French way





O Cebreiro - Triacastela
22 km - Difficulty: medium-high
Variante de San Xil Triacastela - Sarria (por San Xil)
19 km - Difficulty: baixa
Variante de Samos Triacastela - Sarria (por Samos)
24,5 km - Difficulty: medium
Sarria - Portomarín
23 km - Difficulty: medium-high
Portomarín - Palas de Rei
24 km - Difficulty: medium
Palas de Rei - Melide
14 km - Difficulty: medium
Melide - Arzúa
14 km - Difficulty: baixa
Arzúa - O Pedrouzo
19,20 km - Difficulty: baixa
O Pedrouzo - Santiago
19,98 km - Difficulty: medium


The way French is the route Jacobean with greater tradition historical and the more recognized internationally. Your path through the North gives Peninsula Iberian is set to late of the s. XI, thanks to it work constructive and of promotion of monarchs as Sancho III the greater and Sancho Ramirez of Navarre and Aragon, as well as of Alfonso VI and their successors. The main roads of this road in France and Spain were described with precision toward the 1135 in the Codex Calixtinus, book fundamental Jacobean.

The book V of this Codex is a genuine guide medieval da pilgrimage to Santiago. In it is specified them sections of the road French from lands galas e advises in detail on them sanctuaries of the route, the hospitality, them people, the food, them sources, them customs local, etc. All is written with the synthesis and clarity that needs a response practice to a demand concrete: the pilgrimage to Santiago.

This guide, attributed to the clergyman French Aymeric Picaud, evidence the wish politico-religious by making promotion of the sanctuary Compostela and facilitate the access to he. When is makes this book, the road French and the pilgrimages reach their maximum peak and the road French the greater influx, if exclude the time current. Santiago is converted in the goal of pilgrims from of all the ORB Christian. With the passage of the centuries and the avatars political and religious European, the route physical of the road French lost weight specific. Will be to late of the s. 19th cando arises a renewed interest by the thematic Jacobean, that continues in the second half of the 20th with the progressive recovery of the old route, recognized internationally as one of them symbols historical of the unit European.

He Road French acquires a path must in France through the four way main already described in the Codex Calixtinus. Three of these routes (Paris-tours, Vézelay-Limoges and Le Puy-Conques) enter in Spain by Roncesvalles, in Navarre, while the fourth (Arles-Toulouse) enters by the port of Somport and continues up to Jaca, in lands of Aragon. The route of Roncesvalles, that crosses the city of Pamplona, is unites with the Aragonese in bridge the Queen (Navarra). From bridge the Queen, the road French maintains a unique route that crosses locations and cities of the North of Spain so significant as Estella, Logroño, Santo Domingo of it booted, Burgos, Castrojeriz, Frómista, Carrion of them counts, Sahagún, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Villafranca of the Bierzo. The way French enters in Galicia by the region of the Bierzo.

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