France - Provence - Walking on the Arles Route to Castres

France - Provence - Walking on the Arles Route to Castres

This self-guided walk along the Arles Way or Via Tolosana, was traditionally the route used by the pilgrims coming from Italy on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

In the opposite way  the Arles Route could be the way for Portuguese and Spanish which goal was to reach Rome.

This self-guided walk along the Arles Route is an enchantment thanks to the stunning landscapes, rich heritage and culture, as well as delicious food. Walking from Arles to Montpellier through the Camargue is an immersion in a “green environment”. Along the Arles Way you will discover towns and villages of great beauty such as St Guilhem le Desert,the charming surroundings of Toulouse and hilly Gascogne before reaching the mountain in Oloron Sainte Marie where the Foothill Route offers breathtaking views on the Pyrenees range up to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

 

In this 16 day section the walk starts in Arles and ends in Castres in 13 walking stages ranging from 12 to 25 km per day

Day 1

ARLES
Arles is such a beautiful little town where Roman and romanesque heritage live together where Van Gogh’s spirit is still alive. This is the Capital of Camargue with a bullfighting tradtion. Ste trophime Church, the arenas, the cloister are some of the sightseeings of the wealthy city.

Day 2

ARLES to ST GILLES - 19 km – 5h00 of walking.
A pleasant walk to discover the vast flat stretches of Camargue along the Petit Rhone. To visit : St Gilles Basilica and the underground crypt, the tower bell stairs and the amazing portal

Day 3

ST GILLES to VAUVERT - 16 km – 4h00 of walking
Walk through large cultivated plains and small villages. To visit : Notre Dame de Vauvert sanctuary

Day 4

VAUVERT to GALLARGUES LE MONTUEUX puis taxi pour MONTPELLIER Stage: 12 km – 3h00 of walking
Vineyards and vegetables cultures compose the flat landscape. This short stage will leave you the time to visit Montpellier, the Comedie Square, St Pierre Cathedral, St Benoit Monastery.

Day 5

MONTPELLIER to MONTARNAUD – Stage :18 km – 4h30 of walking
The scrub scenery spreads as far as the eye can see, fragmented with oak and pine tree woods giving off mediterranean scents.

Day 6

MONTARNAUD to ST GUILHEM LE DESERT – 15 km – 4h00 of walking
Before reaching Saint Guilhem le Desert and the entrance to the Herault Gorges, you walk through scarce villages.

Day 7

ST GUILHEM to ST JEAN DE LA BLAQUIERE - Stage : 22 km - 5h30 of walking
After leaving St Guilhem, take the historical path, walk up to the plateau and then descend through almond trees orchard towards St Jean de la Blaquière.

Day 8

ST JEAN DE LA BLAQUIERE to LODEVE 14 km – 3h30 of walking
Short stage and time to visit the Ancient Priory of St Michel de Grandmont, and make a detour to admire the 12th century Church of Soumont as well as the 17th century sacerdotal clothing.

Day 9

LODEVE to LUNAS - Stage 24 km – 6h30 of walking
This stage leads you to Joncels and its cloister remains before reaching Lunas where you can visit the Gallo-Roman city.

Day 10

LUNAS to ST GERVAIS SUR MARE - Stage : 24 km – 6h30 of walking
Stage up in the ridges with breathtaking views on the landscape and start the descent by the Monts d’Orb towards St Gervais sur Mare. To visit : the stairs and the galeries of the city, the 16th century houses. Before leaving visit the “Maison Cevenole”.

Day 11

ST GERVAIS to MURAT SUR VEBRE - Stage : 24 km – 6h30
The Natural Park of Haut Languedoc where the particular waymarking helps you to follow the way. Have a break to admire the Chapel Ste Eutrope’s ruins and finally reach Murat-sur-Vebre perched at 800m of altitude and located on the Salt Route.

Day 12

MURAT to LA SALVETAT SUR AGOUT - Stage : 22 km – 5h30 of walking
Stage where you will take the time to take a short nap on the shores of Lauzas Lake before arriving to the fortified village of La Salvetat. To visit : the fortified doors, the dungeon and the medieval façades.

Day 13

LA SALVETAT to ANGLES - Stage : 18 km - 4h30 of walking
Short stage but beware of the bad waymarking through the forest tracks and the scattered villages will lead you to Angles and its 17th century castle.

Day 14

ANGLES to BOISSEZON - Stage: 20 km – 5h00 of walking
Reach Boissezon walking in the valley surrounded by the mountain.

Day 15

BOISSEZON to CASTRES – Stage : 16 km – 4h00 of walking
Short stage into the plain, the way pasess by the Notre Dame de Noilhac and its amazing triple voussure portal. Arrive in Castres.

Day 16

CASTRES
End of the trip after breakfast

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Self guided WALKING
Level
ARLES ROUTE - VIA TOLOSANA
Duration :
16 Days
From :
1450 €

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 star hotels and guest houses- Half Board

Luggage transfer

The walking map.

English speaking assistance for your reservation

 

 

Starts in :Arles.

Ends in : Castres.

Access :  train station.

 

Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65

 

Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more, combine with another section of the Way

 

This route can be walked in fewer days :

 

Arles -Montpellier - Lodeve : 8 days/7 nights : 690 € per person

Lodeve-Castres :8 days/7 nights : 690 € per person

 

See also :

 

The Via Tolosana from Castres to Toulouse

The via Tolosana from Toulouse to Auch

The Via Tolosana from Auch to Oloron Ste Marie

Other Routes on the Way of Saint James

Highlights

The Arles Route from Camargue to Languedoc

Many great antique places

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