A wild and natural route
Welcome to the Célé Valley. This variant of the Camino de Compostela has some very serious advantages! Beautiful, wild, preserved, endowed with a rich and abundant heritage, it follows the meanders of the rivers it meets and offers unprecedented views of impressive cliffs. But above all... it allows you to hike on a path much less frequented than the Puy route.
This variant is therefore the perfect route if the watchwords of your walking tour are “calm, introspection and discovery”.
Highlights of your stage
The cave of Pech Merle
If you decide to take the Célé variant, be sure to stop to discover this cave with its rich and moving history. Indeed, more than 29000 years ago, our ancestors took up residence there and expressed their daily lives through stunning paintings and spectacular conservation.
The geological characteristics of this place will also seduce you. Nature in all its beauty has shaped this cave to make it an incredible place with the appearance of extremely varied forms.
One of the great assets of the Célé variant is the presence of a village frozen in the medieval area. As soon as you see it from afar on your way, your heart will guide you to meet it. Like a siren, its captivating beauty encourages anyone passing by to come and tread its footsteps on its cobblestones. Thus Saint-Cirq Lapopie seduced the leader of French surrealism André Breton.
Saint-Cirq ablaze with Bengal lights appeared to me - as an impossible rose in the night. [...] It must have been love at first sight if I think that the next morning I came back, in the temptation to settle in the heart of this flower. […] Beyond many other sites - from America, from Europe - Saint-Cirq has placed on me the only enchantment: the one that fixes forever. I stopped wanting myself elsewhere.
The Bouziès towpath
By taking the Célé variant, you will discover a stretch of path as you have never seen it before! Carved into the rock, this path allows you to walk in the heart of the cliff. Bordered by the Lot, you will find yourself immersed in a mineral and aquatic universe.
You will then see that this very special place was also a source of inspiration. In this tunnel dug into the rock, you will see marvelous sculptures made by Daniel Monnier on the wall. These fit perfectly into the landscape, and echo in a subtle and poetic way the history of this territory.