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Le Puy Way – Aumont-Aubrac to Conques 2/6

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The second section of the Le Puy Way, the Via Podiensis, is probably one of the most spectacular in terms of scenery and historic towns visited along the way. Pilgrims on this section of the Le Puy Camino route in France start their journey from the town of Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the peaceful tracks of the wild and fascinating Aubrac Plateau.

After the rugged landscapes of Aubrac, pilgrims reach the magnificent Lot Valley where you will feel like you are stepping back in time in spectacular medieval towns such as Saint Come d’Olt, Espalion and Estaing. The trail takes you all the way to Conques, the most beautiful of them all. Perched on a hillside and surrounded by lush mountains and forests, Conques is a magical little village to finish your Camino journey. Its Abbey dedicated to Sainte Foy has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 9th century.

The Le Puy Camino route in France is marked as a GR trail with red and white stripes; as well as the scallop shells and yellow Camino arrows.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Standard:
    • 7 days/ 6 Nights. Stay in our hand-picked accommodation.
    • Split – 8 days/ 7 Nights. This tour includes an extra walking day to split your third walking day in two. You will walk 16km to Saint-Come-d’Olt and walk the remaining 6km to Espalion the following day.

Trip highlights

  • Walk the peaceful tracks of wild Aubrac
  • Be amazed by wonderful scenery
  • Step back in time in spectacular medieval villages
  • Treat yourself to delicious food with a sip of the local wine

1 Aumont-Aubrac

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Aumont-Aubrac, gateway to the Aubrac Plateau, has a long history of hosting Camino pilgrims. Back in medieval times, the town was an important stop for pilgrims coming from the East on the Le Puy Camino route, and they rested here before tackling the isolated lands of Aubrac.

2 Aumont-Aubrac to Nasbinals - 26km

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7h | +536m / -404m
Today, the Via Podiensis takes pilgrims along walled tracks across the Aubrac Plateau, grasslands all around you and only sheep for company. Stop for a rest at the granite fountain and trough in the remote hamlet of Rieutort d’Aubrac before continuing your Camino through sleepy villages to the town of Nasbinals, your stop for the night. Make sure to visit the 11th century Romanesque church in Nasbinals.

3 Nasbinals to Saint-Chély d'Aubrac - 17km

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4h30 | +287m / -655m
Today, the Le Puy Camino route ascends to one of its highest points at 1370 metres above sea level. Along the way, you will reach the hamlet of Aubrac, founded by a Flemish knight in the 12th century, as a refuge for passing pilgrims. After Aubrac you will continue on forest paths and reach the hamlet of Belvezet and the remains of its 13th century castle. Your stop for the night is the pretty town of Saint-Chély d’Aubrac.

4 Saint-Chély d'Aubrac to Espalion - 22km

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5h30 | +396m / -863m
From Saint-Chély, the Le Puy Way starts descending to the superb Lot Valley, home to some of the most beautiful villages in France (an official accreditation in France). The first one is Saint-Côme-d’Olt on the banks of the Lot River. Its old quarter has a distinctive medieval feel; spot the twisted spire in its pretty church and the street names you will notice are written in both French and Occitan. From Saint-Côme-d’Olt is only a leisurely stroll to Espalion, also along the Lot River. Espalion has a picturesque medieval bridge over the Lot and a lovely river front: the buildings with characteristic wooden balconies, used to be old tanneries.

Easy Walk Option Stay in Saint-Come-d'Olt - 16km & 6km

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2h45 | +198m / -426m
You have the option to split the long walking day above, from Saint-Chély d’Aubrac to Espalion, into two stages of 16km and 6km. You have the option to spend the night in the charming town of Saint-Come-d’Olt.

5 Espalion to Golinhac - 27km

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7h | +851m / -552m
Today’s walk continues along the Lot Valley where many more beautiful sights await. The beautiful Romanesque church of Bessuéjouls is one of the oldest along the route and has a 11th century chapel in the bell tower; the village of Estaing is another spectacular sight with its impressive castle welcoming pilgrims from the distance. Strolling its quaint medieval streets you’ll feel like you are stepping back in time. The Le Puy Camino route continues through woods and lush countryside along the Lot River until you reach your stop for the night: the pretty village of Golinhac.

