The Camino de Santiago Francés is the Jubilee route more travelled, so much so, the closer we get to Compostela, considering that most of the ways which go over Spain have finally converged in one point or another with this.
The original route was the Via Tolosana, a way originating form France which crosses the Pyrenees for the oscense Puerto of Somport, commonly known as Camino de Santiago Aragonés or Franco-Aragonés.
Three of the principal Jubilee routes in France, the Via Turonensis, the Via Lemovicensis and the Via Podiensis, come together in San Juan de Pie de Puerto, crossing from there the Pyrenees for the Puerto de Roncesvalles. Once in Spanish territory, plough through the north of the Peninsula until the western end, receiving along its tour, the pilgrims who travel for other Jubilee routes originating from any part of Spain.
This route of extraordinary cultural, artistic and landscape wealth is currently well documented and equipped with signal and appropiate infrastructures.
This is the historical route par excellence, and goes over along much of its way the Vía Romana of Trajano which ended in Finisterre.
Therefore, it is easy to imagine that the artistic wealth because it is such impressive that was included in the World Heritage Sites by the Unesco since 1993.
- With no doubts, the Sierra de Atapuerca sites are the principal archaeological interesting item which we find during the Camino. Considered by the Unesco as World Heritage Site in 2000.
- In the vicinity of Ponferrada the traveller can branch off the way to visit Las Médulas, gold mines utilised by the Romans in open air. It involves an important archaeological site located in an impressionant natural environment with a great value in landscape. Considered by the Unesco as World Heritage Site since 1997.
- There are many Celtic and Roman castrates which we can see during the journey, that showed the ancient of the human settlement in this territory, specially in Galician lands. The Roman Asturica Augusta ruins in Astorga stands out.
- In certain areas of the way it is well conserved the original pavement and the milestone signs of the Roman road known as Vía Trajana. Also is conserved the rests of the Vía Aquitania in the vicinity of the Carrión de los Condes.