Camino Aragon

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  • Start Candanchu
  • End Puente de la Reina
  • DateMarch to October
  • Duration 9 nights
  • Distance118 km
  • GradeEasy/Moderate

Embark on a less-trodden path across the majestic Pyrenees into Aragon, where a 166 km journey will lead you to link up with the famed Camino Francés.

With over a decade of Camino expertise, we have crafted a serene yet adventurous journey through mountains, river valleys, open plains, and Jaca’s mesmerizing lunar landscape.

Discover the Camino Aragon Route with Us

Stretching westwards through the provinces of Huesca, Zaragoza, and Navarra, the Aragon Way unveils a captivating blend of towering mountains to the north and gently rolling hills to the south. It’s a route less frequented, making it a real joy for the avid explorer.

While many international walkers may overlook it, the Spanish and French cherish this trail. Renowned for its unspoiled, varied terrain, this route remains untouched by commercial tourism, offering a raw and authentic Camino experience.

The transition from the wooded slopes of the Pyrenees to the steep limestone hills of the upper river Aragon Valley, a haven for winter skiers, offers breathtaking scenery. As you venture west of Jaca, the unique landscape of the Aragon Valley unveils its singular beauty.

As your journey winds down, the Camino Aragonés leads you to its convergence with the Camino Francés at the quaint village of Obanos, a stone’s throw away from Puente la Reina and a short trek to Pamplona.

The Aragon Way, although remote, provides an intimate journey through 20 charming towns and villages, each offering a cozy stopover for weary walkers. It’s an ideal alternative for those aiming to complete the full Camino de Santiago, starting near the serene Somport Pass at Urdos in France or Canfranc in Spain, away from the bustling St Jean Pied de Port.

Extend Your Adventure on the Arles Way

Kickstart your pilgrimage from the historic realms of Toulouse or Arles in France, where the Arles Way will lead you to the Somport Pass in the Pyrenees, converging with the Camino Aragon.

The Arlés Way, or Via Tolosana, unfurls in a picturesque westward trail through Languedoc to Toulouse in the Midi-Pyrénées before meandering south along the Gave d’Apse river valley, adorned with panoramic vistas of the towering Pyrenees.

Arles, a gem in the heart of Provence, nestles on the banks of the River Rhone, an ancient town that fueled the creativity of Picasso and Van Gogh. The journey from Arles to Montpellier unveils the wild, white horses of the Camargue, the Rhone delta’s lush drained marshland, and a tapestry of ancient pilgrim sites, vineyards, and quaint villages.

Your arrival in the splendid city of Toulouse is just the beginning. The route ahead unfolds through the historic 3 Musketeers town of Auch, the royal city of Pau, and into the Aspe valley before a grand entrance into Spanish Aragón via the Col du Somport.

Now, as the Camino Aragonés, your adventure continues south of Jaca through the River Aragón valley and westward through Aragón and Navarra, eventually merging with the Camino Francés before Puente la Reina.

Extend your Camino quest from Logroño in La Rioja or trace back to Pamplona. Whichever path you choose, our tailored packages are crafted to suit each unique client, ensuring a proactive and responsive planning experience.

With the liberty to choose your own travel dates, your Camino journey is not just a pilgrimage but a personalized adventure curated by worldwide Camino route experts.

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Price Includes

  • 9 Nights B&B(HB and sole occupancy available)
  • Baggage transfers
  • Taxi shuttles between one hotel and the Camino

Price Excludes

  • Driver Service Fee
  • Guide Service Fee
  • Room Service Fees

Single Supplement

£200

Camino Aragon Highlights

History, Art & Legends
Historically this Camino was mainly frequented by Italian pilgrims using the Via Francigena and Via Tolosana from Arles and Toulouse.

Remains of this medieval legacy can be seen all along the Aragones Way; in the ruins of pilgrim hospitals, Romanesque churches, arched pilgrim bridges over the Rio Aragon, roman paved roads, hermitages and castles and fortified towns.

History recounts the legacy of resistance and domination by Romans, Visigoths, Iberians and Moors until the foundation of the Kingdom of Aragon in the 11th Century by King Sancho III. “Sancho the Great” establish Jaca as his Capital and raised a great Cathedral.

The superb monastic complex of San Juan de la Peña, began as a hermitage. The Old Monastery shelters under an enormous rocky overhang which dates back to the C8th has a Mozarabic church and Royal Pantheon. The new Monastery dates from the mid C17th and sits in a vast meadow. It houses an interpretation centre.

Big Skies & Varied Landscapes
Beyond the Col du Somport, the southern slopes and the valley of the river Aragón are more stark, bare and rocky. It’s a fairly easy descent leading down towards Jaca where the Camino then follows the Rio Aragón westwards.

After Jaca comes extensive arable farmland, anticipating the meseta ahead; you pass dramatic rocky moonscapes and the vast reservoir of the Embalse de Yesa. The villages here are partly or entirely abandoned and mineral landscapes in the valleys, created by erosion, alternate with forests on low mountains.

After the Sierra de Izco, the trail goes down to the superb Sangüesa. During the last stage, you will experience never-ending ups and downs until reaching Tiebas. Arriving at the magnificent Santa Maria de Eunate is a great moment, that signals the end of this part of the Camino journey, as you’re just a few km to Puente-la-Reina. From here you have the honour of joining the main pilgrim flow towards Santiago de Compostela.

The Way is mainly a single route but watch out in Aragón and Navarra as there are also variants mainly to famous monasteries.

There are two forms of waymarking, the iconic yellow arrows and the GR red and white stripes. Known as GR 65.3 the trail is also part of the Spanish network of Senderos de Gran Recorrido.

Food & Drink

For any traveller on the Camino, nourishment and refreshment is an important part of the daily routine. There are many places to enjoy good local dishes to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. We also aim to cater for those with particular dietary needs.

