Pilgrims walking along on the Way of St. James, Muxia-Fisterra, Galicia, Spain

Walk the Legendary Camino Francés

Steeped in legend and surrounded by soul-stirring landscapes, the Camino Francés route is one of the most popular European thru-hikes. Spanning almost 800 kilometers (500 miles) through the pastoral Spanish countryside, this millennium-old trail pulls in thousands of people yearly.

This segment of the revered Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is a timeless spiritual odyssey fused with cultural riches. No matter how long you stay on the trail, you are sure to be rewarded with charming villages, Roman remains, lush forests — and a lifetime’s quantity of Spanish delicacies. 

All roads lead to Santiago

The Camino Francés is just one of the many walking routes in the area. A network of 8 main trails and a dozen smaller ones once served as trade routes through western Europe, all merging in Santiago de Compostela — the burial site of the Biblical apostle St. James.

Today, the trail is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular pilgrimages in Europe — but only one third of visitors walk the path for religious reasons.

Some enjoy the history, others seek solitude; some come for the challenge and stay for the wine. It is more than a mere physical journey; it is a journey of personal discovery and human connection.

  • 764 km of trails
  • 1000 years of history
  • 5 to 36 days of hiking
  • Comfy accommodations
  • Luggage transfers
  • Local delicacies
The region is well known for its wines under the brand Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja.

A timeless journey

Feel the Spanish hospitality

Each portion of the pilgrimage traverses picture-perfect landscapes and villages, but you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to reach your goal.

Camino Francés offers cozy stays, breakfast delights, luggage transfers, 24/7 support, and the promise of reaching a new town each night —  where you’ll find local delicacies, friendly locals, and a rest for your tired legs.

Embrace the sacredness

Trace the footsteps of medieval pilgrims or pause to reflect in the quiet of centuries-old chapels. Every footstep becomes a meditation, and every interaction is a chance to learn.

Amidst the rugged beauty of the Spanish countryside, hikers are invited to slow their pace and feel the whispers of history and spirituality that permeate the path.

Pilgrims walk across the Meseta (central plateau) towards Hornillos del Camino - Castile and Leon, Spain
Convent cloister in Sarria

Cross the north of the Iberian Peninsula

The route begins in the steep French Pyrenees and winds its way through the beautiful Basque Country, celebrated for its marvelous cuisine.

Traverse the verdant wine region of La Rioja, savoring the charm of its capital, Logroño, and delight in the Renaissance splenor of Castilla y León.

As you approach the Galician coast, you’ll be greeted by the breathtaking beauty of golden beaches, quaint coastal towns, and idyllic mountain villages like O Cebreiro.

Pilgrim on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Burgos

The last 100 km

Hiking the entirety of this route takes a lot of time. So why not hike just a section that you prefer the most?

The final 100 km of the Camino Francés, starting from Sarria and leading to Santiago de Compostela, are renowned for the social atmosphere, making this section ideal for newcomers seeking camaraderie.

It is also the least you’ll have to walk to earn your Compostela certification — one of the most valuable mementos from your adventure.

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Disconnect from the everyday, reconnect with yourself

You’ll never walk alone…

On Camino, solitude often meets companionship of fellow travelers and friendly locals.

Whether led by seasoned guides or navigating the path independently, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a diverse mix of locals and fellow pilgrims, forming bonds that can last a lifetime. 

From swapping stories with seasoned travelers to sharing a meal with newfound friends, every step along the way is an opportunity for connection. 

Group of young hikers walks in mountains at sunset time

…under the Field of Stars

Derived from “campus stellae,”  Compostela can be translated as the Field of Stars. According to legend, the trail is based on the stars of the Milky Way, outlined by St. James and followed by pilgrims to this day.

Compostela is also the name of the document that certifies the completion of the Camino de Santiago, awarded by the Church since the 9th century. Walk the last 100 km and share in the triumph felt by countless pilgrims who’ve journeyed before you.

Find the perfect hike and start your journey

To be or not to be guided?

These tours are organized by Follow the Camino, a guiding company leading the way since 2007. They’ve been making the Camino more accessible, enjoyable, and achievable for thousands of travelers from all around the world.

In case you decide to join a guided tour, you will most likely hike with Paloma, Silvia or Francisco. They are all locals who love the outdoors—each of them hiked the Camino at least once!

The Camino Frances is a fairly manicured and, at times, even urban experience, which makes it very accessible for travelers looking to do this on their own. Your certified guides will provide you with 24/7 support, maps, luggage transfers, settled accommodation and meals, so you can enjoy the trail without worrying about the logistics.

If you are not sure whether to go alone or join a guided group of like-minded hikers, feel free to contact us and we will help you find the perfect tour!




Paloma, one of the guides, hiking the Camino Silvia, one of the guides Francisco, one of the guides
Tony Dunne

I am just back from a truly memorable and incredible 7 day experience which was made so good by the attention to detail and going beyond my needs in relation to a holiday package from the people in “Follow the Camino “ from the pick up drivers to hotel staff to the quality of service I cannot fault one bit. My bag was taking daily and dropped off at the next destination. Breakfast was had daily.
The quality of the hotels was comfortable and clean & tidy. I individual reviewed them all .
This is not my first trip with “follow the Camino” and certainly won’t be my last.. well done – Gold star.

darragh o’neill

My first time doing the Camino and the professional way FOLLOW THE CAMINO handled our trip from start to finish was second to none. The communication made it so easy to understand what we needed to do to prepare and gave us plenty of hints and tips to make the walks more enjoyable and make the most of the stunning scenery along the way. They also supplied a luggage transfer to our next hotel and the hotels were very clean, great food and excellent prices. We were given a kit with Camino Passport, Camino shell and a bandana which came in handy protecting from the sun. Over all FOLLOW THE CAMINO made this an experience we will never forget and would highly recommend them to groups or solo for a life time of memories.

Martin Jones

Our group had a fabulous time on our Camino Way walk. The support, guidance and pre-trip information were excellent. The roadbook with maps was a great help although there were plenty of markers and hundreds of fellow travellers to keep us on the right track. The most welcome surprise was the accommodation which, in each case, was very good and, in some cases, outstanding!

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