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Randonneur sur le Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle faisant une pause photo à Cordes sur Ciel.
Randonneur sur le Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle faisant une pause photo à Cordes sur Ciel.
Let's go for an adventure

On the way of Saint-James

There are several main routes to Santiago de Compostela for the many pilgrims and hikers who attempt the adventure every year! The route from Le Puy, the route from Arles and the route from Tours are among the best known, but there are other equally remarkable itineraries like the route from Conques to Toulouse, which criss-crosses la Toscane Occitane from north to south. Are you passing through this one on your journey? Here's something to help you prepare or convince you to choose this route!

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Pélerin contemplant la cité de Cordes sur Ciel sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle
Pélerin contemplant la cité de Cordes sur Ciel sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle
From Saint-Martin Laguépie to Saint-Sulpice

En route on the "Cami Toulze"

The route starts at Saint-Martin Laguépie, in the very north of the Tarn, where the ruins of a medieval castle overlook the precise point where the Viaur joins the Aveyron. Alone or with your travelling companion, your're off, heading south on a wander across the causse. Long before you reach Saint-Jean Pied de Port, the Spanish border, and finaly Santiago de Compostela, your ultimate goal, one of the most beautiful villages in France is just a short distance along the way.

Here's the medieval town of Cordes sur Ciel, well worth a stop before setting off again, rucksack on back, on the trails and their changing landscapes as you walk for 3 days or more. We pass other walkers doing the opposite route or just a short section of it. Step by step, the richness of the heritage is revealed: castles, churches, not forgetting the wine estates, you walk serenely all the way to Gaillac, where the vineyards are at their most hilly. Once past Gaillac, the hills give way to the plains, and here and there you come across donkeys and horses. You follow the Tarn as it winds its way through the countryside a little further on. Between vineyards and fields of sunflowers in bloom in summer, the ochre of the bricks has replaced the white stone. With a little more effort, Saint-Sulpice is approaching and Toulouse is not so far away. One stage ends, another begins!

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In 3 days

- Saint-Martin Laguépie - Cahuzac-sur-Vère : 26.7 km
- Cahuzac-sur-Vère - Lisle-sur-Tarn : 31.3 km
- Lisle-sur-Tarn - Saint-Sulpice : 25.3 km
This is the option for the more athletic... or those in a hurry! Nothing insurmountable, but it's best to hit the trails early in the morning. To enjoy the scenery, or to heal a few blisters, stop off in one of our villages or at the foot of a beautiful tree.

In 4 days

- Saint-Martin Laguépie - Cahuzac-sur-Vère : 26.7 km
- Cahuzac-sur-Vère - Gaillac  15.8 km
- Gaillac - Rabastens : 25 km
- Rabastens - Saint-Sulpice : 15.8km
The in-between, alternating between long and short stages. Perfect for those who want to take their time, but not too much either!

In 6 days

- Saint-Martin Laguépie - Les Cabannes : 11.2 km
- Les Cabannes - Cahuzac-sur-Vère : 15.5 km
- Cahuzac-sur-Vère - Gaillac  15.8 km
- Gaillac - Lisle-sur-Tarn : 15.5 km
- Lisle-sur-Tarn - Rabastens : 9.5 km
- Rabastens - Saint-Sulpice : 15.8km
By choosing this option, yuo can take a leisurely stroll and visit the buildings and producers along the way. The ideal slow mode for exploring and daydreaming!

Did you know?

Before setting off on the Camino de Compostela, whatever route you choose, make sure you have your credential! This little booklet, which you'll need to have stamped at each stage of your journey, is a pilgrim's passport! Issued by the associations promoting the Way, it may be compulsory to gain access to certain accommodation reserved for those who make the pilgrimage... Plus, it's a lovely souvenir when you get home!

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Practical side

Take a break in our villages

Making the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela requires a certain amount of preparation! Before setting off, it can be reassuring to have an idea of the gites, inns or guest houses where you can put down your luggage for the night. Along the way, you should also think about stocking up on provisions or, why not, allowing yourself a good meal in a restaurant. Here's how to divide your journey into short stages! In each of these towns or villages, you'll find all the basic essentials (groceries, bakery, pharmacy, etc.).

Find our accomodations less than 500m away from the route

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Randonneurs sur le Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle font une pause à Cordes sur Ciel
Randonneurs sur le Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle font une pause à Cordes sur Ciel

Cordes sur Ciel

Founded nearly 800 years ago by the Count of Toulouse Raimond VII, Cordes sur Ciel still shines with its medieval allure, fortified gates and Gothic facades, as well as the artists and craftsmen who populate its narrow streets.

In the town, you'll find everything you need to start your long journey or to rest if you're on the road.

Gourmet break in Cordes sur Ciel



Right in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards, Cahuzac-sur-Vère is the starting point for a number of walks. The surrounding vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see and undulate over the hills. Don't be fooled by its small size! This village, grouped around the church of Saint Thomas, has everything you need to recharge your batteries. Shops, restaurants and accommodation welcome you for a yum yum break and a good night's sleep.

Gourmet break in Cahuzac-sur-Vère


Entre 2 Pôles
Balade dans la quartier de la Portanelle à Gaillac
Balade dans la quartier de la Portanelle à Gaillac


You're still a long way from Galicia... but here you are in the middle of your journey through la Toscane Occitane. In Gaillac, put down your rucksack and enjoy a visit to Saint-Michel Abbey, home to the Maison des Vins (House of Wine). A few steps away is the brick-clad abbey church and the old Portanelle quarter, which leads to the Parc de Foucaud. It's an ideal place to stop for a while. In the surrounding area, you'll easily find everything you need, including food and accommodation.

Gourmet break in Gaillac


Head to the bastide town of Lisle-sur-Tarn! As you enter the village, the lake of Bellevue and its shady banks will be the perfect place to recharge your batteries in the shade! Since it was founded in the 13th century, the village has seen many hikers and pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. As you pass by, you won't want to miss the distinctive octagonal bell tower of Notre-Dame de la Jonquière church, just a stone's throw from the central « Place à couverts ». 

Gourmet break in Lisle-sur-Tarn


Église Notre Dame du Bourg à Rabastens
Église Notre Dame du Bourg à Rabastens


Courage! You're nearing the end of the road! In Rabastens, your walking pilgrimage will take you to the foot of the imposing church of Notre-Dame du Bourg, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela! If you stray slightly from the signposts, you'll enter the old village where the Saint-Jacques hospital once stood, recognisable by the shell carved into the wall. At the end of the street, pay a visit to the Musée du Pays Rabastinois to admire the polychrome statue of Saint-Jacques le Majeur.
Come on, let's set off again for the last few kilometres before reaching Saint-Sulpice.

Gourmet break in Rabastens

What you must see on the way

Monuments, vinyards, medieval towns... Your path strewn with treasures! Push open their doors and take the time to admire them as they are also what makes the charm of the way of Saint-James!

Attention : Notre-Dame du Bourg church in Rabastens is currently closed due to restoration works.


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