Camino Aragon Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Candanchu and first overnight.

Day 2

Walk to Villanua – 9.5 miles / 15.2 km

Day 3

Walk to Jaca – 9.3 miles / 14.9 km

Day 4

Walk to Puente la Reina de Jaca – 13.1 miles / 21 km

Day 5

Walk to Artieda – 13.8 miles / 22 km

(you have a choice of dormitory accommodation or transfer to a hotel off route such as the Leyre Monastery).

Day 6

Walk Artieda to Undues de Lerda – 13.6 miles / 22km

(Casa Rural in Undues or transfer to a hotel off route at Javier. Javier is 4 miles from Undues)

Day 7

Walk to Sanguesa – 16.3 miles / 26 km

Day 8

Walk to Monreal – 8.2 miles / 13.1 km

Day 9

Puente de la Reina – 11.3 miles / 18.1 km

Recently, the path of the Camino Aragon has been somewhat disturbed by the construction of a new motorway which passes along the northern banks of the Yesa reservoir. This has caused some interference with the north variant of the Camino as the path is near to the motorway.

Our preference is to direct you along the south banks of the Yesa reservoir, through tiny abandoned villages and magical countryside. However, this does mean that services for walkers are sparse. On occasion, we may have to make the choice between transferring clients off route to a hotel or accepting one or two overnights in more simple accommodation. We will always advise you of availability and hopefully, be in a position to give you a choice.

For example, the hilltop village of Artieda only offers dormitory accommodation with shared facilities, but the Albergue does have a very nice restaurant (Mexican fusion) and fabulous views from its terrace to make up for it. We normally transfer our clients to Leyre for this night.

Somport Pass, Rio Aragon Valley & Navarra’s Farmlands
Beginning at the famous mountain pass of Somport, at an altitude of 1600 m / 5200 ft, you find yourself amongst the highest peaks of the Pyrénées where the views are wide and wonderful.

Below Canfranc, the valley is wooded and the path follows the tree-lined river banks to Jaca, today a popular winter resort. This town is the legacy of the first King of Aragon Ramiro I Sanchez, who founded Jaca as his capital in 1035. He is buried at the Monastery San Juan de la Pena. You can also make a detour to visit this monastic site of you have an extra couple of nights.

From Jaca, the Camino follows the valley of the Aragón River. There is a detour to the Monastery of San Juan de la Pena which is a famous national monument. This will add substantially to your days walk, being 11 km from Jaca. But you can spend an extra night here to discover more about the history of Aragon, visit the old monastery and enjoy the surrounding countryside.

From Puente de la Reina de Jaca there are two routes, one heading either side of the Yesa reservoir and both joining up again in Sanguesa. The north bank route heads through Berdun and Tiermas to the Leyre Monastery but now shadows the new motorway. Construction here is ongoing. Currently, we prefer to take you to the south away from the new A-21 motorway that will link Jaca and Pamplona. The south bank route is a very quiet country path through Ruestra & Undues de Lerda and follows a Roman paved road for a little way. Both options come together once again from Sanguesa following farm and forest tracks.

The Camino Aragon moves into eastern Navarra leaving River Aragón behind at Sanguesa and continues through the uninhabited mountains of Izco and Aibar to go down to the valley Ibargoiti. As you head into west Aragon and Navarra beyond low hills and cultivated fields appear on the approaches to Puente Ia Reina. The final stretch to Puente de la Reina also offers two route options both of which unite just before the extraordinary Church of Eunate.

The 100 m / 160 km route is well-waymarked throughout. You will find the waymarking differs in Aragon and Navarra. Aragon has the yellow arrows and GR 653 markers with scallops and the red and white GR banding. In Navarra concrete bollards have shells and arrows on them, but yellow arrows continue to point the way.

San Juan de la Peña Monastery
Close to the Camino de Santiago route this monastic complex consists of two sites. The original monastery is known as the Royal Monastery was established in the C10th. A combination of stonework and natural rock forms the walls under an overhanging rock at the base of the cliff from which comes the name Peña meaning rock. It has a magnificent Romanesque cloister and the Real Pantheon, of neoclassic style, erected in the 18th century.

The new monastery was constructed above the cliffs in the C17th. The monastery was abandoned in 1835 with only the church and its grand Baroque facade surviving. There has been archaeological work carried out here and in 2007 a museum was opened, with a glass floor which allowis visitors you to observe the archaeological site.

There is also a very nice hospederia hotel here for those who wish to stay overnight and visit the entire site.

One legend attached to San Juan de la Peña realtes to the Holy Grail, brought to Aragon by Spanish soldier from Rome during the C3rd and kept safe in Jan Juan de la Peña during Moorish invasion. Later the King of Valencia acceded to the Aragon throne and took the Grail back to Valencia Cathedral where can be seen today. Historians confirm the vessel as a genuine Roman agate cup.

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Accommodation

Accommodations
Baggage Transfers

We have selected small and comfortable family-run establishments on the route. All rooms have private en-suite facilities. Lodgings are offered on a Bed and Breakfast basis where there is a good choice of available restaurants, but half board where the lodgings are more remote. We hope you relish the opportunity to try local Aragonese dishes and soak up the local atmosphere.

We quote all our journeys with bag transfers as standard. We heartily recommend that you book your main piece of luggage to be transferred between accommodations. It helps your enjoyment of the walk and keeps unnecessary stress off your back and joints.

This remote route is not operated by the main Camino baggage companies due to low traffic. Therefore we work with local drivers and hotels to transport your baggage. This does make for a more expensive service but we still consider it value for money and an essential service.

This daily service is organised so that all you have to worry about is carrying a day sack with your essential items.

If you do wish to carry your own bag that is fine with us.

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