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El Camino de Santiago

  The French Way / El Camino Frances
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The French Way is the best known of all the routes to Santiago. The principle stop-overs were actually described in the Codex Calixtinus in the year 1135, established by King Alfonso the VI. The Codex offers a complete description of the entire experience, beginning at the border with France, crossing Northern Spain and ending in Galicia. During medieval times Santiago was considered an important pilgrimage to make, along with Rome and Jerusalem. Many pilgrims walked these trails in the hopes of been exonerated from their sins.

You’ll join thousands of outdoor lovers and pilgrims from all over the world who travel this route every year. This portion of The French Way starts in Medieval Leon and passes through Villafranca del Bierzo, gateway to the lush region of Galicia, en route to your final destination Santiago de Compostela.

You’ll walk through countless of beautiful towns and villages, green lush countryside, meadows, farmlands and rivers. You’ll pass by sanctuaries, castles and monasteries, including one that dates back to the 6th Century. You’ll stop for a respite in each of the above villages and towns, as well as the famed

Vilar de Donas, probably the most outstanding example of Galician Romanesque architecture still intact. And you’ll cross a raging river on a two thousand year old Roman stone footbridge as you enter the medieval metropolis of Melide.