Le Puy Route

The most popular of the Camino de Santiago routes in France

 

Le Chemin du Puy, or Le Puy Route, is the most popular of the Camino de Santiago routes in France.

Starting from the monumental pilgrim town of Le-Puy-en-Velay in Auvergne, southern France, the route runs through the volcanic hills of the Velay region and the foothills of the Pyrenees before joining the Camino Frances in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, on the French side of the Pyrenees.

It takes on average 4 to 5 weeks to walk Le Chemin du Puy. The 736km long route is well-waymarked throughout as the GR65, with the red and white balises of the French Grande Randonée network.

Similarly to the Camino Frances, the Chemin du Puy was the "classic" and most frequented pilgrimage route to Santiago in France. Pilgrims gathered at the Puy Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to be blessed each morning before starting their pilgrimage. The whole route is filled with pilgrim churches, historic monuments, abbeys and cathedrals.

There are many options for your journey. You can tackle the full Puy Route as one complete journey, or break it up into smaller sections to be completed at your leisure, year on year. You should 'Walk the Way, your Way'. Contact us and we will create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.

Starting from the monumental pilgrim town of Le-Puy-en-Velay, the route runs through the volcanic hills of southern France to the foothills of the Pyrenees

 

Starting from the monumental pilgrim town of Le-Puy-en-Velay in the Auvergne region, the route runs through the beautiful hills of southern France before joining the Camino Frances in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, on the French side of the Pyrenees.

It takes on average 4 to 5 weeks to walk Le Chemin du Puy. The 736km long route is well-waymarked throughout as the GR65, with the red and white balises of the French Grande Randonée network.

As France's major pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, the Chemin is filled with a thousand years of pilgrimage culture and architecture. The Puy Route is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with pilgrim churches, historic monuments, abbeys and cathedrals spread all along the way.

There are many options for your journey. You can choose to take 7 days or 7 weeks out of your busy life. We are experts in the Camino and have considerable experience tailoring walking tours of the Puy Route. Contact us and we will create a personalised itinerary designed specifically around your needs and interests.

Comfortable, small establishments with high levels of personal service

 

We usually choose comfortable, small, family run establishments on the Camino. All rooms have en-suite facilities. We believe that our high level of personal service and customer care offers the best in the local food, culture and history.

We prefer to offer all accommodation on a Bed and Breakfast basis to allow you the chance to try local dishes in the immediate vicinity. This allows you the widest range of French cuisine and the chance to soak up the local atmosphere.

If your budget allows, we can suggest some superb accommodation upgrades, as we often work with the top-end establishments on the Camino.

The Chemin de Saint-Jacques in France is burgeoning with culture, history and many sights to be seen

 

The most popular highlights amongst our clients walking Le Puy Route are:
» Towns, history and landscape of the Chemin in France
» Delicious French gastronomy and wines

 

Towns, history and landscape of the Chemin in France

 

As France's major pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, the Chemin is filled with a thousand years of pilgrimage culture and architecture. Le Puy Route is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with pilgrim churches, historic monuments, abbeys and cathedrals spread all along the way.

 

Delicious French gastronomy and wines

 

Walk through southern France whilst indulging your culinary senses. With an abundance of small inns along the way, pilgrims walking Le Puy Route have enjoyed the local food and wine for over a thousand years.

Every town in the Camino has a variety of inns and small restaurants, so there will be plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the world-famous French gastronomy and locally-produced wines.

At a glance...

Date: All year round

Cost: From £495pp / $779pp / €579pp per week. We can book your air connections and local transfers.

Accommodation:
A range of hand picked hotels and inns, all with en suite accommodation.

Grade: Easy to Medium

How to get there:
Various start points throughout France. Air, bus and rail connections available. We can book your air connections and car.

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