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Le Puy Camino - Via Podiensis

732km

of walking trails

30 +

days of walking

6

different stages

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Starting in Auvergne, famous for its green, dormant volcanoes, the Camino runs through green yet rocky, undulating landscapes. From the high plateau of the Massif Central, pilgrims drop to the valley of the Lot River, following a road connecting a series of picture-perfect French villages. Next, pilgrims cross an expanse of Gascony, an ancient region bordering Spain in the south east with its own unique culture (even in the South of France), before finally arriving in the French Basque Country and the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
Starting in Auvergne, famous for its green, dormant volcanoes, the Camino runs through green yet rocky, undulating landscapes. From the high plateau of the Massif Central, pilgrims drop to the valley of the Lot River, following a road connecting a series of picture-perfect French villages. Next, pilgrims cross an expanse of Gascony, an ancient region bordering Spain in the south east with its own unique culture (even in the South of France), before finally arriving in the French Basque Country and the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
On our second section of Via Podiensis, the Camino runs between Aumont-Aubrac and Conques. The area the Camino crosses is almost legendary on the Via Podiensis or Le Puy route as it goes through the austere high Aubrac plateau, an isolated landscape fairly unique in French topography home to green and dormant volcanoes. The second half of the walking holiday enters the livelier Lot valley, with the constant sight and sound of the river a relaxing companion.
From Conques to Cahors, this third 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 on the far side of the river. This gentle section of the Via Podiensis allows for ample exploration away from the daily hike. Walking along wall-lined tracks on the high plateaux, drinking coffee on shaded terraces in peaceful villages, sightseeing at UNESCO World Heritage sites, these are part of the daily experiences pilgrims can enjoy during this section.
On this fourth 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 of numerous mediaeval buildings at almost every stopover, make this leg of the Camino a beautiful walking holiday for anybody seeking both natural and cultural sites.

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!

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.


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