What is the Terrain Like?
The terrain of the Camino Francés is wonderfully varied. Much of the trail is stunningly beautiful and picturesque, and some of it is not so beautiful and picturesque. It is a bit like life in that regard!
The trail traverses three mountain ranges and more than 200 kilometers of high plain. It takes you through vineyards and valleys, beautiful cities, and countless villages, towns, and hamlets.
You walk for several days through the picturesque Basque Country at the beginning, and for several days through the verdant Galician countryside at the end.
You will walk on pavement in all its forms, including cobblestone streets, medieval bridges, one-lane roads, and busy motorways.
The Camino goes up and down and up and down, seemingly endlessly, with elevation changes from 200 to 1550 meters (1000 to 5100 feet). The first 28 kilometers (18 miles) alone, from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, take you up a staggering, breathtaking 1200 meters (4000 feet).
The best way to preview the terrain of the Camino Francés is with photos.