The Way of Saint James
A thrilling route
through northern Spain
Some people are inspired by an interest in culture, others do it out of a spiritual conviction, yet others love the chance of adventure or approach it as a personal challenge… but whatever your reason, the Way of Saint James offers an original and different way of sightseeing in northern Spain. Come and find out why. You'll discover a wealth of monuments, charming towns and villages, spectacular natural attractions…
This is the most popular route. It begins in the Pyrenees and has two variants depending on where you choose to enter: Roncesvalles (through Navarre) or Somport (through Aragon). Both routes meet in the town of Puente la Reina, and then continue on through the territories of La Rioja and Castile-León towards Galicia.
Orreaga/Roncesvalles - Zubiri
This stage runs through the region of Navarre and starts in Orreaga/Roncesvalles, an important religious and monumental hub on the Way.
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Belorado
The itinerary goes through the region of La Rioja and passes very near the cradle of the Spanish language, San Millán de la Cogolla, where you can visit the monasteries of Suso and Yuso.
This route was first used by the pilgrims in order to avoid travelling through the territories occupied by the Muslims in the Middle Ages. The greatest attraction is its landscape, as a large part runs along the coastline against a backdrop of mountains, and overlooking the Cantabrian Sea. When you get to Oviedo, you can either take the alternative Northern Route or the Primitive Route.
Santander - Santillana del Mar
From elegant Santander to the mediaeval town of Santillana del Mar, a route around Cantabria with a distinct maritime flavour.
Zarautz - Deba
The stage runs beside the Cantabrian Sea through the Basque Country, including the attractive towns of Zarautz, Getaria, Zumaia and Deba.