Pilgrims in the streets of Montcuq
Pilgrims in the streets of Montcuq
A. Auzanneau
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Organize your trip on the Camino de Santiago

Walking the road to Santiago de Compostela, what a journey! But where to start ? How to prepare? How to do it ? Reservation of accommodation, selection of routes to take, parking... We will help you with your organisation.

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. 

Discover the beauty of the Camino de Santiago

To begin...

Your essential for the Camino de Santiago: the pilgrim guide 

tourist Office

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.),
  • Cards
  • Explanations on the heritage you will encounter, etc.

A gold mine of very useful information!

I download my guide

Then... 

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.  

Hiker arriving at Cahors by Pech de Fourques
Hiker arriving at Cahors by Pech de Fourques
Mr Cochet
The traditional

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 on the way to Santiago de Compostela: the Valentré bridge, and the 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. 

And Puy I'm coming!
Hiker rue de la Pelissaria in Saint-Cirq Lapopie
Hiker rue de la Pelissaria in Saint-Cirq Lapopie
Lot Tourisme - C. Novello
the wildest

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 longest

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 in order to discover its rich heritage, and thus return to the GR65.

I take the Roca
Pilgrims in a stopover lodge on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrims in a stopover lodge on the way to Santiago de Compostela
J.Morel
And then...

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: 

Accommodation on the way to Compostela

To continue... 

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: 

Pilgrim on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Pilgrim on the way to Santiago de Compostela
Mr Cochet
To finish... 

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? 

 

Don't worry, our articles Tips for doing the Camino de Santiago et The 10 commandments for a successful hike are here to help you prepare everything!

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