The French Way or Traditional Way, is the Way of St James par excellence, the most well-known and popular route. Rich in history and monuments, while offering some stunning scenery, this is the path followed by pilgrims arriving from all over Europe. This Way is one of the best signposted routes and offers an extensive network of hostels and shelters.
We'd like to remind you that, for reasons of safety, from 1st November until 31st March it is mandatory to do the first stage between Saint Jean de Pied de Port and Orreaga/Roncesvalles along the western bypass that goes through Luzaide/Valcarlos and the mountain pass of Ibañeta.
Here you'll find the different stages of the French Way, broken down into days. Generally, 20-24 km are done a day, but this always depends on the physical condition of each pilgrim. However, some secondary branches are now being restored, such as the Baztan Way and the Ebro Way.
French route through Orreaga/Roncesvalles
Stage1: From Saint Jean de Pied de Port to Orreaga/Roncesvalles (24 km)
Stage 2: From Orreaga/Roncesvalles to Zubiri (22 km)
Stage 3: From Zubiri to Pamplona (20 km)
Stage 4: From Pamplona to Puente la Reina (23,5 km)
Stage 5: From Puente la Reina to Estella-Lizarra (21 km)
Stage 6: From Estella-Lizarra to Los Arcos (24 km)
Stage 7: From Los Arcos to Viana (21 km)