Aire Sur L’adour to Saint Jean Pied De Port

Stage 6 of 6

158.3km

8 days

Comfort

Moderate plus

Popular time

september

Starting from

€710

Overall

Distance:

10.5 min | 26.4km average | 34.7 max

Ascent:

375 min |624.3m average | 914 max

Cardio:

2   4.2   5

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From Aire-sur-L’Adour to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the final section of Via Podiensis will surely bewitch you. It starts in Les Landes and hikers quickly enter the French Basque Country. Charming villages, beautiful forests, great scenic views, history: this section combines it all as you get closer to the Pyrenees, never far ahead in the distance. Finally, you reach their foothills in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, both the end of Via Podiensis and the beginning of the Camino Frances, all the way to the city of Santiago de Compostela.

Aire-sur-l'Adour

Aire-sur-l'Adour

Look forward to the pretty town of Aire-sur-l’Adour with its charming historical buildings that are nestled along the river. This mediaeval market town is the perfect start to experience the region’s peaceful way of living. It is divided into two parts: the lower section lies by the picturesque river Adour and is home to the 12th Century cathedral. In the upper town, the Eglise de Sainte Quitterie is also a must-see.

Sheeps grazing on green hill

Landes département

The beautiful region of Landes looks like a storybook. Between scenic cultivated landscapes, sheep graze on rolling green hills which are dotted with picturesque hamlets. Different ancient buildings, from well-conserved stone chapels to washhouses catch the hiker’s eye.

Basque Country house overlooking cliff

Basque Country

Beautiful Basque villages with typical names like Bastida Xoko, Utxiat, or Bussunaritz welcome you during the last parts of the Le Puy Camino. With their warm red roofs, old houses and green surroundings, they boast a unique ambiance. As the trail is going up and down all day long you can expect great views over these villages as well as the verdant countryside around them.

Aire Sur L’adour to Saint Jean Pied De Port

Starting from € 710

AIRE SUR L'ADOUR

SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

AIRE SUR L'ADOUR

The pretty town of Aire-sur-l’Adour, gateway to Les Landes département, is split between two parts: the lower section lies by the river Adour and is home to the 12th Century cathedral. In the upper town, the Eglise de Sainte Quitterie is also a must-see. This mediaeval market town is the perfect start to experience the region’s peaceful way of living.

Day

2

33.8 km

AIRE SUR L'ADOUR ARZACQ ARRAZIGUET

As the kick-off to the final section of the Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route, we spend our first day walking through the Les Landes département and its crop fields. Cultivated landscapes are dotted with hamlets with different ancient buildings, from well-conserved stone chapels to washhouses. This first day is demanding, mostly because of its length rather than the difficulty of the terrain.

Day

3

29.7 km

ARZACQ ARRAZIGUET ARTHEZ EN BEARN

The beauty of the route today lies in the lovely paths taken along hillsides from where, from time to time, we can see a steeple reaching up to the sky from the valley below. The route runs through the rounded hills, passing by numerous villages and old churches such as in Luvigny, Larreule, or Caubin.

Day

4

31.2 km

ARTHEZ EN BEARN NAVARRENX

Today is a long day going through the attractive undulating countryside of the Le Bearn area. After crossing over the river Gave de Pau, there are a few long uphill stretches which add some difficulty to this stimulating walk. One of the best rewards of the day comes after the uphill, when arriving in Navarrenx, a beautiful fortified city which was the first bastioned city of France.

Day

5

34.7 km

NAVARRENX SAINT PALAIS

Soon after Navarrenx, we find ourselves walking through the countryside and attractive woodland. Then we reach Lichos, marking the entrance of the Camino into the Basque Country. Passing via the village of Aroue, we continue our way up and down with the Pyrenees getting closer and closer with each step. Finally, we reach the town of Saint-Palais.

Day

6

10.5 km

SAINT PALAIS LARCEVEAU

This is another incredible walk, passing through very few villages but offering beautiful views all the way. Walking through the peaceful countryside, we gradually make our way up to the Chapel of Soyarce with its wonderful views over the Pyrenees. We pass the typical village of Ostabat and continue to Larceveau, our destination for the evening.

Day

7

18.3 km

LARCEVEAU SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT

The last day of the final section of Via Podiensis runs through the hilly countryside of the Basque Country, with its grazing sheep and red-roofed houses. The Camino goes up and down all day long, offering great views over the verdant countryside and passing through villages with typical Basque names like Bastida Xoko, Utxiat or Bussunaritz. The journey ends up in the beautiful mediaeval Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, at the foothills of the Pyrenees and the starting point of the French Way to Santiago de Compostela.

Day

8

km

SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. If you wish to continue and experience crossing over the Pyrenees on the Camino, have a look at the start of our French Way route, from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Pamplona. You can also stay overnight in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and explore what this beautiful town has to offer itself.

How to Get There

Getting to Aire-sur-l’Adour, France

To get to the start of this Camino, the closest airports are Pau, Bordeaux or Biarritz. We can organise airport transfers for you to get you from the airport to your first accommodation or you can travel on public transport.

Fly into Pau

The quickest route from Pau into Aire-sur-l’Adour is by bus. From Pau Airport, get into the centre of town. Head for Condorcet – Université Quai A, and then switch buses at Lycée St John Perse (the 0530). This bus will head for Aire-sur-l’Adour. This will take you 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Fly into Bordeaux

    You will need to go on the bus and the train to get from Bordeaux to Aire-sur-l’Adour. You head from Bordeaux into St Jean train station, and then head towards Mont de Marsan. Switch to the bus station in town, and then you get to Place Liberté in Aire-Sur-L’adour. This journey takes 3 hours.

      Fly into Biarritz

      Getting to Aire-sur-l’Adour from Biarritz isn’t simple. From the airport, get the shuttle into the city centre. Look for the Larrepunte bus stop and then transfer to Gare De Biarritz. At Biarritz train station, get to Pau, and then look for (Gare Parvis). This will take you to Aire-sur-l’Adour. This will take you 4 hours and 15 minutes.

        Getting home from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

        From the end of this walk, the closest airports are Pau, Bordeaux or Biarritz. We can organise airport transfers for you to get back to the airport at the end of your pilgrimage, or you can travel on public transport.

        Fly from Pau

        The quickest route to Pau from Aire-sur-l’Adour is by bus. Catch the bus from the Officetourisme in Aire-sur-l’Adour directly into Pau. This will take you 1 hour and 15 minutes. From there, it’s easy to catch a bus to the airport.

          Fly from Bordeaux

          To get from Aire-sur-l’Adour to Bordeaux, first get the bus to Mont de Marsan. Then, transfer to the train station and follow the route to Bordeaux St Jean station. This trip will take 3 hours and 45 minutes. Afterwards, you can get a shuttle bus to Bordeaux Airport.

            Fly from Biarritz

            To get to Biarritz Airport from Aire-sur-l’Adour, you catch a bus to Pau. Then, you switch to a train, disembarking at Bayonne. Then, from Rue de Alsace Lorraine, you can get another bus to Biarritz Airport. This should all take around 4 hours and 15 minutes.

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