8 reasons why Pamplona is the best starting point

Not really a question, but an opinion on a good starting point for the Camino Frances. Many threads on this forum deal with SJPDP as THE Camino starting point (11.5 % of the Pilgrims start from there), how to reach the place and about the strain and perils of crossing the Pyrenees. Are there any historic reasons…

Is starting from Pamplona ‘cheating’?

The question was: I am starting my Camino on the 25th March. I have booked my train to Pamplona, arriving late Sunday evening, 24th March with a view to staying overnight in Pamplona and getting the train to Roncenvalles to start the camino on the Monday morning. However, I have booked my flights home from Santiago on…

Why do so many start in Saint Jean Pied de Port?

The question was: Considering the complications to get to S.Jean Pied de Port, especially for anyone landing in Spain or coming from Spain/Portugal/Southern France, I always wonder why so many of these people want to start their Camino in SJPP! I remember that when I was a hospitalera, I always gave a “congratulations” type comment…

The Camino de Santiago in 14 days, where to start?

The question was: I only have 14 walking days available due to work constraints and traveling to/from the US. I have read several times that I can start in Leon and finish within this time frame. However I have also read that the beginning segements are great. Would you recommend starting at Leon and walking…