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St. James's Path

Some 900 kilometres are to be made from Arles to reach Puente-la-Reina along the Arles route (GR653 long-distance footpath). Puente-la-Reina in Spain is at the crossing with the Camino francés coming from Roncesvalles and heading to Santiago de Compostela. The Arles route runs via Montpellier, Lodève, Castres, Toulouse, Auch, Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Jaca, crossing the Pyrenees by the Somport pass. Many remarquable places are located along the route: St-Trophime and Roman monuments at Arles; St-Gilles Basilica; Gellone Abbey at the medieval village of St-Guilhem-le-Désert; the Grands-Causses and Haut-Languedoc natural parks; the bastide of Revel; the Canal du Midi; St-Sernin, Hôpital-St-Jacques and les Cordeliers at Toulouse; Ste-Foy at Morlaas; Notre-Dame Cathedral at Lescar; Sainte-Marie Cathedral at Oloron; San-Pedro Cathedral at Jaca; monastery of San-Juan-de-la-Peña; Santa-Maria-de-Eunate, just to mention the most impressive of them.

 

Compared to other St-James routes, the Arles route benefits from varied landscapes: plains (from Arles to Montpellier; from La-Salvetat-sur-Agout to the beginning of the Gers), mountains (Grands-Causses and Haut-Languedoc from St-Guilhem-du-Désert to La-Salvetat-sur-Agout; the Pyrenees from Oloron-Sainte-Marie to Jaca), more or less pronounced hills (from the Gers to Oloron-Sainte-Marie; in Aragón and in Navarra). The great diversity of landscapes, climates, soils, architecture, ways of life and cultures would make it worth in itself to making the Arles route.

 

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