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Le Puy Way – Lectoure to Aire-sur-l’Adour 5/6

Walking Section 5 of 6

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The fifth section of the Le Puy Way or Via Podiensis, starts from the pretty town of Lectoure, in the heart of Le Gers and the famous Armagnac brandy producing region. On this section of the Le Puy Camino, pilgrims make their way across green countryside, peaceful woodlands, as well as the vast lush vineyards of Armagnac. As you approach the small village of La Romieu, pilgrims are welcome by the imposing tower of St Pierre Church where you should take some time to admire the 14th century cloister. Another important stop on the way is the city of Condom where you should stop to visit the magnificent St Peter’s Gothic Cathedral (and take a snap with the Three Musketeers!). The landscape will gradually change to crop fields and pine forests as you enter the Landes region, to reach the final stop for this section: the market town of Aire sur l’Adour.

Trip highlights

  • Take in the art and history of charming Lectoure
  • Admire the cloisters at St Peter's Collegiate Church in La Romieu
  • Walk the splendid vineyards of Armagnac, the famous brandy
  • Taste foie gras: the region's finest delicacy

1 Lectoure

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Your Camino de Santiago journey starts in the lovely walled town of Lectoure where you should visit its imposing cathedral, the castle of the Earls of Armagnac, the archaeological museum, the 18th tannery, the ramparts and Diane’s fountain. Pilgrims can also treat themselves to a natural spa, admire the views of the surrounding landscape or just wander the narrow streets of this pretty market town.

2 Lectoure to Condom - 29km

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7h | +555m / -663m
Today you have one of the longest days of the trail ahead. From Lectoure, the Camino de Santiago trail crosses lush countryside until Marsolan, where you should stop to rest, take in the views and visit its Romanesque church. From here, it is a very pleasant stroll through woodland and peaceful countryside. If you take the trail through the village of La Romieu, the tower of the St Pierre Collegiate church will welcome you from the distance. The 14th century cloister is a must-see. The Le Puy Way then will take you past the ruins of a former monastery, a pond and a war memorial before reaching today’s destination: the city of Condom. *Please note there are two options today: one option skips La Romieu (29km in total) and takes pilgrims straight to Condom. If you choose to take the trail to La Romieu the total walking distance for the day will be 35kms.

3 Condom to Montréal-du-Gers - 17km

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4h25 | +268m / -224m
Today is a relatively short walking day so you can take your time, pace yourself and enjoy the scenery. This section of the Le Puy Way from Condom is full of history and interesting architecture. On route you will pass the Eglise de Routges, the oldest church in the region. Passing a castle you will arrive in Montréal-du-Gers, home to the biggest vineyard of Armagnac, the famous brandy.

4 Montréal-du-Gers to Eauze - 16km

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4h | +245m / -201m
Today you have another short walking day ahead but the trail has some nice and steep inclines alongside lush vineyards. The first eight kilometres of the trail pass vineyards and pretty countryside until you reach the hamlet of Lamothe with its 13th century guard tower. The Camino de Santiago then heads down into the valley before a steady uphill trail takes you gently into the Place d’Armagnac in Eauze. Coin collectors and treasure enthusiasts should visit the local museum in Eauze where you will find a collection of 28,000 Roman coins.

5 Eauze to Nogaro - 20km

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5h | +281m / -329m
Today, the Camino continues through the vineyards of Armagnac and take you to the beautiful town of Manciet, a historic point on the Le Puy Way. In the Middle Ages, this is where pilgrims coming from Auch would meet those walking the Le Puy route.

6 Nogaro to Aire-sur-l'Adour - 35km

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7h30 | +335m / -346m
Today you will mainly be walking along cereal crops and farmland, also passing some of the prettiest villages and hamlets on the entire route. Pine trees will start to appear, as vineyards become rarer. From Nogaro to Aire sur l’Adour there is quite a bit of road walking but not much traffic, mainly tractors.

7 Aire-sur-l'Adour

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The town of Aire sur l’Adour is your final destination and a quiet market town by the river Adour. Must-visit in town: Aire Cathedral, built in the 11th century but renovated in the 14th and 17th centuries; the Gothic church of Sainte-Quitterie and the old grain market. We hoped you enjoyed your Camino trip!

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, comfort and price. Please note: Accommodation is subject to availability.

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.

Condom - 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.

Montreal du Gers - 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.

Eauze - 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.

Nogaro - 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.

Aire-sur-l'Adour - 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 Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Aire-sur-l’Adour Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Lectoure
Best option: Toulouse airport (100km)

Toulouse is the nearest airport, located 100km from Lectoure. 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/ to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.

 

How to get back form Aire-sur-l’Adour
Best Option: Bordeaux airport (150km)
Bordeaux airport is well connected to the UK and Ireland. EasyJet offers lights to London (Luton), Liverpool and Bristol. Ryanair serves flights to Cork and Aer Lingus connects Bordeaux with Dublin. It is also possible to take indirect flights via the busiest airports in Europe, e.g. via Paris (Orly and CDG with Air France), Amsterdam (with KLM), Madrid (with Iberia) or Munich (with Volotea). See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option (a): Toulouse airport (160km)
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 Toulouse, e.g. to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle), Milan (Malpensa), Rome (Fiumicino), Madrid or Porto. See www.skyscanner.com.
Other option (b): Pau airport (50km away)
Air France flights are available to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City). See www.skyscanner.com.

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Lectoure
From: Toulouse airport (100km)
The way from the airport to the station can be taken with the offered shuttle bus (“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.

 

How to get back form Aire-sur-l’Adour
To: Bordeaux airport (150km)
The way from/ to Bordeaux (Gare St-Jean) is served 3 times/ day (travel time approx. 3h-4h30): 2 times via Mont de Marsan and one time via Pau. The route from/ to Mont de Marsan and Pau can be taken by Autocar (coach bus), while the route from/ to Bordeaux can be taken by train (TER and TGV). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
For the transport between the station (Gare St.-Jean) and the airport, a shuttle service is provided (every 45min, travel time approx. 20min). See www.bordeaux.aeroport.fr.
To: Toulouse airport (160km)
The way from the airport to the station can be taken with the offered shuttle bus (“AERO”, departing every 20 min, taking approx. 40min). See www.toulouse.aeroport.fr.
The stop is Toulouse-Matabiau (train station). There is a connection between Toulouse-Matabiau and Aire sur l’Adour via Pau (twice a day, approx. 4h15 travel time). The way between Aire sur l’Adour and Pau can be taken by Autocar (coach bus), while an intercity train connects Pau with Toulouse. See www.voyages-sncf.com.
To: Pau airport (50km away)
Airport shuttle bus is available from/ to the train station every hour (except Sundays and public holidays). See www.pau.aeroport.fr.
Autocar (coach bus) connection between Pau and Aire sur l’Adour (stop: “Place du Général de Gaulle”) is offered (2 times/ day (one on Sunday), approx. 1h30 travel time). See: www.voyages-sncf.com.

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