The small village of Roncesvalles is considered the first stop on the Jacobean route in Spain and the starting point for thousands of pilgrims on their way to Compostela.

The section of the French Route from Roncesvalles to Logroño is characterized by its beautiful Pyrenean mountain scenery; native forests and natural environments of great beauty, which will gradually transform into the landscape of vineyards so characteristic of La Rioja.

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Travel Itinerary

Roncesvalles has historically been considered the first stop on the Iberian Peninsula for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. Located in a beautiful enclave at the foot of the port of Ibañeza, it was also a passageway for Celts, barbarians, Goths and even King Charlemagne. Home of deeds, battles and songs. A village that is a living memory of the passage and tradition of the Way of St. James, and that since the Middle Ages has given refuge and rest to countless pilgrims and personalities.

If you have decided to start your French Way from here, you can enjoy a wonderful day strolling through its cobbled streets and visiting its most emblematic buildings, such as the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María, the Chapel of San Agustín or the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. A fairytale setting that preserves the purest Jacobean essence!

We start the first stage of the French Way from Roncesvalles to Logroño! During the day you will descend from the Pyrenees to approach the valley in which the city of Pamplona is located. A day in which you will cross forests, meadows and small typical Pyrenean villages that serve the walkers. This is a stage marked by medium difficulty slopes, such as the ascent to the Mezkiritz and Erro passes, or the steep descent to Zubiri, in which we recommend caution to avoid hurting your knees and ankles.

Zubiri is a small village in Navarre where you can appreciate the typical buildings of the area. Situated in a privileged natural environment, its most distinctive monument is the bridge of the Rabia, Romanesque style dating from the twelfth century. This bridge is so called because, according to legend, if an animal was sick and passed under the arches of the bridge, it was miraculously cured.

Today you will leave the Esteribar Valley, a very easy 20-kilometre stage, with few steep slopes and few dangerous sections, so we recommend you take it easy and enjoy the great beauty of its corners. On arrival, as a fantastic reward, you will be able to enjoy the capital of Navarre, lose yourself in its beautiful historic centre and let yourself be seduced by its impressive gastronomic offer.

Pamplona (Iruña) is a city that still preserves its medieval defensive walls. In fact, this walled complex has been declared a National Monument. Inside, the Cathedral of Santa Maria is perhaps its most dazzling artistic building, a Gothic jewel hidden behind a neoclassical façade. After strolling through its historic streets and visiting countless monuments, you should try the famous local cuisine, in the form of pintxos (tapas). And if you happen to be in town during the second week of July, get ready to experience the great San Fermines festival!

The main challenge of this stage is the ascent to the Alto del Perdón, whose ascent of just over 2 kilometres can be particularly tough. Once you reach the top, you will realize why it is one of the most famous and photographed points of the Camino de Santiago. Not only for the views but also for the curious sculpture representing a family of pilgrims in the Middle Ages.

Then, the descent of the pass is considered one of the critical points of the French Way, due to the steep slope and the unevenness of the terrain, which can cause falls and injuries, so extreme caution should be taken. After overcoming this stretch, the rest of the itinerary has no major complications until you reach Puente La Reina, which owes its name to the bridge that was built so that pilgrims could cross the waters of the River Arga.

Puente la Reina (Gares) is a small medieval village where you can discover religious constructions resulting from the influence of St. James, such as the Church of the Crucifix, the Church of Santiago or the Church of San Pedro. However, it is the Roman bridge, to which it owes its name, that will impress you the most. This bridge is one of the most imposing and majestic examples of Romanesque style of the Jacobean route.

During this stage, you will start the route leaving Puente la Reina through paths that run between fields. At some points, you will walk along the few well-preserved fragments of the ancient Roman road that guided the route to Santiago de Compostela. Although the route of this day is considered to be of great beauty, it is also known as a “leg-breaker”, due to its significant climbs and descents, such as the Alto de Cirauqui (Zirauki), a town that emerges on a rocky hill and has two splendid churches. After the ascent, the descent to Estella, the end of the stage, will follow.

Estella (Lizarra) is a town bathed by the river Ega, which has its origins in the cultural convergence of the Way of St. James and the Jewish quarter. Curious is its salt water spring, considered of therapeutic properties, which we recommend you to visit to rest after the day. Once you have rested, you can’t miss the chance to wander through the narrow streets of its historical area and discover its magnificent monuments, such as the Palace of the Kings of Navarre or the Church of San Pedro de la Rúa. The monk Aymeric Picaud stated in the 11th century that “Estella is a city of good bread, excellent wine, plenty of meat and fish and all kinds of happiness”.

This stage is characterized by loneliness and the absence of services, so sometimes it can be a challenge for the pilgrim. Although the distance is short, the route has continuous ups and downs that require more effort. At the beginning of the route you will be presented with a choice: go straight on towards Azqueta or turn off to the left towards the Monastery of Santa María La Real de Irache; we recommend you always take the second option to pass by the famous wine fountain, from which wine and water flow. The last stretch of the stage until you reach Los Arcos is a long walk of three hours along paths that, although well signposted, are somewhat monotonous. Once in Los Arcos, a fountain will welcome you at the entrance of the village to help you catch your breath before the end of the stage.

The Jacobean village of Los Arcos has several important monuments, both civil and religious. You can take a journey through history, strolling along its main street, with its emblazoned houses, and visiting the ruins of its medieval castle or the Roman remains that are still preserved. As far as religious monuments are concerned, the church of Santa María, built in the 12th century, of Romanesque construction to which later elements of later styles were added, stands out.

After five days walking through Navarre, it is now La Rioja that takes the baton of your Camino. A stage that, although long, will be easy and comfortable, as it passes through vineyards and monumental cities. You will admire the beauty of the countryside of Navarre, passing through historic villages such as Viana, with its fortified town centre full of mansions and small palaces, or small medieval villages such as Torres del Río. On the last stretch you will leave the forest tracks to finally reach the capital of La Rioja, Logroño.

