The Camino Frances is the most popular of all the Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain. This Camino starts in St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees and finishes about 800 km later in Santiago.
St Jean Pied de Port is the traditional starting point for the Camino Frances, the most popular Camino route which also has the best infrastructure. This however makes the route very busy during the peak summer months of July and August.
The first day on the Camino Frances is the hardest of the whole route. It is the first day, and your body is probably not used to walking all day carrying a rucksack, if you have packed more than 10% of your body weight you will know about it quickly. However you will know after a while anyway as your body objects to this extra burden and begins to adapt.
The Way of St James has been one of the most important Christian pilgrimages since medieval times and it has existed for over 1000 years. It was considered one of three pilgrimages on which all sins could be forgiven – the others being the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.