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

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!