Camino de Santiago in 33 Days St. Jean – Santiago: Trail Days and Distance

One of the most frequently asked questions about the Camino de Santiago is: How long does it take? The distance of the Camino Frances is 789 km or 490 miles so this leaves room for debate. I completed the Camino Frances during the summer of 2014 and still don’t have a definitive answer, but I can at least show you the pace I chose. This should allow you to plan accordingly. I am physically fit, climb mountains in Colorado and am in my early 30’s. I gave myself 30 days from St. Jean Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela (by far the most popular route for the Camino de Santiago) and it was far too quick. Without giving away the details of my injury filled adventure I will just say this: take it slower if your schedule allows.

Age and fitness level have nothing to do with it. I met a pilgrim in his 60s who completed the Camino in 28 days. That being said, I have listed my route below. Those days highlighted in red indicate where the proverbial sh*!* hit the fan for me, but I have included them for your planning purposes. If I could do it again, I would give myself at least 35 days and 2 of those days would be days off to allow the body to recover.

Camino de Santiago (Camino Frances) in 33 Days: Route Days and Distance from St. Jean Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela

Day 1 St. Jean Pied-de-Port — Roncesvalles (25.1KM / 15.6 miles)

Day 2 Roncesvalles – Zuriain (31.7KM / 19.7 miles)

Day 3 Zuriain – Zariquiegui (22.8KM / 14.2 miles)

Day 4  Zariquiegui – Puente la Reina (12.8KM / 8 miles)

Day 5 Puente la Reina – Estella (21.9KM / 13.6 miles)

Day 6 Estella – Los Arcos (21.1KM / 13.1 miles)

Day 7  Los Arcos – Logroño (28.6KM / 17.8 miles)

Day 8 Logroño – Nájera (30.1KM / 18.7 miles)

Day 9 Nájera – Grañón (28.2KM / 17.5 miles)

Camino Trail Marker
Camino Trail Marker

Day 10  Grañón – Villafranca Montes de Oca (27.6KM / 17.1 miles)

Day 11 Villafranca Montes de Oca – Cardeñuela Riopico (24.4KM / 15.2 miles)

Day 12 Cardeñuela Riopico – Burgos (13.6KM / 8.5 miles)

Day 13 Burgos – Hontanas (31.8KM / 19.8 miles)

Day 14 Hontanas – Boadilla del Camino (28.6KM / 17.7 miles)

Day 15 Boadilla del Camino – Carrión de los Condes (26.5KM / 16.4 miles)

Day 16 Carrión de los Condes – Terradillos de Templarios (26.8KM / 16.7 miles)

Day 17 Terradillos de Templarios – Calzadilla de los Hermanillos (26.9KM / 16.7 miles)

Day 18 Calzadilla de los Hermanillos – Mansilla de los Mulas (24.5 km / 15.22 miles)

Day 19 Mansilla de los Mulas – León (18.6 km / 11.5 miles)

*Note: León is the perfect place to take a break for a day and let your body recover.

Cathedral León
Cathedral León

Day 20 León – Manzarife (22.2 km / 13.8 miles)

Day 21 Manzarife – Astorga (31.2 km / 19.38 miles)

Day 22 Astorga – Rabanal del Camino (21.4 km / 13.3 miles)

Day 23 Rabanal del Camino – Molinaseca (26.5 km / 16.4 miles)

Day 24 Molinaseca – Villafranca del Bierzo (30.9 km / 19.2 miles)

Day 25 Villafranca del Bierzo – Vega de Valcarce (18.5KM / 11.5 miles)

Day 26 Vega de Valcarce – Hospital de la Condesa (17.1KM / 10.6 miles)

Day 27 Hospital de la Condesa – A Balsa (18.8KM / 11.7 miles)

Walking Through Rain Galicia
Walking Through Rain Galicia

Day 28 A Balsa – Barbadelo (19.9KM / 12.4 miles)

Day 29 Barbadelo – Portomarín (18.2KM /11.3 miles)

Day 30 Portomarín – Portos (19.3KM / 12 miles)

Day 31 Portos – Boente (26KM /16.1 miles)

Day 32 Boente – Salceda (19.5KM /12.1 miles)

Day 33 Salceda – Santiago de Compostela (28KM / 17.4 miles)

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