Full Length Camino – St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago
A 'bucket list' experience you will never forget!
The French Way or Camino Francés is the most popular of the many pathways leading to the historical and spiritual city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino de Santiago is an inspirational pilgrimage through traditional and modern France, Spain and Portugal to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain.
Spanning almost 800km across rural Spain, this is the most well known Camino de Santiago route; and as you’d expect, it offers an enormous variety of landscapes, terrain and culture. This Camino route is not particularly strenuous overall, but you’ll need physical and mental stamina. It can take 40+ days to walk the full Camino.
It is an incredible journey that will immerse you not only in Spain's grand history, food and culture but most importantly the extraordinary camaraderie that exists along this route.
People today choose the Camino de Santiago as a personal gift of time. To connect with their dreams, beliefs and values, to be in nature, to find inner strength and wisdom, or simply to travel slowly through fascinating landscapes and cultures.
The spirit of the Camino de Santiago is alive and well among people from all over the world.
More people travel with RAW Travel to the Camino than any other operator in Australia and NZ. We take care of all the details: accommodation, luggage transfers, maps, breakfasts and transport. You can just relax and concentrate on your Camino knowing you have a secure booking each night with luggage transfers, so all you carry is your daypack.
Unlike our competition we don't outsource your trip so we maintain full quality control over your experience. We also have our own ground managers in-country at key points along the Camino to give you any assistance you might need it. You can't beat having local back-up on your Camino when you need it.
Flexibility is at the heart of our offer. We listen to what you want and tailor the daily walking distances to your ability and timeframes, giving you the experience you want. We can vary the length of stages and find the accommodation that best suits your individual needs and budget.
We book all our arrangements directly and with our long-standing relationships with hotels, you'll be well looked after. You will stay in authentic, quality local accommodation from grand Parador hotels to charming casa rurales. We have chosen the most interesting and centrally located lodgings right along the Camino route.
Click on each of the trail points to read about each destination.
The legendary city of Santiago is the reason why the Camino exists, being the resting place for the bones of St James in the magnificent Cathedral's crypt. It is a lively and captivating city that draws visitors from all over Spain as well as crowds of arriving pilgrims at the end of their journey. Spend a few days to fully enjoy this gem of a city.
Two mountain ranges punctuate the middle to latter sections of the Camino and the pass of the first is marked by the symbolic Cruz de Ferro (Iron cross) the highest point of the route at 1540m. The valley in between these two ranges includes many pilgrims' favourite towns, including Molinseca, Ponferrada and Villafranca de Bierzo. When you then climb steeply to the small hamlet of O'Cebreiro, you will have crossed into Celtic Galicia, the final province.
The wide open expanses of the Meseta typify the middle of Spain – a large open elevated plateau. Walking here offers solitude and a feeling of liberation, with small historical towns and villages along the way that are dependent on the foot traffic of the Camino as their lifeline. The Meseta covers around 200km from Burgos to Astorga.
León is the biggest city along the Camino and, being the capital of Castile, it offers a vibrant taste of modern Spain. This wonderful city combines stunning historical architecture with an irresistible energy. It is a fine place to relax – enjoy the many cafes, shops and bars. León's standout attraction is its cathedral – one of the most beautiful in all Spain. As a transport hub, this city is also well connected to the rest of Spain.
The cultural capital of the Basque region is a beautiful compact city of atmospheric, cobbled lanes made famous by the annual running of the bulls in the San Fermin festival. It has fascinating museums and a grand cathedral, and its vibrant eating and drinking scene was the hang out for Ernest Hemingway when he wrote The Sun Also Rises. It's a great place to start your trip or take a rest day after crossing the Pyrenees.
Although really only a day's walk, the stage of the Camino through the Pyrenees is not to be missed. The Napoleon route, as the name suggests, was used by invading armies to traverse this famous mountain range. The Basque mountain town of St Jean de Pied Port is the traditional starting point and a charming town in its own right. Beautiful mountain views and the bon homie of the departing walkers make this an exciting start to your Camino adventure.
View our exclusive and detailed destination guide on the Camino de Santiago walk.
We have a dedicated Camino Team, including our own staff in Spain who have first-hand knowledge of the Camino routes, so when you call us you will speak to an expert!