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Full Le Puy Way

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Starting in Auvergne, famous for its green, dormant volcanoes, the Camino runs through green yet rocky, undulating landscapes. This leg may even seem to be more inhabited by grazing sheep and cattle than by man if it was not for its numerous medieval chapels, churches, towers and well-preserved towns that modern pilgrims encounter every day. 

Highlights

Le Puy en Velay

As the starting point for the Le Puy Camino in France, this small city has much to offer.  Two unique sites are the Cathedral and Hermitage that are perched atop ancient volcanoes and only accessible by climbing the many steps up.  The Cathedral of Notre Dame, dates from the 12th Century and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most distinctive Romanesque cathedrals in France. Be sure to also save some energy to wander the small streets flanked by tall pastel buildings of the old city.  Here you will find many shops and cafes as well as the famed lace makers of Le Puy.

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.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1

LE PUY EN VELAY
(Arrival

Le Puy-en-Velay is the historical starting point of Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route, and this is where archbishop Gothescalk departed from, in 950 AD, being the first ever pilgrim to reach the tomb of the apostle in Santiago de Compostela. Nowadays, UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city remind us of this time.

Day 2
22.6km

LE PUY EN VELAY to SAINT PRIVAT DALLIER

Starting at Notre-Dame du Puy Cathedral, the day is spent through the rounded green mountains of the Velay massif, offering beautiful scenery all day long, before reaching Saint-Privat d’Allier.

Day 3
18.5km

SAINT PRIVAT DALLIER to SAUGUES

This is a short enough walk but the consequent ascents and descents make it the most demanding stage of this first section. The rewarding side of it is that it offers wonderful views over the Velay massif and the Gévaudan plateau, and we also pass through picturesque villages and hamlets before arriving in Saugues.

Day 4
27.8km

SAUGUES to LES FAUX

Today, we leave Saugues and its Tour des Anglais to continue up to reach Le Sauvage, a farm domain perched on top of a hill and dating back to the times of the Templars. The Camino then continues to enter La Lozère département at the Saint-Roch chapel and we conclude our day in Les Faux.

Day 5
19.8km

LES FAUX to AUMONT-AUBRAC

From Les Faux, we reach Saint-Alban sur Limagnole and its Roman Church. Then, it is a steep climb up to Grazi?res-Mages. We then start our way down to Les Estrets through peaceful wood and farmlands. Finally, we reach Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the mythic Aubrac high plateaux.

Day 6
25.9km

AUMONT-AUBRAC to NASBINALS

As we leave Aumont-Aubrac, we start our way towards the inspiring Aubrac high plateau, walking on walled tracks, with endless flat grassland surrounding us. The walk ends up in Nasbinals, a charming village with a Romanesque church.

Day 7
16km

NASBINALS to ST CHELY D'AUBRAC

Today, the Camino reaches one of its highest points as we climb up to 1370 meters before walking down to the historic hamlet of Aubrac, a legendary stage on Via Podiensis. The whole walk between Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is listed at the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Day 8
22.7kkm

ST CHELY D'AUBRAC to ESPALION

Soon after crossing over Saint-Chély Bridge, we leave the typical scenery of the Aubrac to enter chestnut and beech woods. After this, we notice a more populated area and we reach medieval Saint-Come-d’Olt, one of the “prettiest villages of France”. It is then a nice stroll, climbing up a bit before getting down to the charming village of Espalion.

Day 9
26.5km

Espalion to GOLINHAC

Along the walk, the area is home to well preserved treasures from the past, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site list. The Camino then runs through woods and countryside before reaching yet another pretty village, Golinhac.

Day 10
20.4km

GOLINHAC to CONQUES

Countryside and peaceful woodland will be our backdrop all day long during this easy walk. Finally, we arrive in Conques, one of the nicest towns on the whole Via Podiensis or Le Puy Route!

Day 11
18.7km

CONQUES to DECAZEVILLE

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 12
29.4km

DECAZEVILLE to FIGEAC

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 13
30.2km

FIGEAC to CAJARC

There are many ups and downs during this long walking day. Leaving the pretty town of Figeac, we quickly go up to the high plateaux. The leg of the Camino between Faycelles and Cajarc is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. We arrive in Carjac, a pretty village on the banks of Le Lot River.

Day 14
17.4km

CAJARC to 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 15
20.9km

LIMOGNE EN QUERCY to LALBENQUE

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 16
17.8km

LALBENQUE to CAHORS

Today again, the area covered by the Camino is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list. As we approach Cahors, we can enjoy great views over the medieval town, before reaching the final destination of this section.

Day 17
31.1km

CAHORS to MONTCUQ

We first climb up stone steps to Pech d’Angely, 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 18
14.2km

MONTCUQ to LAUZERTE

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 19
24.5km

LAUZERTE to MOISSAC

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 20
20.6km

MOISSAC to AUVILLAR

The Camino follows the water all day long as we first start walking on towpaths along the Tarn river until the Lock of Espagnolette. 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 21
32.4km

AUVILLAR to LECTOURE

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.

Day 22
31.3km

LECTOURE to CONDOM

Leaving Lectoure, we head down to river Le Gers. 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.

Day 23
16.4km

CONDOM to MONTREAL DU GERS

Today is a relatively short 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. Finally, we arrive in Montreal du Gers and its timber houses, proud of being the biggest vineyard of Armagnac, the famous brandy.

Day 24
16.6km

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 walk ends up on Place d’Armagnac, in Eauze, another beautiful village and official capital of Armagnac since 1802.

Day 25
19.7km

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. At the end of the day, we arrive in Nogaro.

Day 26
29.7km

NOGARO to AIRE SUR L'ADOUR

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. At the end of the walk, we enter Les Landes département in another charming town rich in history: Aire-sur-l’Adour.

Day 27
33.8km

AIRE SUR L'ADOUR to ARZACQ ARRAZIGUET

We spend our day walking through les Landes département and its crop fields 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 28
29.8km

ARZACQ ARRAZIGUET to ARTHEZ EN BEARN

The beauty of the route today lies in the lovely paths taken along hillsides. The route runs through the rounded hills, passing by numerous villages and as many old churches, such as in Luvigny, Larreule or Caubin.

Day 29
31.2km

ARTHEZ EN BEARN to NAVARRENX

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

Day 30
34.7km

NAVARRENX to 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. We continue our way up and down with the Pyrenees getting closer and closer with each step. Finally, we reach Saint-Palais.

Day 31
10.5km

SAINT PALAIS to LARCEVEAU

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.

Day 32
18.2km

LARCEVEAU to SAINT JEAN PIED DE PORT

The last day runs through the hilly countryside of the Basque Country. The Camino goes up and down all day long, offering great views over the verdant countryside and passing through villages with typical Basque names. The journey ends up in the beautiful medieval Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Day 33

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 our French Way, from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona. You can also stay overnight in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

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How to Get There

To get to the start of this Camino, the closest airports are Lyon, Paris or Orly.
From the end of this walk, 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, and back to the airport at the end of your pilgrimage.



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