THE LE PUY TO CONQUES section of the great pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela has been called “the most picturesque and interesting section in France”, and the hiking trail begins in the historic city of Le Puy-en-Velay. Along the way you visit fascinating churches, pilgrim fountains and come across the legend of the Beast of Gevaudan. You cross the exposed Auvergne Massif and explore St-Come-d’Olt and Espalion, known as “Les plus beaux villages de France” – the most beautiful villages in France. You will sample the regional foods and wines of France.
CONQUES: After a superb walking journey of 210km, you arrive at Conques, an ancient abbey town hidden in the Lot Valley. Here you visit the world-famous abbey-church and its treasury, filled with medieval relics. Also included in this journey is a visit to the once renowned pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, destination for countless medieval pilgrims wishing to visit the Black Madonna of Rocamadour.
ACCOMMODATION: A number of companies can provide these services. They can be found via the internet. Sherpa Holidays also provide a self-guided itinerary which includes luggage transfer and accommodation booking. You can also organise to ring ahead for the next night’s accommodation from where you are staying.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO? The thing about travel is that any time is the right time. It’s just that you will have different experiences. We began our walk in September which is about the BEST TIME (from September to November). March to May is also good, but be aware that Easter sometimes falls in March or April and accommodation may be more difficult to obtain.
A PERSONAL ACCOUNT: We have put together a comprehensive, illustrated journal of the highlights of our journey along the historic Via Podiensis (Le Puy to Conques). In this eBook you will find many places and sites of interest, both from a historical and a contemporary perspective. Villages, such as Nasbinals and the magnificent, medieval Espalion, along with the French countryside will encourage you to make this journey yourself.
We’ve detailed our experiences of life on the Le Puy to Conques Section to help you plan your own journey. Of course, there’s nothing like doing it yourself. WALK Le Puy to Conques includes:
- Walker’s Information.
- Section by Section itinerary.
- Fully Illustrated – 90 Images.
- Overview Maps – 15 maps.
- Visit Medieval Rocamadour.
- 102 Pages.
- Learn about St. James and St. Roche.
- Preparation for your Journey.
- History of the Pilgrimage.
- The Black madonna.
- PDF ebook.
WALK Le Puy to Conques