On this 4th section of Le Puy Route, the Camino goes from beautiful Cahors to charming Lectoure and crosses both the Lot and Garonne Valleys. The green rounded hills of the area, added to a rich historical heritage, make this leg of the Camino a beautiful walking holiday for anybody seeking both natural and cultural sites. And with numerous medieval buildings at almost every stopover, the region has plenty to offer to modern pilgrims!
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Montcuq is an essential stopping point on the Le Puy Camino, here you will find a rich historical and built heritage. The Tower of Montcuq is a must visit for views over the town and surrounding countryside. Built at the beginning of the 13th century for the Counts of Toulouse the town developed around it. Taken by the English in the Hundred Years War the town was left in ruins, and the re-building of the town gives it the look it has today with many half timbered houses. Be sure to visit the church of Saint-Hilaire with its group of stained-glass windows in vibrant colours tracing the lives of Christ and Saint-Hilaire. The church of Saint-Privat is also worthy of a visit to see its remarkable stained-glass window depicting the 1914-1918 war.
UNESCO World Heritage Site - Moissac Abbey
The architecture of the Moissac Abbey is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. The most famous parts being the door on the south entrance to the Church of Saint-Pierre and the Abbey’s cloister. The door dates from the 12th Century and has a finely sculpted tympanum depicting Christ in Majesty and the Apocalypse according to St. John. The prestigious cloister has 76 superb sculpted capitals, dating from the late 11th century that are adorned with narrative scenes about the lives of the saints and biblical scenes. A real gem for lovers of religious art to admire! Adding to the charm and serenity of the whole place is a large cedar tree that is over 200 years old. If you are lucky enough to be passing by in the Summer months you may get an opportunity to experience one of the many classical music concerts that take place.
Perhaps unassuming as you approach the town, as it looks similar to others you have passed through with its stone buildings and wooden shuttered windows, but once into the centre of town it reveals a sense of history and surprise! Here you will find Gallo-Roman archaeology from the 2nd and 3rd Century, the ancient Fountain of Diana that was restored in the 13th Century as well as the crowning jewel of the town the Cathedral of St. Gervais and St. Protais. The surprise then comes when you discover than since the 1950’s Lecoutre has been known for its Melon growing! The climate and limestone-clay soil in the area is particularly suited to the production of melons. Sample the melon with local ham or even as a sorbet! If you are lucky enough to be passing by on August 15th you will get to experience their annual Melon Festival!
Cahors to Lectoure
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Surrounded by a theatre of natural steep cliffs, Cahors is located on the shores of the Lot river. We recommend wandering around the old city as, at every corner, history hits visitors: the Valentré Bridge, Saint-Etienne Cathedral, medieval houses, carved doors of the seventeenth century, neo-classical buildings … This small-size city is one of the prettiest in the whole Le Puy route!
Day 2 31.1km
We first climb up stone steps to Pech d’Angely from where we take a last look at Cahors down in the Valley before continuing through the Causses, a limestone plateau. We will then pass through Labastide-Marnhac and Lhospitalet before reaching the charming village of Lascabanes and its flower-decorated houses. Then, we continue the walk to Montcuq.
Day 3 14.2km
The route we follow today goes up and down all the way to Lauzerte. We start seeing less woodland and more undulated farmland and cultivated fields, until the beautiful village of Lauzerte, with an ancient raised dovecote and Saint-Sernin church.
Day 4 24.5km
One of the easiest days, as there is no particular difficulty regarding the terrain itself. We walk through the quiet countryside, between crop fields, woodland and vines. We finish this stage in Moissac, home to UNESCO World Heritage Saint-Pierre abbey.
Day 5 20.6km
The Camino follows the water all day long as we first start walking on towpaths along the Tarn river until the Lock of Espagnolette. We then continue towards the villages of Boudou and Malause, before being back on ancient towpaths, this time along the Canal of Golfech. The last effort of the day, to climb up the street when we enter Auvillar, is rewarded by the picturesque cobblestone plaza, with its ancient circular open hall and arcades.
Day 6 32.4km
Today we leave Le Lot region to enter Le Gers and its rich agricultural lands. The walk also passes through charming villages such as Flamarens or Miradoux before ending in Lectoure, an old fortified town with an impressive cathedral.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
How to Get There
This section of the Camino goes from Cahors to Lectoure. To get to the start of this Camino, the closest airports are Rodez or Toulouse. From the end of this walk, the closest airport is Toulouse. We can organise airport transfers for you to get you from the airport to your first accommodation, and back to the airport at the end of your pilgrimage.