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    The route to Santiago de Compostela: from Arles to Santiago de Compostela

    From January 01, 2011 to December 31, 2014

    En route to Santiago.

    This route to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, the Arles Route, also known as the Saint-Giles Route, sets off from the Necropolis of Alycamps. The pilgrimage takes around 62 days on foot (1588km). This route links towns with emblematic monuments, including some which date from Antiquity. Montpellier, Anglés, Castres, Toulouse, Marciac and Oloron-Sainte-Marie all feature along this route.

    Discover some remarkable places such as Saint-Trophime and the Roman remains at Arles, the Bastide in Revel, the centre of Toulouse or the Aspe Valley before you reach Spain.

    Since 1998 the Routes to Santiago de Compostela, crisscrossing France and Spain, have featured on the Unesco World Heritage List. Since the Middle Ages Santiago de Compostela has been a pilgrimage destination for devotees from all over Europe. The Spanish church has preserved in its crypt the tomb of the apostle James. Since this era, Santiago de Compostela has been one of the major places of pilgrimage, on the same level as Rome and Jerusalem.
    To reach Galicia, pilgrims had to cross France. Several different routes are possible.

    tagged as : Nature & outdoors, Provence