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Saint Jean Pied de Port – the first stage of the Camino Frances or the French Way.

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This fortified medieval city is the last stage in France of the Via Podiensis before reaching Spain and the Roncevaux Pass across the Pyrenees, but this is also the traditional  departure point of the Camino Frances or French Way.

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The foundation of the city dates back to the 12th century, created by the King of Navarra. “Pied de Port” means the city located at the foot of the Pass (“Port” means Pass). The Pass is the famous Roncesvalles Pass where the Pyrenees can be crossed and a highplace of pilgrimage towards Compostela.

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The Whole Camino with a minivan and a driver in 10 days

The whole Camino in 10 days with a minivan and a driver from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela : Click here !

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 After a short break and a café in Auberge Orisson (793 m) you continue the Way  uphill to the Virgin called la Vierge de Biakorri (1095m), then climb up the Bentarte Pass (1308 m). The  Lepoeder Pass is the highest to reach with its 1430 m. You are now 4h15 from the Orisson auberge and you can start to walk down to Roncesvalles (962m) which can be reached in about 1 hour.

7H45 from Saint Jean Pied de Port where you started this early morning. 

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The Way of St James, or the Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a series of pilgrimage routes running across all of Europe with Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain as their final destination. People have been walking it – as a pilgrimage route – for over a thousand years.

The most famous route of all is the one known as the French Way or Camino Frances, which crosses the Pyrenees from France into Spain. The route is brimming with history, legends and art, and boasts a wealth of landscapes and natural settings as diverse as they are unforgettable.( Read more : Ici & Là Nature )

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There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it

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