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Le Puy Way – Cahors to Lectoure 4/6

Walking Section 4 of 6

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The fourth section of the Le Puy Way, or Via Podiensis, takes pilgrims from the medieval city of Cahors to the walled hilltop town of Lectoure.

This stretch of the Le Puy Camino route crosses the lush valleys of the Lot and Garonne rivers; and you will be also passing quaint little villages, peaceful hamlets and historic towns with plenty to see and taste! The impressive cloisters of the 7th century Romanesque Abbey of Saint Pierre in Moissac are not to be missed. Once you reach charming Lectoure, we recommend you treat yourself to the most scrumptious foie gras, a regional delicacy; as well as the classic soufflé made with local Armagnac brandy.

Trip highlights

  • Sample Cahors' famous 'black wine' with Causses blue cheese
  • Climb the stone stairs to Pech d'Angely for great views of the Lot valley
  • Spot St James in the spectacular cloister of Saint Pierre Abbey in Moissac
  • Feel like a medieval pilgrim in the pretty village of Montcuq

1 Cahors

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Your starting point is the wonderful city of Cahors, by the Lot River and surrounded by steep cliffs. If you arrive in the morning, you might catch the market that takes place by the cathedral. Must see in the city of ‘black wine’: the impressive 14th century Valentré Bridge, Saint-Etienne Cathedral, the old town’s quaint lanes with their unique medieval architecture, as well as wonderful neo-classical buildings. Cahors is one of the most beautiful cities of the whole Le Puy Camino route!

2 Cahors to Montcuq - 29km

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8h | +586m / -526m
From Cahors, the Le Puy Camino route climbs up giving you a good view of Cahors down in the valley, before continuing to the Causses limestone plateau. On your way you will pass the villages of Labastide-Marnhac, Hospitalet and the pretty little village of Lascabanes where you can have a break by the lovely chapel. Lascabanes had a pilgrims hospital in the 15th century and the tiny church still offers a pilgrim blessing everyday at 6pm. Your stop for tonight is Montcuq: a small but lovely hilltop town of quaint streets with a medieval feel. For great views of the town and surrounding landscape, walk up to the 12th century tower at the top of town.

3 Montcuq to Lauzerte - 14km

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3h30 | +403m / -464m
The Le Puy Camino route today has a few ascents and descents in store all the way to Lauzerte. The trail has less woodlands and more farmland and crop fields today, until you reach the beautiful village of Lauzerte with its pretty medieval houses. You will find a modern statue of Saint James in the church of Saint Barthélmy.

4 Lauzerte to Moissac - 25km

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6h | +521m / -549m
Today is one of the easiest walking days, as you make your way towards Moissac on quiet countryside tracks, crossing woodlands, crop fields and vineyards. Your stop for the night is the town of Moissac, by the Garonne River and its canals. Here you shouldn’t miss the Saint Pierre Abbey, founded in the 7th century, and its impressive cloisters.

5 Moissac to Auvillar - 19km

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5h15 | +373m / -332m
From Moissac, the Le Puy Camino follows the Garonne River (you will get fantastic views of the valley from the tiny hamlet of Boudou) for most of today, then crosses the canal at Malause before climbing up towards the town of Auvillar. From Auvillar you’ll enjoy good views of the valley below. Auvillar is another lovely town with cobbled streets and a distinctive medieval feel. In the pretty main square with wooden frame arched buildings you will find a unique circular market hall. Auvillar also has the title of ‘one of France’s most beautiful towns’.

6 Auvillar to Lectoure - 32km

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8h | +692m / -629m
Today you leave Le Lot department to enter the farmlands of Le Gers. The Camino takes you today to lovely villages such as Flamarens where you are surrounded by hundreds of acres of sunflowers and Miradoux and its Gothic church. From there you will slowly descend across lush fields before reaching Lectoure, a historic walled town with an impressive cathedral, ramparts and great views of the surrounding countryside.

7 Lectoure

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Before you finish your trip, make sure you explore the great town of Lectoure, designated ‘town of art and history’ by the French authorities and one of the oldest towns in Gers. Not to miss in this historic spa town: the ramparts, the Albinhac Tower, Bourreau Tower, the old castle of the Counts of Armagnac, the Diane fountain, the church of Saint-Gervais-Saint Protais and the Holy Spirit Church or Chapel of Saint-Gény. Lectoure is also in the Armagnac region so treat yourself to a tipple of the famous brandy or the deliciously sweet souffle d’Armagnac.

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.

Cahors - 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.

Montcuq - 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.

Lauzerte - 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.

Moissac - 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.

Auvillar - 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.

Lectoure - 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.

Cahors Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Lectoure Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Cahors
Best option: Toulouse airport (105km)
The nearest airport to Cahors is Toulouse Airport. Aer Lingus offers flights from Dublin. London (Gatwick) is served by easyJet, London (Heathrow) by British airways. Jet2 offers flights from/ to Manchester and Edinburgh. EasyJet also has many other routes to Toulouse, e.g. from Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.

Other option: Paris airports (600km away)
The two airports in Paris (Charles de Gaulle [CDG] and Orly) belong to the major hubs in Europe and many airlines operate in Paris.

How to get back from Lectoure
Best option: Toulouse airport (100km)
Aer Lingus offers flights to Dublin. London (Gatwick) is served by easyJet, London (Heathrow) by British airways. Jet2 offers flights from/ to Manchester and Edinburgh. EasyJet also has many other routes from/ to Toulouse, e.g. to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Cahors
From: Toulouse airport (105km)
You can take the shuttle bus from Toulouse Airport to Toulouse-Matabiau train station. The bus is called “AERO” and departs every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr.
The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a well-served train connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Cahors (approx. 1h30 travel time). See www.voyages-sncf.co.uk.
From: Paris airports (600km away)
A direct train route from/ to Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz) is available (5 times/ day, taking approx 5h15.). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
From/ to CDG-airport from/ to Paris d’Austerlitz: From the airport, take the RER train to St. Michel (Notre dame, 45min travel time). From this station, there is a metro (line 10) to Paris d’Austerlitz (10min). See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.
The way between Orly and d’Austerlitz is linked with metro: Take the metro (line 10) to Pont de Rungis and then the shuttle bus to the airport. See www.aeroportsdeparis.fr.

 

How to get back from Lectoure

To: Toulouse airport (100km)
You can take the shuttle bus from the main station back to Toulouse Airport. (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr. The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (central station).
There is a connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Lectoure via Agen (3 times) or Auch (once a day) . The way between Lectoure and Agen/ Auch can be taken by Autocar (The way between Auch and Toulouse as well), while an intercity train connects Agen with Toulouse. The total travel time is approx. 2h-4h. See www.voyages-sncf.com.

More Info on getting to Cahors

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