How do you want to do “your Way”?
There are many ways to follow it and many ways to look at it. As a challenge of endurance, a way to find yourself, to meet people, to switch off, to fulfil a promise, to venerate the Saint...
Do it as you wish, but the Way is yours.
Organise your journey along the Way of St James
The Way of St James is a journey on which nothing should be left to chance if you decide to do it on foot or by bicycle. You don’t need much — on the contrary, the less you take with you, the better —, but it’s absolutely necessary to arrange everything in advance.
Let's start with accommodation:
Use the map below to get information on all the hostels and other types of accommodation on the 5 routes crossing through Navarre.
Point of departure
If you decide to take the more traditional French route, you can get to Orreaga/Roncesvalles and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port from Pamplona by coach. Another option is to take a taxi from wherever you may be.
What's the weather going to be like today and tomorrow? Is it going to rain or will it be sunny?
Check here the weather forecast all along the Way of St James in Navarre.
And if you're a woman travelling alone, then check out the following website: www.caminodesantiagolibre.com
Credencial and Compostela
If you want to demonstrate your pilgrim status, you have to do two things. First, get a Credencial, or pilgrim’s passport, the document which is stamped each day to show that you’re completing the Way of St James. Second, get your Compostela, or certificate of accomplishment, by using your credencial to prove that you’ve reached Santiago by walking at least 100 kilometres or cycling 200.
These are the signs that tell you that you’re on the right path: yellow arrows, the most important signs, because all the branches are marked with them; milestones or markers, which are made of stone or concrete and normally bear the yellow arrow, together with other Way of St James symbols, such as the yellow scallop. There are also traffic signs and information panels to show you the way.
The accessible Way of St James
This website gives practical information for persons with physical disabilities, the characteristics of the paths, roads and sections, as well as the places to visit, where to eat and sleep along the Way.
The Way of St James by car
If you decide to do the Way of St James by car, you can make the most of your trip to get around and explore all the destinations we suggest. Spend a whole day visiting the villages of Baztan and trying the food there, spend a weekend in Pamplona to get a taste of city life, focus on the beauty of the Romanesque architecture on the Way itself, or, seeing as how your feet won’t be aching so much, enjoy a hiking trail at your own pace.
Warning. The passage of pilgrims is prohibited.
From 1 November 2023to 31 March 2024, for reasons of safety, the winter closure resolution comes into effect. This prohibits the passage of pilgims through the Eastern variant of the French Way of St James on the stage between Saint Jean de Pied-de-Port and Orreaga/Roncesvalles over the crest of Lepoeder (known as the "Napoleon Route").
Instead, pilgrims should use the Western route through Luzaide /Valcarlos.
Things to do on the Way of St James
El Camino Baztanés, la belleza del Camino de Santiago en Navarra
5 routes to get you started on the Way of St James in Navarre
3 Leyendas del Camino de Santiago en Navarra
The additional highlights of the Way of St James
Each pilgrimage comes with its story; each season has its appeal, and each destination holds different pleasures for different people. Navarre can be enjoyed in many ways and offers you activities and experiences to make yours the perfect ‘Way’:
Try some of the pintxos you're bound not to be able to find back home, enjoy a rosé wine when it’s just right for drinking or try some of Navarre’s most authentic dishes. How long is it since you last allowed yourself a treat?
Wander through an ancient beech forest, contemplate the most turquoise river waters you've ever seen or marvel before a vast desert landscape. Navarre has all this and more
Romanesque architecture abounds in Navarre, with churches, convents, collegiate churches and historical town centres taken straight from mediaeval legends. Discovering the personality of Navarre means discovering its history. And it’s anything but boring.
The gate to the Way of St James is open to you:
Enter through Navarre. Make your own Way