The Le Puy Way GR65 Chemin du Puy in French or Via Podiensis in Latin (#viapodiensis), starts in the breathtaking town of Le Puy-en-Velay, close to Lyon, in France. This is the most popular of the Camino de Santiago routes in France. Both the Geneva Way and the Cluny Way connect with the Le Puy Way at Le Puy-en-Velay while the route joins up with the French Way Camino Francés, in Saint-Jean-Pied de Port, on the French side of the Pyrenees. The Le Puy route is a superb hike through stunning countryside and some of the most beautiful towns in France. The volcanic landscapes of Velay, the Aubrac plateau, the towns of Conques and Quercy, the splendid vineyards of Armagnac brandy and the outstanding Pyrenees Mountains are some of its highlights. Read more Le Puy Way Camino articles on our blog.
The full Le Puy Way takes just over 1 month to complete or you can choose to walk one of the sections.
|Section 1||Le Puy en Velay||–|
|Saint Privat d’Allier||24||During this holiday you will travel along the first section of the Le Puy Way, part of the famous Camino de Santiago de Compostela; the Way of Saint James.This first section of the Camino de Santiago links the historical Le Puy-en-Velay to Aumont-Aubrac. Starting in Auvergne, famous for its volcanoes, the Camino runs through green yet rocky landscapes.|
|Nasbinals||26||On the second section of the Le Puy Way, which is part of the famous Camino de Santiago you will walk along the high Aubrac plateau, which is a tranquil landscape of green fields and volcanic rocks. For the second part of this section you will walk into the lovely Lot valley.|
|St. Chely d’Aubac||17|
|Decazeville||20||The third section of the Le Puy Way connects two of the prettiest cities on the whole Le Puy Route: Conques and Cahors. You will have the chance to visit historic cathedrals and walk through peaceful landscapes all the way. The way goes through gentle hills, wall-lined tracks on high plateaus and UNESCO World Heritage sites.|
|Mas de Vers||27|
|Montcuq||29||This section of the Le Puy Way of the Camino de Santiago takes you from Cahors to Lectoure by way of the beautiful Lot and Garonne valleys. The green round hills of the area, the rich historical heritage and numerous medieval buildings ensure that this region has plenty to offer!|
|Condom||29||The fifth section of the Le Puy Way, part of the famous Camino de Santiago, brings you into traditional and farmland landscapes. This section of the Camino de Santiago starts in Le Gers département, home to the famous Armagnac brandy. Approaching Aire-sur-l’Adour, the landscape slowly changes into pinewoods and crop fields as you enter Les Landes.|
|Montreal du Gers||17|
|Section 6||Aire sur l’Adour||35|
|Arzacq||35||On this holiday you will travel along the last section of the Le Puy Way, part of the famous Way of Saint James. Starting in Aire-sur-l’Adour in the Landes region you will promptly enter the French Basque Country before finally reaching the foothills of the Pyrenees in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, which is both the end of the Le Puy Route and the beginning of the French Way of the Camino de Santiago.|
|Arthez de Bearn||29|
|Carrefour de Larceveau||14|
|Saint Jean Pied de Port||17|
Le Puy-en-Velay is the impressive starting point of the Le Puy Way. Le-Puy-en-Velay has some stunning highlights like the Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe chapel perched on the top of a 85-metre high volcanic rock, its very special Notre-Dame du Puy Cathedral and the Notre-Dame statue overlook the city. After leaving Le Puy, the route is a fantastic rural hike through areas of outstanding natural beauty such as the Aubrac plateau and the Pyrenees, as well as gorgeous towns and villages. It used to be said that the Le Puy route passes some of the most beautiful villages in France, until it reaches its final point in St Jean Pied de Port. There, the most dedicated pilgrims can continue their way to Santiago de Compostela along the famous French Way.
You will be pleasantly surprised by the varied scenery along this route. From high, empty plateaus to the Lot region with its vast green landscape and abundance of trees. This is a beautiful way of walking one of the four main pilgrimage routes through France. The route is well marked with red and white stripes painted on tree trunks, stone walls and even houses along the route. Some of the mountain ranges along this way are steep but you will find beautiful resting points in historic villages and towns with gothic and romanesque features.