Walking the Le Puy Route: what you need to know posted: 2015-10-09 11:11:45
Le Puy en Velay is the starting point of the Via Podiensis (the Le Puy Route) which joins with the French Way in Saint Jean Pied de Port en route to Santiago de Compostela. It is a UNESCO Heritage site located in the Auvergne region of France and is considered one of the most beautiful. The area is well known for its cheese and fields full of cows and geese.
While walking the Camino, you will experience different landscapes such as countrysides, mountains, rolling hills and dense forests. You'll explore cities like Moissac with its famous bridge and abbey (a UNESCO heritage site). The presence of many religious relics in the region of Gascogne will give you a better understanding of the architecture of the region.
You will walk along by rivers such as the Tarn or the Adour. The rivers are lined with beautiful castles and old mills which are a real link to French heritage. There will be plenty of opportunities for some breathtaking photographs.
Each city along the Camino has its own culinary speciality. During the summer, feel free to taste local products. Particularly in the village markets, known for the quality of the products and their flavours. Each village has its own market, three times a week or more. In the region of Midi-Pyrénées, you can taste some red wines and the traditional dish: the Cassoulet. A mixture of sausage, pork with duck confit and white peas while the speciality of the Gers, is the famous foie gras.
Other highlights along the route include the Pays Basque region. Here, you can admire the unique architecture in France like the typical house with apparent beams. The foundation of which is on the river where they are built.
Check out our review of the Famous Landmarks on the Le Puy Route here
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