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The French way and roads

Director General of Roads and Transport, Government of Rioja

The article takes up and develops the itinerary of the French Way to Santiago de Compostela and its relationship with the road network. Its origin of the tradition Compostelana on the appearance of the tomb of the Apostle as a civil Via open to all kinds of people and promoted by kings and feudal lords.

The road goes through France by four routes, which coincide in Puente La Reina, though itself is called French Way which starts in San Juan de Pie de Puerto. After Navarra, through La Rioja. They are also important centers of Logrono, Najera and self Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

In Castilla-Leon and continuing with the itinerary of the N-120 road enters Burgos, crossing below the Tierra de Campos, reaches the town of Sahagún, crosses the Esla River along the national road and enters the city of Leon , continuing along the river Órbigo and later Astorga, Ponferrada city Templar roots is the gateway to Galicia, finally descending Mount Gozo to Santiago de Compostela.

An important reflection involves understanding the philosophy of the French Way. Camino regions would not have been the same without the influence of the Way.

Keywords: French way, Santiago, Road.

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