The Arles Way, GR 653 (Fr: Chemin d’Arles or Voie d’Arles, La: Via Tolosana), was the route used traditionally by pilgrims from Italy and the South of France on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Although this Camino starts in Arles (Provence), our first section of the Arles Way starts in the bright and chic city of Montpellier on the Mediterranean Coast. This Camino route takes pilgrims from the Languedoc region in Sourthern France into Spain across the magnificent mountain landscapes of the Pyrenees.
This is the complete itinerary for the Arles Way to Santiago (Fr: Chemin d’Arles, La: Via Tolosana), with traditional stages. Please note that “splits” have not been included in the table.
|St Guilhem le Desert||20||The first section departs from the lively and multicultural city of Montpellier on the Mediterranean, capital of the Langedoc-Rousillon region . It is easy to access Montpellier via its international airport and it is a fantastic place to start your Camino, enjoying the buzz and nightlife of this lively city, home to one of the oldest Universities in the world.arles-way-st-guilhemOver 12 days, the Arles Way passes the impressive monastery village of St Guilhem le Desert (UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the prettiest towns in France), heads up to the rugged and rocky Larzac plateau and finishes in the pretty town of Castres.|
|Saint Jean de la Blaquiere||25|
|Saint Gervais sur Mare||23,5|
|Col du Ginestet||13|
|Murat sur Vebre||12|
|La Salvetat sur Agout||21|
|Dourgne||22||Walking from Castres to Toulouse, the second section of the Arles Way of the Camino de Santiago, will take you 8 days. Leaving the Languedoc-Rousillon region and its famous vineyards, the Camino then follows the Canal du Midi for three walking days. The Canal is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural importance.|
|St Felix Lauragais||16|
|L’Isle Jourdain||25||This section of the Arles Way starts in vibrant, arty Toulouse (also in the heart of France’s rugby region!). Toulouse has been called the Pink City both for its characteristic pink brick buildings but also for its tradition of open mindedness. The route takes pilgrims across the land of the Cathars and you will find many castle remains along the way. The final point of this 11-day holiday is Oloron Sainte Marie, at the foot of the Pyrenees.|
|Oloron Sainte Marie||20||The fourth section of the Arles Way heads from the foot of the Pyrenees, in Oloron Sainte Marie, to the Pyrenees. Magnificent mountain views will reward your effort, as the trail reaches the town of Jaca after crossing the Somport pass. The Somport pass was the most popular and safest route for pilgrims heading to Santiago until the 12th century.|
|Berdun||30||The last section of the Arles Way to Santiago leaves Jaca, former capital of the Kingdom of Aragón, and passes beautiful towns such as Berdún and the Leyre Monastery before finishing in Puente la Reina (20km south of Pamplona) where the routes joins the French Way. Ready to keep walking? Only 800km to Santiago de Compostela!|
|Puente la Reina||31|