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Cammino di Santiago – Routes

Camino Aragonés

Route Information

General Description: The dramatic Camino aragonés begins in the Pyrenees Mountains at Somport (1600 meters or 5200 ft of altitude) and terminates just east of Puente la Reina, where it joins the Camino francés. 160 km from Somport through Jaca to Puente la Reina. The Camino aragonés is the continuation into Spain of the French Vía Tolosana, the Arles route.

Waymarking: Extremely well marked with painted yellow arrows as well as plaques and signposts, the latter usually with stylized scallop shell symbols.

Terrain: The Camino aragonés begins at Somport which is on the French-Spanish border at an altitude of 1600 m from where the path drops some 400 m in only 7.4 km. After reaching Jaca, about 32 km along the route, the route is fairly flat until about 60 km from Puente la Reina where there is a long ascent of just over 300 m. The route then descends to Puente la Reina.

When to go: The route is traversed at all times of the year primarily because there are at least minimal services available year round. However there is very likely to be snow in the winter months and early spring in the higher elevations on the French-Spanish border. Somport is at 1600 m elevation and Jaca is at about 800 m. Those walking the aragonés will probably be continuing on the Camino francés after it is reached at Puente la Reina.

Accommodation: The aragonés is well populated with albergues as well as hotels, hostales and casas rurales.

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