The French Way – Aragón Variant

From Somport (Aragón) to Puente de la Reina / Gares (Navarre). 6 Sections. 164 kilometres.

Thick forests, open fields, valleys, narrow gorges... The landscapes that the Aragón variant has to show along its 6 Sections to Puente de la Reina/Gares, where pilgrims meet those coming from the different French routes, are outstanding and diverse. This part of the Way of Saint James became more important when Jara was designated as the capital of the Kingdom of Aragón in the 11th century. More pilgrims follow this variant of the French Way every year; an appealing alternative to the usual starting points of Saint Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles.

The route starts at the Pyrenees border and runs through the provinces of Huesca, Saragossa and Navarre. Following this variant may prove difficult in winter because the beginning of the section may be covered in thick snow. The river Aragón accompanies pilgrims most of the way, walking in nature and through mountains, historic sites and deserted villages.

Signage is good along this route, but you must carry provisions with you as there are many uninhabited stretches. Steeped in history, with many examples of Romanesque architecture, the Aragón variant of the French Way still preserves its primitive charm and offers pilgrims a unique experience.
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How to get to the starting point

How to get to Somport:

How to get to Somport by train: There is a high-speed train from Madrid and Barcelona to Saragossa, while Huesca has direct connections to Madrid. There are regional daily trains from both cities to Jaca, with some trains running up to Canfranc. From here you need to take a bus or other road transportation means to get to Somport. All timetables and routes can be checked at Renfe (+34 943 61 67 08). 
 
How to get to Somport by bus: The company Alosa (+34 902 210 700) has buses to Jaca from Saragossa, Huesca and Pamplona. Jaca station (Av. Jacetania s/n) offers several daily buses to Somport, you can check the timetables at the Tourist Office (+34 974 360 098).

How to get to Somport by car: There are almost 500 kilometres from Madrid to Somport using the shortest route. This takes about 5 hours and 15 minutes along the highway A-2 and going through Saragossa and Huesca, up to the Somport tunnel.
Confraternity Sites
Asociación Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Jaca
C/ Conde Aznar 9
Jaca (Huesca), 22700
Teléfono: (+34) 679 085 902
master@jacajacobea.com

Jaca Jacobea
Asociación Oscense de los Amigos del Camino de Santiago
C/ Valentín Gardeta, 34
Huesca, 22007
huescasantiago@hotmail.com

Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Zaragoza
C/ San Vicente de Paul 1
Zaragoza, 50001
peregrinosantiagozaragoza@yahoo.es
Transfer Rucksack
Send Bicycle
Luggage Transfer
Lockers Santiago
Send Parcels
Prepaid Card
Stamping Credencial
Correos Offices

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Way

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from accommodation to accommodation!! In this way, you can walk more comfortably, unburdened, and enjoying every step of the Way. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any of our Correos offices. Once you finish the Way you can again go to the nearest post office and send it back home. We send your bicycle neatly packaged and insured in a way that you need not disassemble it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point in the Camino -hostel, hotel, Correos office, etc. - so that your stuff is there when you arrive. This way you can have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you take for your walk. You can also send back whatever you may have in your rucksack for the Camino that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

In Correos we have a prepaid card that is not linked to any bank account. In this way, you can do the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You will only have to top it up with the money you need and then top up again if you run out of balance. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credencial

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Correos offices along the Way stamp your Credencial or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of them display a significant tourist attraction of that particular place for you to keep as a souvenir.

 

 

Sending parcels on the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to come to our Correos offices!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred CORREOS offices located along the Way and from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodations from where you can send parcels any time you want. This service will help you get rid of the content of your luggage that you no longer need, buy some souvenirs, typical products... without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike, trekking pole... before you go into the Cathedral or to visit Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Offices

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 Correos offices along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.