Walking the Via Podiensis from Lectoure to Air-sur-l'Adour

From Lectoure to Aire-sur-l’Adour, the 5th section of Via Podiensis brings us deep into lands of tradition and undulating cultivated landscapes. Here, the Camino starts in Le Gers département, both home to foie gras and to vineyards producing the famous Armagnac brandy. Approaching Aire-sur-l’Adour, the landscape gradually changes into crop fields and pinewoods as we enter Les Landes area. Architectural heritage and history are also part of the journey, almost everywhere along the Camino!

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A gastronomic walk: Foie gras & Armagnac brandy
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Trip Highlights

Lectour

If you pass through Lectour a nice place to visit is the cathedral (Cathedrale Saint-Gercais-et-Saint-Protais de Lectoure). You are able to see its tower that was built in 1488 from far away. It is located in the center of the town and therefore is close to a lot of other possible activities.

 

 Montreal du Gers

A good place for dinner in this commune is the Hotel Restaurant Henri IV. It is close to the Cathedral Saint-Luperc d’Eauze so you also have the opportunity to visit one of many churches while being on the Camino.

 

Aire sur l’Adour

For a nice dinner while in Aire sur l’Adour the restaurant La Villa Toscane is a good option. Although it is not a typical French restaurant it is something for everyone.

Itinerary

Day 1

Lectoure
(Arrival)

Lectoure is a pretty fortified town that keeps history alive and where visitors can take time to visit the old impressive cathedral, the castle of the Earls of Armagnac, the 18th tannery, the archaeological museum and more. Visitors can also treat themselves to the natural spas or simply enjoy strolling around the narrow streets of this market town set in the Gers valley.

Day 2
32km

Lectoure
to
Condom

Leaving Lectoure, we head down to river Le Gers which we cross over before continuing through the countryside. We then reach Marsolan and its Romanesque church. It is then a very enjoyable stroll between woodland and open countryside until we reach La Romieu and its UNESCO World Heritage collegiate church.

An option to split into two days, with a stop over in La Romieu.

Day 3
17km

Condom
to
Montreal du Gers

Today is a long day and while the first half is mainly spent on dirt tracks through the gently undulating countryside dotted with lakes and streams, the second half brings history to us. Indeed, passing by Condom and Larresingle (known as “the little Carcassone”), lovers ofold stone buildings will be bowled over. Finally, we arrive in Montreal du Gers and its timber houses, proud of being the biggest vineyard of Armagnac, the famous brandy.

Day 4
16km

Montreal du Gers
to
Eauze

From Montreal du Gers, Via Podiensis heads south towards Eauze. The first 8 kilometres are spent between countryside and vineyards, and the first hamlet we cross is Lamothe. The Camino then runs through the quiet vineyards and countryside of Armagnac. The walk ends up on Place d’Armagnac, in Eauze, another beautiful village and official capital of Armagnac since 1802!

Day 5
20km

Eauze
to
Nogaro

We continue through the vineyards of Armagnac to reach the pretty town of Manciet, a historical point on the Camino as this is where, in the Middle-Ages, Pilgrims coming from Auch met those walking on Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route. The route then runs through the countryside and at the end of the day, we arrive in Nogaro.

Day 6
30km

Nogaro
to
Aire-sur-l'Adour

Today, the Landes influence is more and more obvious as vines become rarer and pine trees start to appear. We start our walking day mainly walking through cereal fields. The day is also punctuated with some of the prettiest villages and hamlets of the entire section with the likes of Lanne-Soubiran and Barcelonne-du-Gers. At the end of the walk, we enter Les Landes département in another charming town rich in history: Aire-sur-l’Adour.

Day 7

Aire-sur-l'Adour

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.

Section 1

Lectoure
to
Condom

Lectoure is a pretty fortified town that keeps history alive and where visitors can take time to visit the old impressive cathedral, the castle of the Earls of Armagnac, the 18th tannery, the archaeological museum and more. Visitors can also treat themselves to the natural spas or simply enjoy strolling around the narrow streets of this market town set in the Gers valley.

Section 2

Condom
to
Montreal du Gers

Leaving Lectoure, we head down to river Le Gers which we cross over before continuing through the countryside. We then reach Marsolan and its Romanesque church. It is then a very enjoyable stroll between woodland and open countryside until we reach La Romieu and its UNESCO World Heritage collegiate church.

An option to split into two days, with a stop over in La Romieu.

Section 3

Montreal du Gers
to
Eauze

Today is a long day and while the first half is mainly spent on dirt tracks through the gently undulating countryside dotted with lakes and streams, the second half brings history to us. Indeed, passing by Condom and Larresingle (known as “the little Carcassone”), lovers ofold stone buildings will be bowled over. Finally, we arrive in Montreal du Gers and its timber houses, proud of being the biggest vineyard of Armagnac, the famous brandy.

Section 4

Eauze
to
Nogaro

From Montreal du Gers, Via Podiensis heads south towards Eauze. The first 8 kilometres are spent between countryside and vineyards, and the first hamlet we cross is Lamothe. The Camino then runs through the quiet vineyards and countryside of Armagnac. The walk ends up on Place d’Armagnac, in Eauze, another beautiful village and official capital of Armagnac since 1802!

Section 5

Nogaro
to
Aire-sur-l'Adour

We continue through the vineyards of Armagnac to reach the pretty town of Manciet, a historical point on the Camino as this is where, in the Middle-Ages, Pilgrims coming from Auch met those walking on Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route. The route then runs through the countryside and at the end of the day, we arrive in Nogaro.

Via Podiensis from Lectoure to Air-sur-l'Adour

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Option 1 – Toulouse
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Starting Point

1 – Toulouse. Train to Agen (Approx. 1hr). Then bus to Lectoure (Approx. 45min). Several departures a day.
2 – Bordeaux. Train to Agen (Approx. 15min) then SNCF “T.E.R” bus to Lectoure (Approx. 45min). Several departures a day.

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