From Conques to Cahors, this 3rd section links two of the prettiest cities of the whole Le Puy Route. Leaving the cobbled streets of Conques, the Camino runs through the gentle hills of the Aveyron region before continuing into Le Lot. Walking along wall-lined tracks on high plateaux, drinking coffee on shaded terraces in peaceful villages, sightseeing UNESCO World Heritage sites, this is part of the daily experiences one can enjoy during this walking holiday.
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UNESCO World Heritage Sites
On this particular section of the Le Puy Camino there is a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Starting in Conques with its Romanesque Abbey, then leaving the town on the Pont sur le Dourdou, continuing then on the section from Montredon to Figeac is an entire section inscribed as a World Heritage site, as is the sections between Faycelles and Cajarc and Lalbenque to Cahors.
Nestled in the Lot Valley, Carjac has both a beautifully preserved built heritage and natural environment. Sitting on a bend of the Lot River, the small town with its stones houses and shuttered windows add to its charm. Take time to visit the simple yet beautiful Saint-Etienne church, then wander round to what is today the Tourist Information Center but in a bygone time was once a neo-Gothic chapel. Heading down by the river you could visit the old railway station that is now a railway museums with model trains, or marvel at the suspension bridge spanning the River Lot. For those with an interest in Modern Art, you can visit The Maison des Arts Georges and Claude Pompidou, which is in homage to the statesman who had a holiday home here.
Discover a wealth of history as well as the beauty of the Lot Valley in Cahors. A stop that is worth an extra night stay. With Roman origins the town really bloomed in the Middle Ages and continues to this day. Wander the medieval streets with their red bricks, grey limestone and ochre-coloured sandstone creating a wonderful backdrop for photos. A visit to the Cathedral is a must, nestled in the center of the town this national monument is a great example of the transition between the late Romanesque and Gothic architectural traditions.
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If there is any place that has always been linked to the Camino de Santiago on Le Puy Route, Conques is surely one of them. Its UNESCO World Heritage Romanesque abbey has drawn pilgrims since the 9th century, as the church is home to the relics of Sainte-Foy. Nowadays, this medieval village set on the banks of river Dourdou, is still a popular place along the Camino and the scenery surrounding the town simply adds even more interest.
Day 2 18.9km
Once across the UNESCO World Heritage Bridge over river Dourdou, the day starts with a steady climb up to the chapel of Sainte-Foy. We then continue through woodlands and green hills, through the village of Noailhac and Saint-Roch chapel before reaching Decazeville.
Day 3 29.6km
As we leave the Aveyron region to enter Le Lot, we start seeing a change in thelandscape and feeling the influence of Les Causses high plateaux as we approach Figeac. Between Montredon and Figeac, we also walk on a whole stretch listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 4 30.3km
There are many ups and downs during this long walking day but it also means lots of beautiful views. Leaving the pretty town of Figeac, we quickly go up to the high plateaux. The rocky ground preserves the wilderness of the landscape and dolmens, shepherds’ stone shelters and stone crosses are encountered. The leg of the Camino between Faycelles and Cajarc is actually listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We arrive in Carjac, a pretty village on the banks of Le Lot River.
Day 5 17.3km
LIMOGNE EN QUERCY
Today is a peaceful walk as the Camino runs through the quiet woodland and farmland of La Causse. It is a relatively easy walk, where we can take our time to admire the surrounding wildlife and to wander through scattered isolated hamlets.
Day 6 21.1km
LIMOGNE EN QUERCY
We continue our way through the natural park of Les Causses, mainly along flat forest tracks. More dolmens and old shepherds’ shelters can be seen today and after a very pleasant and enjoyable walk, we arrive in Lalbenque. Why not try the local delicacy: the high esteemed black truffle!
Day 7 17.9km
Today again, the area covered by the Camino is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. We will come across a good few ‘caselles’, the typical shepherds’ stone shelters and we also pass through a few scattered hamlets. As we approach Cahors, we can enjoy great views over the medieval town, before reaching the final destination of this section.
After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
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