, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Burgos, Leˇn, Ponferrada and Portomarin.
Often, the Camino forms the main street or Calle Mayor as it passes through a village which may have changed little since the middle ages.

Castrillo de los Polvazares

The Goal

In Santiago itself the great Romanesque Cathedral is now encased in 18th century splendour; but the heavily carved Romanesque "Portico de Gloria" remains to welcome the pilgrim or visitor now as in medieval times.

The View from Obradoiro Square

The Confraternity of Saint James publish a detailed

guidebook for the French Route entitled:



It can be obtained by visiting the on-line bookshop at the Confraternity Web Site

For more details of the Camino FrancÚs please visit the Confraternity's web site.

Confraternity Web Site

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Page © Eric Walker

Text © Confraternity of Saint James

Last Revised: 5/12/ 2012