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Let's go on an adventure to Santiago de Compostela!

Activities Lisa By Lisa, the 07 August 2019

 

Every year, through the road leading to Santiago de Compostela, you’ll find along the way about 15000 pilgrims and other hiking enthusiasts! Although the most well-known axis to cross the department happens to be Puy, linking Figeac to Montcuq through Cahors; there is another alternative! Indeed, you can cross the Lot region through the West side.


Getting to Santiago de Compostela through Rocamadour.

It is possible to get to Le Puy way through the crossroad city of Rocamadour of the pilgrimage stage, thanks to the Vezelay way. By choosing to take the second itinerary also known as the GR652, you’ll discover the Lot region by walking through Gourdon and the Lot Valley and its vineyards. This route will then take you to neighbouring departments: Tournon - d’Agenais, Agen and La Romieu; where you’ll find the junction of Puy.

During your travel in the Lot Valley and its vineyards, you’ll walk into medieval villages, explore woods and bastides, and stroll along vineyards and rivers. From Martignac to Mauroux about 25km of adventures awaits.

 

During your stay within the Theze Valley, make a stop in the hilltop bastide of Montcabrier. This village built in the XIII century for the King of France Philippe le Bel has kept until today many remains of its medieval era.

During your visit you’ll see the noble facades surrounded by imposing towers, a medieval gate, or even a beautiful window dating from the Renaissance period. Moreover its church built on roman influence is referenced as Historical Monument.

As for book lovers, the village also holds a museum dedicated to book of all genres and the works and job surrounding its world.

 

Getting to Cahors by crossing the Valley from West to East!

Another option! Try getting there from Saint-Matin-le-Redon.
This alternative allows you to get to the city of Cahors of which its cathedral will celebrate its 900 anniversary in 2019! The GR36 is a hiking itinary linking the English Channel to the Mediterranean Sea.
For about 50km you’ll walk among the river Lot along its cévennes. As for a resting place, you’ll find a hostel called l’Opiddum in the charming village of Luzech.

Another option! Try getting there from Saint-Matin-le-Redon.This alternative allows you to get to the city of Cahors of which its cathedral will celebrate its 900 anniversary in 2019! The GR36 is a hiking itinary linking the English Channel to the Mediterranean Sea.For about 50km you’ll walk among the river Lot along its cévennes. As for a resting place, you’ll find a hostel called l’Opiddum in the charming village of Luzech.

 

Short hiking routes for the big hikers

Since when do you need to be an experienced hiker to enjoy some of the road to Santiago de Compostela? As such, here are a few family friendly routes selected by us going from 5km to 15.

  • The Martignac route: Starting from Puy l’Eveque, follow the tracks of the pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela, by getting through the 4th stage through the woods! (guides sold in our Tourism Offices)

 

  • In between Bastide and Theze Valley: In the heart of the village of Montcabrier, you’ll start your route on the GR652, and will use it again on your way back. (guides sold in our Tourism Offices)

 

  • The Bonaguil castle route: For this route, you’ll take the same path from start to finish back and forth. The itinary follows the pilgrims’ tracks, crossing the village of Saint-Matin-le-Redon through and through. (guides sold in our Tourism offices)

 

  • The Saby road: Starting from the Chapel of Cabanac, in the middle of the vineyards, you’ll stumble upon the road to Rocamadour, not far from the Lot river.

 

  • For the more advanced hikers, avid of big hiking trips, you’ll be able to trek the complete route of Rocamadour (on the Lot territory) by going along the loop of the Lot region. For this trip you’ll need at least 20 days to make it through the 6 stages.

 

Whether you are an ardent hiking enthusiast or a wildlife explorer, you’ll find your calling on one of our many routes! Before setting off on this journey, we advise you to check our practical safety tips so you’ll enjoy your adventure in peace.

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