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Le Puy Way – Aire-sur-l’Ardour to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port 6/6

Walking Section 6 of 6

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The last section of the Le Puy Way, also known as the Via Podiensis, takes pilgrims through the beautiful French Basque countryside. Starting in the market town of Aire-sur-l’Adour, by the river Adour, the Camino de Santiago trail soon leaves the Landes region for the rolling hills, woodlands, lakes and rivers of the French Basque Country. You will notice the change in architecture and also the place names, now written in both French and Basque (Euskera). On parts of the trail you will get great views of the Pyrenees in the distance on a clear day. Along the way, stop at the 13th century castle of Chateau de Mongaston; admire the views from the 16th century walls of Navarrenx and have a rest at Hiriburia’s Stelle de Gibraltar, where all the French Camino routes meet. Crossing the River Laurhibar you will reach the foothills of the Pyrenees and finally enter Saint Jean Pied de Port by the St James Gate. Saint Jean is both the end of the Le Puy Camino route and the starting point of the French Way of the Camino de Santiago, so you will encounter many pilgrims ready to start their journey. It is another 800kms from here to Santiago!

Trip highlights

  • Taste delicious local cuisine along the way
  • Admire Navarrenx old town and its 16th century walls
  • Hike the tranquil countryside of the French Basque Country
  • Enter St Jean Pied the Port by the St James Gate

1 Aire-sur-l'Adour

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Your Camino de Santiago journey on the Le Puy Way starts in the market town of Aire sur l’Adour in the Landes region. Before you set off, visit Aire Cathedral, built in the 11th century and renovated in the 14th and 17th centuries; the Gothic church of Sainte-Quitterie and the old grain market hall.

2 Aire-sur-l'Adour to Arzacq-Arraziguet - 35km

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8h30 | +492m / -339m
Lush green countryside dotted with hamlets and ancient buildings such as medieval chapels and wash-houses make most of your first day on the Le Puy Way. It is a demanding walking day, mainly due to its length rather than the difficulty of the trail. When you reach Arzacq-Arraziguet, visit the parish church of Saint Pierre where you can spot a stained-glass window of St James.

3 Arzacq-Arraziguet to Arthez-de-Béarn - 29km

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7h15 | +509m / -517m
Today, the Le Puy Camino route takes you across rolling hills and past many villages such as Louvigny, Larreule (the 10th century Benedictine Monastery was important stop for medieval pilgrims) and Caubin. In Uzan, visit the beautiful rural church of Sainte Quitterie and stone fountain. Your stop for the night is the town of Arthez-de-Béarn, with its distinctive Basque architecture.

4 Arthez-de-Béarn to Navarrenx - 30km

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7h30 | +565m / -642m
A long walking day ahead today. A few long uphill stretches will add some difficulty to this pleasant section of the Le Puy Camino trail. A long descent through a forest will take you to the lovely walled town of Navarrenx, the first place in France to be fortified with Italian style ramparts in the 16th century.

5 Navarrenx to Saint-Palais - 30km

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6h45 | +476m / -542m
Today the Le Puy trail takes you through woodlands and peaceful countryside before reaching Lichos, and you will enter the French Basque Country. You will pass the Chateau de Mongaston originally built in the 13th century. Stop at the Romanesque church of St Ettienne in Aroue and if you wish make a slight detour and visit the lovely Romanesque church of St Just in Olhaiby. You will hike in the foot of the Pyrenees, following the D11 and the signs for Saint-Palais, your stop for the night.

6 Saint-Palais to Larceveau - 14km

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4h15 | +504m / -387m
From St Palais you can rejoin the GR65 again at Hiriburia, following the D302 road (South) or following the markings from the Vezelay Way. At Hiriburia you will find the Stelle de Gibraltar, where all the Camino routes from France meet. The Le Puy trail then takes you across rolling countryside before reaching the chapel of Soyarce where you will get amazing views over the Pyrenees. Next you will reach the village of Ostabat, today a small village but an important stop for medieval pilgrims. Your stop for the night is the village of Larceveau.

7 Larceveau to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - 17km

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4h15 | +298m / -315m
Your last day on the Le Puy Way takes you across the rural Basque Country before reaching St James Gate and entering the stunning medieval town of Saint Jean Pied de Port, at the foothills of the Pyrenees. St Jean is a small border town on the river Nive but always busy with Camino pilgrims, as it is the starting point of the French Way to Santiago.

8 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is the second most popular starting point for Camino pilgrims. 20,000 people per year choose to start their Camino here and take the opportunity to explore this beautiful walled town where many Camino ways coming from France converge. From the Mendiguren Citadele you will get a panoramic view of the town and the surrounding area.

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.

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.

Arzacq - 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.

Arthez de Bearn - 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.

Navarrenx - 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 Palais - 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.

Carrefour de Larceveau - 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 Jean Pied de Port - 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.

Aire-sur-l’Adour Average Temperature & Rainfall

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St Jean Pied de Port Average Temperature & Rainfall

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Flying IN and OUT

How to get to Aire-sur-l’Adour
Best Option: Bordeaux airport (150km)
Bordeaux airport is well connect to the UK and Ireland. EasyJet offers lights from/ to London (Luton), Liverpool and Bristol. Ryanair serves flights from/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 from/ 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. from/ 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 from/ to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City). See www.skyscanner.com.
How to get back from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Best Option: Biarritz airport (55km)
Ryanair flights from/ to Dublin, London (Stansted) and Brussels (St Charleroi), easyJet (Paris (Charles de Gaulle). See www.biarritz.aeroport.fr.

Other option: Pau airport (90km)
Air France flights are available from/ to Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and London (City)

Transfers to and from Airport

How to get to Aire-sur-l’Adour
From: 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.
From: 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.
From: 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.
How to get back from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
To: Biarritz airport (55km)
A train connection (via Bayonne) is available (from Biarritz: 4 times/day (approx. 1h45), to Biarritz: 2 times/ day (approx. 1h45). See www.voyages-sncf.com.
The way from each station (Bayonne and Biarritz) can be taken by bus. See http://en.biarritz.aeroport.fr/ .
For the transport from/ to the airport, the easiest way is to choose the offered shuttle bus, please check: www.biarritzairporttransfers.com (Prices depend on the group size).
To: Pau airport (90km)
Airport Shuttle bus is available from/ to the train station every hour (except sundays and public holidays). See http://www.pau.aeroport.fr/.
Train connection between Pau and St Jean (5 times/ day, with a change in Bayonne). See: www.bonjourlafrance.com/.

More Info on getting to Aire-sur-l'Adour

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  • Stay in our hand-picked accommodation. Price pp, half board.

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    €741

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

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  • Airport Transfers, Hotel Upgrades (where available)