6 Golinhac to Conques - 21km

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5h15 | +473m / -798m
Today is an easy walk across wonderful countryside and peaceful woodlands before arriving in Conques, one of the most spectacular villages of the whole Le Puy Camino route. Conques is a fairy-tale village of quaint cobbled lanes, medieval wooden beam houses and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and forests. Pilgrims have traditionally walked to Conques to visit the relics of Sainte Foy, in the Abbey of Sainte Foy, one of the most significant treasures on the Via Podiensis and not to be missed.

7 Conques

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Make sure you explore Conques before you finish your trip. The Romanesque Abbey of Sainte Foy, in the centre of the village, has been a pilgrimage destination since the 9th century. From the chapel of Saint Roch (heading towards the medieval bridge over the Dourdou River) you’ll get lovely views of the whole village, perched on a hillside, and the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding this magical place. Did you know the name Conques comes from the Latin for ‘shell’?

Hotels & country cottages have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. They are subject to availability and if the hotel described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort & price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

Aumont-Aubrac - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Nasbinals - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Saint-Chély d'Aubac - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Espalion - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Golinhac - Standard

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.

Conques - Standard / Superior

Standard: For our Standard Accommodation, we have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino de Santiago trail.
Superior Collection: Stay in the best hotels on the Camino de Santiago: we have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes and stunning heritage ‘Parador’ hotels so you can feel pampered.

Aumont-Aubrac Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Conques Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Aumont-Aubrac
Best Option: Lyon airport (220km)
EasyJet operates in Lyon, serving flights from London (Stansted & Gatwick), Edinburgh. Aer Lingus has a route between Lyon and Dublin. It is possible to get flights to the busiest airports in Europe, e.g. London Heathrow (British airways), Madrid (easyJet), Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly, both with Air France), Frankfurt am Main (Lufthansa) or Porto (easyJet). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Rodez airport (90km)
Rodez airport is a small airport, having some international destinations. With Ryanair, routes are served from London (Stansted), Dublin, Brussels (S. Charleroi). With Airlinair, a connection from Paris (Orly) exists. See www.skyscanner.com.

How to get back from Conques
Best option: Rodez airport (40km away)
Rodez airport is a small airport with some international and domestic destinations. With Ryanair, routes are served to London (Stansted), Dublin, Brussels (S. Charleroi). With Airlinair, a connection to Paris (Orly) exists. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option: Aurillac Tronquiere (50km away)
With Airlinair, a connection to Paris (Orly) exists. See www.skyscanner.com

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Aumont-Aubrac
From: Lyon airport (220km)
The “Rhonexpress” (shuttle train) connects the airport with the city centre and the train station (named Lyon Part Dieu)(every 15min, approx. 30 min travel time). See www.rhonexpress.fr.
A train connection between Lyon and Aumont-Aubrac and Lyon (Part Dieu) exists (3 times/ day, approx. 6h). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From: Rodez airport (90km)
To get to Rodez you need to change in Severac le Chateau or Millau: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac/ Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service from the airport, but it is possible to get a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.

How to get back from Conques
To: Rodez airport (40km away)
The easiest option is to take the bus (mon-fri): There is one bus per day, taking 1h-1h30. See www.tourisme-conques.fr.
You will need to change in Severac le Chateau or Millau to get to Rodez: Between Aumont-Aubrac and Severac le Chateau/ Millau, an “autocar” (coach bus) links the train stations, while between Severac/ Millau and Rodez, a train connection is available. The complete route can be taken twice a day, one via Millau and the second via Severac. Travel time is 2h30 (via Severac) and 3h45 (via Millau)). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
Unfortunately, there is no public transport service netween Rodez town centre and the airport, but it is possible to take a taxi. See www.rodezairport.com.
To: Aurillac Tronquiere (50km away)
The airport in Aurillac can only be reached by car. See www.aeroport.fr.

More Info on getting to Aumont-Aubrac

Please select from our available tours below and proceed to booking. Contact the team if you have any special requests.


Select your trip

1. Tour options - Select your trip type

  • Stay in selected accommodation, all rooms en-suite. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €784
    Double/Twin Room
    €628
  • This tour includes an additional walking day, splitting your third walking day in two. You will stay in the town of Saint-Come-d'Olt. Price pp, half board.

    Single Room
    €922
    Double/Twin Room
    €741

2. Select Date

3. No. of rooms

  • Single (1 bed)
  • Twin Rooms (2 beds)
  • Double (1 large bed for 2)

What's Included

  • Luggage transfered from hotel to hotel
  • Rooms en-suite
  • Half Board
  • Holiday pack: inc. notes & map(s) & pilgrim passport, what to bring, useful information

We also offer

  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)