Introduction

On the French Camino you will find five different sections, five different regions, all of them attractive by diverse history, culture, traditions and landscapes:

  • First Section: From the Navarrese Pyrenees (over 1,000 m high), with green forest and pasture land with cattle, down to the cereal fields in the Navarrese planes.
  • Second Section: Coming from the Navarrese plane you enter La Rioja (400-500 m), the most famous Spanish wine region,  you will cross through these vineyards over gentle hills.
  • Third Section: Climbing up to Montes de Oca, you enter La Meseta, the Spanish central plateau (800-900 m) and walk along flat lands full of cereal fields in a hard climate, from very hot to very cold, sometimes in just one day.
  • Fourth Section: You climb to Montes de León (over 1,500 m) the entrance of El Bierzo region (500-600 m) a broad valley surrounded by high mountains, walk across quite a flat terrain, including vineyards and rolling hills.
  • Fifth Section: You climb up to O Cebreiro (over 1,300 m) and finally reach the greenest Spanish region, Galicia. You cross these hills and mountains (300-600 m) in a continuous upward and downward motion, until your final destination, your target, Santiago de Compostela.

Why camino de santiago

Camino de Santiago is a Pilgrimage known today as the Way of St James, however, the Origins of the path are lost in time. Remains show that the Celtic people walked it 1000 years BC in search of lands’ end, the resting place of the Sun in Finisterre. Pagans walked the path in a born-again ritual on the Megalithic path following the milky way.

There are Legends of Kingdoms, Kings and Queens, battles, castles and Myths of witches and Wizards making this a culturally and spiritually rich land walked by unknown numbers before you.

These factors create the magic of the Camino; there is an energy that is difficult to put words to, something to be experienced

Crossroads has chosen the French Way as this is a traditional historical path that starts in St Jean Pied De Port and finishes for some in Santiago de Compostella and others in Finisterre known as the end of the world.

The Camino is an opportunity not only to live and breathe rich and diverse landscape from France to Spain; you will also cross the Pyrenees Mountains, enjoy the gastronomy of the land, appreciate the locals and know their ways all while meeting fellow pilgrims from every corner of the world. Sharing stories, meals, fun times and friendship and love that for some will last a lifetime.