Our journey begins in the picturesque 13th century French village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. That is where the French Way, and our story, begins.
The village grounded by the armies of Richard the Lionheart, raised and restored shortly after by the kings of Navarre, where it stands until today–a true jewel, located in France 8km from the border of Spain. Pied de Port translated means “foot of the pass” from Pyrenean French. It was, and still is, the first stop for all pilgrims marching on The Way to Santiago de Compostela. The last chance to rest and resupply before entering the arduous 800 kilometer path.
The road leads us though the French Basque and into Spain, through the regions of Navarre, the beautiful wine regions of La Rioja, cutting through the heart of Castilla y Leon right to the evergreen forests and hills of Galicia, home to the tomb of Apostle Saint James the Great. Every year The Way sees 200,000 pilgrims who seek to explore and enrich their experience by traveling just like the pilgrims of old. Walk the path and tread the soil where millions of pilgrims, travellers, explorers, and adventurers have crossed.
They have left their footprint; it’s time you leave yours.