Lectoure to Aire Sur L’adour

113.7km

7 days

Comfort

Popular time

june

Starting from

€621

Overall

Distance:

16.4 min | 22.7km average | 31.3 max

Ascent:

226 min |367.8m average | 604 max

Cardio:

3   3.8   5

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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!

The Cathedral of St. Peter

Condom

As you enter the town of Condom the first thing that will grab your attention is the dominating feature of the cathedral on the skyline of the town. The Cathedral of St Peter from the 16th Century has both Romanesque and Gothic features and as a central point in the town is a must visit. The impressive cathedral, however, is not the only talking point about Condom. It is the capital of Armagnac, so if you are partial to a tipple of this brandy why not visit the Armagnac Museum to find out about its production?

Montreal du Gers

Montreal du Gers

A typical bastide town of the region and listed as one of the most beautiful villages of France, once you enter the old town and main square it does not disappoint. The original town square and surrounding streets are very well preserved. Just off the town square you will find the 13th Century Church of Sainte-Marie should you need some time for peaceful contemplation. Or, if you prefer to relax and people watch, then grab a seat at one of the cafe’s in the arches around the square and watch the world go by. If you are feeling energetic, you may also like to take a 2km stroll out of town to the ruins of the Church of Saint-Pierre-de-Genens which was mostly destroyed during the religious wars in France.

Church in Aire sur l’Adour

Aire sur l’Adour

The Le Puy Camino circumvents the town of Aire sur l’Adour rather than going directly through it but it is well worth the small detour into town for a stop over. The town itself is split between the lower section that sits alongside the banks of the Adour river and the upper section that slopes up from the river bank. In the lower section you will find Aire Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. In the upper section of the town then you find the Gothic Church of St Quiteria which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here in the crypt lies the splendid, white marble sarcophagus of St Quiteria, dating from the 4th Century!

Lectoure to Aire Sur L’adour

Starting from € 621

LECTOURE

AIRE SUR L'ADOUR

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Itinerary

Day

1

km

LECTOURE

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 Century 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

31.3 km

LECTOURE CONDOM

Leaving Lectoure, we head down to the river Le Gers which we cross over before continuing through the countryside. We then reach the village of 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.

Day

3

16.4 km

CONDOM MONTREAL DU GERS

Today is a relatively short day. While the first half is mainly spent on dirt tracks through the gently undulating countryside dotted with lakes and streams, the second half brings us into direct contact with history. Indeed, passing by Larresingle (known as ‘the little Carcassonne’), lovers of fold stone buildings will be bowled over. Finally, we arrive in Montreal du Gers and its timber houses, the proud home of the biggest vineyard of Armagnac, the famous brandy in the region.

Day

4

16.6 km

MONTREAL DU GERS EAUZE

From Montreal du Gers, the Via Podiensis heads south towards Eauze. The first 8km 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 the official capital of Armagnac since 1802!

Day

5

19.7 km

EAUZE 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 theVia Podiensis or Le Puy route and consequently started using the Le Puy trail more regularly. The route then runs through the countryside and at the end of the day we arrive in Nogaro.

Day

6

29.7 km

NOGARO AIRE SUR L'ADOUR

Today, the Landes influence is more and more obvious as vines become rarer and pine trees start to appear in their place. We start our day mainly walking through cereal fields. The day is also punctuated with some of the prettiest villages and hamlets of the entire section, such as 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

km

AIRE SUR L'ADOUR

After breakfast, we bid you farewell. The town is split between the lower section that sits alongside the banks of the Adour river and the upper section that slopes up from the river. Explore this beautiful riverside town at your leisure and sample some of the local cuisine.

How to Get There

Fly into France

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

Fly into Bordeaux

From the airport, you can take a shuttle bus into the city and head for Bordeaux St Jean station. Get a train to Agen, then transfer to the bus station in town. Then you continue your journey by bus to Lectoure (Cours Gambetta). This journey takes 3 hours.

    Fly into Toulouse

    From Toulouse Airport, make your way to the St Cyprien Arenes train station. From there, head for Auch. Then, transfer to the bus station (Auch – Gare Routière) and go to Lectoure. This journey takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes.

      Getting home from Aire Sur L'adour, France

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

      Fly from Bordeaux

      The best route from Aire Sur l’Adour to Bordeaux is by a combination of bus and train. Head for the Officetourisme in Aire Sur l’Adour and catch the bus to Mont De Marsan. From there, switch to the train station and go to Bordeaux St Jean station. This journey takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. From there, it’s simple to transfer to the Bordeaux Airport.

        Fly from Toulouse

        From Aire Sur l’Adour, you can catch the bus from Aire S Ad-Pl Libert in the town to Auch (Gare Routière). Then, you switch to the train station in Auch and head for Toulouse. This journey takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. Then it’s simple to transfer to the airport.

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