The Geneva Camino (GR653) or Geneva Way, Via Gebennensis in Latin or Jacobweg in German, is a relatively recent addition to the Camino de Santiago routes across Europe. It will take approximately 350km to walk from Geneva to le Puy, walking over 18 nights. This route was designed to guide walkers from Switzerland, Austria and Germany to Le Puy where they would continue along the traditional Camino Frances route.
This Camino route starts in cosmopolitan Geneva, in Switzerland, home to elegant Lake Geneva and its impressive ‘jet d’eau’ lake fountain. You will start your walk from the bohemian suburb of Carouge and walk up the city’s iconic Mont Salève mountain. As you walk into the heart of Haute Savoie, you will get exceptional views from summits and mountain passes, with the mighty Alps in the horizon.
You will finish the first part of this Camino route in the former walled town of Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers. Enjoy exploring the old town here. If you are walking the last week of the Geneva Camino you will be rewarded with mountainous views and tiny hamlets. Finishing in the beautiful town of Le Puy don’t forget to visit the famous Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy.
Besides the beautiful scenery, the Geneva Camino is dotted with picturesque French villages, vineyards and cultural attractions. It will also give you a chance to try exquisite local delicacies, such as the Savoyarde cheeses and cured meats; or the famous brioche with red pralines in St Genix. You can choose your start and finish points and customise all of the Camino ways.