The Geneva Way (GR653) or Geneva Camino, Jacobweg in German or Via Gebennensis in Latin (#viagebennensis), is a relatively new Camino de Santiago route, an extension of the classic Le Puy Way.
The route starts in cosmopolitan and elegant Geneva with its iconic lake and impressive ‘jet d’eau’ fountain. From the bohemian neighbourhood of Carouge, the Camino takes you of Geneva city climbing to its famous mountain, Mont Salève. From here you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views of Lake Geneva, the Alps and the Jura mountains. As you walk further into Haute Savoie, you will get exceptional views from summits and mountain passes, with the mighty Alps in the horizon. The Geneva Way is dotted with picturesque French villages, vineyards and stunning scenery. Make sure you try the exquisite local delicacies, such as the Savoyarde cheeses and cured meats; or the famous brioche with red pralines in St Genix. Read more Geneva Way Camino articles on our blog.
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This 350km trail was developed in the early 90s by the Association Rhône-Alpes des Amis de Saint-Jacques as a continuation of the GR 65 linking Geneva with Le Puy, to facilitate the way to Santiago for pilgrims coming from Switzerland and further afield in Germany and Northern Europe.
The Geneva Way gives walkers exceptional views the Alps, the Jura and the Massif Central, taking in beautiful country scenery, charming villages and tasting some delicious mountain cuisine.