It is a real pleasure to be able to lose yourself in the streets of the historic centre of Logroño and visit, among other important buildings, the Co-cathedral of Santa María la Redonda and its town halls. The affable and hospitable nature of the people of La Rioja makes Logroño the perfect place to enjoy a good afternoon of leisure and gastronomy. You can’t leave without visiting one of the most emblematic places in the city: the Café Moderno; and strolling along the Calle del Laurel, also known as the Elephant Route because of the possibilities of emerging “trunk” from within its walls. For wine lovers, a visit to the wine cellars in Ruavieja is a must.

Congratulations! You have completed your French Way from Roncesvalles to Logroño. Remember that you can add as many extra nights as you wish at the end of your Camino. Logroño has a lot to show you and a single day is not always enough to get to know the charms of the city!

And if you are still hungry for more, we suggest you extend your trip five more stages until you reach the wonderful city of Burgos.

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Type of accommodation

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Services included

8 days / 7 nights accommodation8 days / 7 nights accommodation
Luggage transfer during the stagesLuggage transfer during the stages
Complete documentationComplete documentation
Pilgrim’s CredentialPilgrim’s Credential
24 hour emergency telephone assistance24 hour emergency telephone assistance
Travel insuranceTravel insurance

Optional Services

ServiceIn private hostels from Roncesvalles to LogroñoIn hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Roncesvalles to Logroño
BreakfastBreakfastConsult45€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner)MP (Breakfast and dinner)Consult145€ per person
Supplement for single roomSupplement for single roomConsult120€ per single room
Extra nightExtra night25€ per person65€ (sing. room) / 80€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Pamplona to RoncesvallesTransfer from Pamplona to Roncesvalles180€ (4-seater vehicle)180€ (4-seater vehicle)
Breakfast Breakfast
In private hostels from Roncesvalles to Logroño Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Roncesvalles to Logroño 45€ per person
MP (Breakfast and dinner) MP (Breakfast and dinner)
In private hostels from Roncesvalles to Logroño Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Roncesvalles to Logroño 145€ per person
Supplement for single room Supplement for single room
In private hostels from Roncesvalles to Logroño Consult
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Roncesvalles to Logroño 120€ per single room
Extra night Extra night
In private hostels from Roncesvalles to Logroño 25€ per person
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Roncesvalles to Logroño 65€ (sing. room) / 80€ (doub. room)
Transfer from Pamplona to Roncesvalles Transfer from Pamplona to Roncesvalles
In private hostels from Roncesvalles to Logroño 180€ (4-seater vehicle)
In hotels, guesthouses and rural houses from Roncesvalles to Logroño 180€ (4-seater vehicle)

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Frequently Asked Questions

In this modality you will do the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and you will only have to worry about choosing the route you like the most, the type of accommodation and your departure date. If you choose this option you will travel alone or with the people that appear in your reservation, and you will have all the services included so that you only have to worry about walking and enjoying the experience.
The Way of Saint James on your own includes the following services
  • Accommodation
  • Luggage transport
  • Dossier with information about the stages
  • Pilgrim's credential
  • 24-hour helpline
  • Travel insurance
In addition, you can customize your trip by adding the following optional services
  • Breakfast or half board
  • Private transfers to the start of the stage from Santiago de Compostela or from the airport.
  • Extra night at the beginning or end of the stage
Unlike the group trips, no bus service, guide or support vehicle is included between stages. But you will have a 24-hour hotline where you can contact us in case of any problem or unforeseen event, which we will solve quickly.
Yes, you will have total freedom to choose your departure date. However, if you want to do your Camino de Santiago in the months of December, January and February, we recommend that you check availability before making your reservation. At this time of year most accommodation is closed and many services may not be available.
In your travel documents, you will find the names of the accommodations assigned to you, as well as their contact telephone number and location.   As a general rule, all accommodation is located in the centre of the different towns along the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela, without the need to deviate too far from the route. But sometimes, due to lack of availability, it is possible that some accommodation may be a little far from the village or even in neighbouring towns.   For all the accommodations that are at a considerable distance from the route of the Camino, we will provide you with a free taxi service that you can use to get to your accommodation and return to the Camino the next morning.   In any case, these are exceptions that we will inform you at the time of booking.
Luggage transport service by default is included in all our trips and it is not necessary to request it. You will be able to do the Camino de Santiago without your luggage on your back with the peace of mind that your suitcase will be at your next accommodation on your arrival.   Along with your credential you will also receive stickers, which you must cover with the requested information and stick it in a visible place on your suitcase.   Once you have arrived at your accommodation, we recommend that you ask at reception where you can leave your luggage. You will have to leave your luggage at the indicated place first thing in the morning for our carrier to pick it up. This way, when you arrive at your next accommodation your luggage will already be there.
We have a taxi service that you can hire whenever you need it. You can hire it, for example, to go from the airport to the start of your Camino, or to go from Santiago to your starting point to pick up your car once you finish the stage.   The price of the transfers will depend on the distance from your point of origin to the destination. If you have any questions about this service do not hesitate to contact us.
We include a compulsory insurance with each trip that will cover you for any inconveniences that may arise during the Camino de Santiago. We will send you the insurance policy together with your travel documents.
The basic travel insurance included in our packages has a wide coverage against unforeseen events, with which you will also have guaranteed medical assistance and numerous benefits that you can consult in the General Conditions of Travel Insurance.
In your travel documents you will find an emergency telephone number where we are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This way you will travel with peace of mind knowing that one of our companions will help you to quickly solve any problem, incident or doubt that you may have along your Camino de Santiago.
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