The Arles Way (GR 653), Chemin d’Arles or Voie d’Arles in French or Via Tolosana in Latin, was traditionally the route used by people from Italy and the South of France on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Although the traditional starting point is Arles in Provence, our full Arles Way walking tour departs from the lively city of Montpellier (check with our travel consultants if you’d like to start in Arles).
The Arles Camino route takes pilgrims from the Languedoc region in Sourthern France to Spain, joining the Camino Aragonés at Somport and the French Way at Puente de la Reina. Along the Arles Way, you will be enchanted by stunning landscapes, rich heritage and culture, as well as delicious food. The vineyards of Languedoc, the Canal du Midi and the breath taking Pyrenees are some of the route’s highlights. Enjoy discovering towns and villages of outstanding beauty along the way such as St Guilhem le Desert, Castres, Toulouse, Auch and Oloron Sainte Marie.
From Puente de la Reina, you can also continue all the way to Santiago de Compostela joining pilgrims on the famous Camino Frances.
Admire St Guilhem le Désert, one of France's most beautiful towns
Walk along the UNESCO-listed Canal du Midi
Treat your tastebuds to local delicacies
Take in the magnificent views of the Pyrenees
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How to Get There
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Montpellier Airport 12km: The shuttle bus serves the way between the airport and the city centre (stop: Place de l’Europe).Béziers airport (77km)
Béziers Airport 77km: Between the airport and the town Béziers, a shuttle bus exists (departures depend on the arrival/ departs of the flights, bus line 210). Then bus to Montpellier (1h).
Toulouse Airport 80km: From the airport to the station, you can take the shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a well-served train connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Castres (10 times/ day, 1h10 travel time). See http://www.voyages-sncf.co.uk/.
Castres Mazamet Airport 8km: Unfortunately, it is necessary to take a taxi between Castres and Castres airport, as there is no public transport (the distance is about 8km).
Toulouse Airport 8km: From the airport to the city, you can take the shuttle bus (“AERO”: every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See http://www.toulouse.aeroport.fr .The final stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). Other stops are on the way (e.g. the city centre).
Carcassonne Airport 90km: Between Toulouse (Matabiau) and Carcassonne, there is a train (taking approx. 45min). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com.
In Carcassonne, a shuttle bus links the city with the airport and is available 25 minutes after the arrival of a plane. See http://www.carcassonne-tourisme.com.
Puente de la Reina
All given connections are from/ to Pamplona. The way between Puente la Reina and Pamplona (approx. 20km) can be taken by a local bus. See www.laestellesa.co
Bilbao Airport 170km: Shuttle bus from Bilbao airport from/ to bilbao bus station (every 30min). Bus link Bilbao bus station with Pamplona (1h30) see: http://www.movelia.es/en/index.html, or train from Bilbao train station to Pamplona (2h), www.renfe.com.To: Zaragoza airport (160km)
A direct train connection between Zaragoza and Pamplona exists (7 times/ day. 2h). The way between the station in Zaragoza (named Delicias) and the airport can be taken by bus (every half an hour). See www.renfe.com.
Pamplona Airport 25km: Bus transfer between the airport and the city centre 2 times/ hour (about 15min travel time between Estacion de Autobuses (centre) and Noain, C/Real Nº 61 (airport). See www.infotuc.es/.