Your pilgrimage begins in the picturesque town of Le Puy-en-Velay, nestled in the South-East of the Massif Central, amidst a stunning volcanic landscape. While in this charming town, don't miss the opportunity to explore the Romanesque Cathedral of Notre Dame, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As you set forth on your journey, you'll traverse the lush mountains of the Velay Massif, passing through a diverse range of landscapes and terrains, eventually arriving in the delightful village of Saint-Privat d'Allier. Here, you can visit the Church and the Castle of St Privat, adding historical depth to your adventure.
In the second leg of your itinerary, you'll delve into the heart of the Velay Massif, arriving in Saugues, a quaint town renowned for its English Tower, Mushroom Fair, and the legendary Beast of Gévaudan. From Saugues, your path leads to 'Le Sauvage,' a centuries-old farming area perched atop a hill, once associated with the Knights Templar. Continuing your journey, you'll enter the captivating Lozère region before reaching Les Faux or Saint Alban-sur-Limagnole.
The route then takes you through the Margeride plateau and along the Truyère valley, eventually bringing you to the charming village of Aumont-Aubrac. Aumont-Aubrac is a town graced with 16th and 17th-century buildings featuring exquisite sculpted stone facades, preserving the beauty of a bygone era.
The fourth leg of your pilgrimage transports you to a hamlet with origins dating back to the 8th century – Nasbinals. Here, you can admire a fine example of Auvergnat Roman-style architecture at the Church of Nasbinals. Your journey proceeds through Aubrac, where you'll encounter the iconic 'English Tower' before arriving in the charming town of Saint-Chély d'Aubrac. This is an ideal spot to relax on the main square with a refreshing drink.
From Saint-Chély, you'll begin your descent into the sublime Lot Valley, where numerous villages boast the prestigious title of 'Plus Beaux Villages de France' – the most beautiful villages in France. These include Saint-Côme-d'Olt, Espalion, and Estaing. Finally, your pilgrimage leads you through Golinhac to the captivating town of Conques, known for its well-preserved walls with fortified gateways and flanking towers, marking the culmination of your remarkable journey