Via Podiensis, the Le Puy Route or Chemin du Puy in French is the most popular pilgrimage route in France. It starts near Lyon, in the town of Le Puy-en-Velay until Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port where the Camino Frances commences.
It is a fairly mountainous route with frequent ups and downs. The nature is very scenic and there are many interesting towns this route passes through like Figeac or Moissac.
It is very recommended for pilgrims to learn basic French before taking this route as that will help immensely in booking accommodation and in talking with other pilgrims on the route who are mostly French.
Waymarks are plentiful and it is easy to not get lost here.
The best time of the year to walk this route is the summer but then it is the busiest and accommodation may be difficult to find at times.
There is the possibility of walking the Le Puy Route through an organized tour. We recommend to contact our trusted partner, Follow the Camino to assist you in planning your camino.