Set off on the path to Saint-Jacques requires some preparation but also some advice. We'll explaine everything here !

Where is the start of the path? Saint-Jacques in Puy-en-Velay ?

It is one of the cult moments for pilgrims leaving for Saint-Jacques of Compostela. Moment of meeting and communion, the 7 a.m. mass is a must for your stay. This ceremony takes place every day inside Puy-en-Velay Cathedral. A blessing dedicated to pilgrims is given at the end, it is often a time of meeting and exchanges with other pilgrims who, like you, will begin their journey.

Le official departure of the GR65 path Saint-Jacques is located at Place du Plot in Puy-en-Velay. From the cathedral, go down the rue des tables then at the fountain, turn left on rue Saint-Raphaël, you will then arrive directly on the Place du Plot. Several signs will finally indicate to you the street Saint-Jacques and the distance that separates you from your goal. Right path !

Departure gr65 via podiensis

Where to find a credential in Puy-en-Velay?

The credential is a documentssymbolic to set off on the path to Saint-Jacques. This pilgrim's passport, dating from the medieval era, allows you to affix a stamp of the villages crossed every step of the way. If in France, it is a guarantee of souvenirs, it can nevertheless allow you to access certain services or accommodation along the way.

In Puy-en-Velay, walkers of the Chemin de Saint-Jacques will be able to purchase a credential in two places:

The credential, the pilgrim's passport departing from Puy-en-Velay, the European capital of the paths of Saint-Jacques of Compostela

Where to meet in Puy-en-Velay the day before departure ?

Au Itinerary (2 rue de la Manécanterie in Puy-en-Velay), pilgrims towards Saint-Jacques of Compostela are welcomed in the Jacquets lounge, specially reserved for this use. From April 1 to October 15,association of Friends of Saint-Jacques du Velay, composed mainly of former walkers of the Saint-Jacques, welcomes walking pilgrims ready to set out on the path. In addition to meeting future traveling companions, you will be able to exchange valuable advice with those who have already walked the path.

The Camino garden and its activities


When to set out on the path to Saint-Jacques ?

Ideal for making the journey Saint-Jacques is the period from spring to fall. Indeed, there is a season for hiking on the path of Saint-Jacques. Accommodations are generally open from April 1 until 15 October of each year. Winter should therefore be avoided when making the journey Saint-Jacques because it can snow at altitude.

How to prepare your path Saint-Jacques ?

The path of Saint-Jacques rather accessible to everyone. It is GR approved® (Grande Randonnée) by the Fédération Française de Randonnée Pédestre, which means it is well signposted. In order to prepare for the path of Saint-Jacques, it is essential to study the steps according to the abilities of each person. In general, walkers average 20 km per day while roaming.

Is it necessary to book accommodation in advance on the way to Saint-Jacques ?

Everything depends on you ! Booking your stops means planning your stay, reassuring yourself about the organization of your stops and having the assurance of accommodation that meets your expectations. Whereas not booking means embarking on an adventure, following your desires and being able to adapt your stay. You have been warned!, at certain times of the year, Accommodations can quickly become full on the path of Saint-Jacques. Ask the hosts of the use of the path a few months, weeks or days before your departure.

What budget should you plan for on the way to Saint-Jacques ?

For food and accommodation, it takes approximately 40 euros daily expenses per person to make the journey Saint-Jacques. All along the way, the range of accommodation varies (from dormitory to guest room via stopover gite) and the frequency of accommodation is regular, i.e. one accommodation every 4-5 km on the Via Podiensis .

How to organize yourself for the return trip after your trip Saint-Jacques ?

When your arrival on the path of Saint-Jacques, you can call on transport services of people and luggage such as La Malle Postalle, Compostel'bus or even Transbagages to return to your point of departure or be dropped off near an SNCF station. Consider booking these services a few days in advance.

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