This page mainly concerns the organization to prepare to survey the way of Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. If you want to know more about this path (beginner or not), in order to know if you too want to live this wonderful adventure, we invite you to click on the link below.
Your essential for the Camino de Santiago: the pilgrim guide
This pilgrim guide allows you to gather in a single document all the information you will need :
- List and contact of accommodation,
- Location of the various services in the Lot Valley (post office, pharmacy, grocery stores, etc.),
- Explanations on the heritage you will encounter, etc.
A gold mine of very useful information!
Choose the path that suits you!
Within our territory, it is possible to take different routes to hike on the paths of Santiago de Compostela. Thus, three possibilities are available to you: borrow the traditional route of Puy-en-Velay, explore the variant of Célé or survey the variant of Rocamadour.
The way to Le Puy
The most “classic” and most famous route, this path offers a beautiful diversity of landscapes and allows you to discover Cahors, a superb medieval city steeped in history, and its two monuments classified as World Heritage by UNESCO under the paths of Santiago de Compostela: the Valentré bridge , and Saint-Etienne Cathedral.
If you are a beginner in itinerant hiking, we advise you to start this way. The services are numerous, and the attendance ensuring exhilarating encounters will allow you to begin this great adventure in complete serenity.
The Cele Variant
This route is an alternative to the Puy route, since it offers access to Cahors from Figeac via the Célé valley. Wilder, less frequented and steeper, this path runs along impressive cliffs following the stream of the same name. Pompon sur le Célé, this variant offers the possibility of discovering one of the most beautiful villages in France: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, and walk on the famous Bouziès towpath with passages dug into the rock.
This route particularly appeals to the most athletic!I select this path
The Rocamadour variant
The Rocamadour variant offers you to extend your itinerary by one more day, by offering alternative to discover the entire Lot department from North to South. As its name suggests, it also offers the possibility of discovering theemblematic medieval city Rocamadour, highlight of your hike.
You can then choose to go back down to Cahors to discover its rich heritage, and so return to the GR65.I take the Roca
I book my accommodation
Although the Camino de Compostela offers many beds along the routes, we recommend that you anticipate your trip and book your accommodation before leaving, or a few days before your stage.
Camping, stopover gîtes, bed and breakfasts, youth hostels... Find all our accommodation located near the path here:
I look where to put my bag
When you leave on the way to Santiago de Compostela, it may happen that you need to lighten your back to go do some shopping or visit the city or the village where you have just arrived.
Our Tourist Information Offices located in the municipalities concerned by the paths of Compostela will be happy to relieve you by keeping your luggage for a few hours ! You can leave them:
- In Limogne-en-Quercy (55 place de l'Occitanie - 05 65 24 34 28)
- In Cahors (Place François Mitterrand - 05 65 53 20 65)
- In Montcuq-en-Quercy-Blanc (3 Rue du Fbg Saint-Privat - 05 65 22 94 04)
- In Lalbenque, variant bypassing Cahors and passing through Lhospitalet (38 Pl. de la Bascule - 05 65 31 50 08)
- In Saint-Cirq-Lapopie (Place du Sombral - 05 65 31 31 31)
Go on the way to Compostela!
Your itineraries are ready, your accommodation reserved, your stages scheduled... All you have to do is leave!
However, some subsidiary questions remain: what to put in your bag? How many kilometers to plan? What is the essential equipment?