la coquille de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle

On the Way of Saint James

Walk along the Way of Saint James – the network of routes to Santiago de Compostela that pilgrims have walked since the Middle Ages! As you follow the Way of St James – a UNESCO World Heritage site – you will discover historic monuments and some of its most famous stopping places, which over time have become emblematic landmarks of our regions.

Basilique Saint-Sernin de Toulouse - Basilica of Saint Sernin in Toulouse - basílica Saint-Sernin de Toulouse© José Manuel Herrador

The Basilica of Saint Sernin in Toulouse

The Basilica of Saint Sernin is one of the most important sacred places along the Way of St James. Step inside for a moment, imagining yourself in the shoes of a pilgrim, and let the awe-inspiring magnificence of this abbey church – the largest Romanesque church in Europe – sweep over you.
While here, you can also gaze upon the relics of the martyr Saint Saturnin, the first bishop of Toulouse.

Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile : Les vitraux d'Arnaud de Moles - Auch Cathedral: stained glass windows by Arnaud de Moles - Catedral Santa María de Auch: las vidrieras de Arnaud de Moles© Vassil - Wikimedia

Auch Cathedral: stained glass windows by Arnaud de Moles

Lovers of Renaissance art, you will be enthralled with this stop along the Way of Saint James and the incomparable masterpieces it holds! Inside Auch Cathedral, known in French as Cathédrale Sainte Marie, stained glass panels created by Arnaud de Moles more than 500 years ago fill eighteen atrium windows with their stunning palette of colours.

Sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques : Lourdes, ville sainte / Lourdes : holy city / Lourdes : ciudad santa© Dominique VIET - CRT Midi-Pyrénées

Lourdes: once a stopping place along the Way of Saint James

The only indication that this was once a stop along the route to Santiago de Compostela is the statue of Saint James which adorns the church of Ségurs. But in this holy city, you’ll see many other signs of its importance as a pilgrimage centre, and you will take away a memory of the famous cave in which the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous.

Sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques: Arles et le cloître Saint-Trophime - The cloister of Saint Trophime - Arles: la arquitectura románica del claustro Saint-Trophime© OT Arles

Arles: Romanesque architecture of the cloister of Saint Trophime

You cannot follow in the footsteps of Saint James without stopping at the cloister of Saint Trophine – one of the most striking and beautiful examples of Romanesque architecture!

Sur le chemin de Saint-Jacques : Abbaye de Gellone - Saint-Guilhem du Désert - Abbey of Gellone - Abadía de Gellone© Biache Benoit

The route at Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: Abbey of Gellone

A true masterpiece of Romanesque art, the Abbey of Gellone and its cloister are one of the many charms of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. You will also enjoy strolling through the magical alleyways and lanes of this medieval Languedoc village.

Soaking in the special atmosphere that reigns here, you will understand why it is still considered a profoundly spiritual place by pilgrims today.