The French Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago

The Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago or the Jacobean Route, as it is also known, was declared the First European Itinerary of Cultural Interest by the Council of Europe in 1987. Moreover, the route is considered by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Asset. The so-called French Route is the way to Santiago par excellence, the best-known, the most frequently travelled, and the best prepared of all. It starts in Roncesvalles in Navarra and finally reaches the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia after 750 kilometres. More than half of this distance corresponds to the territory of Castilla y León (450 kilometres).