Cycling the Camino de Santiago in Languedoc
Distance: Around 250 km. Difficulty: Challenging Type: Paved roads Starting Point: Arles
Description: There aremany roads to Santiagoand many ways of getting there. Riding this ancient pilgrimage route is becoming increasingly popular and it is possible to cycle all the way to Santiago de Compostella as a pilgrim, i.e. it is recognized as a legitimate form of pilgrimage, as opposed to trains, buses or cars. The most famous route that runs through Languedoc-Roussillon is the ‘Arles Route’ or ‘Via Tolosana” (named after Toulouse, which you hit on your way to Spain, if you choose to go that far).
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Directions: Your route starts in Roman Arles, a compact town, jam-packed with ancient architecture. It is also the place where Van Gogh lived (and painted his most famous works). Once you cross over the Rhone river you are riding on the flat, wild Camargue, home to pink flamingos, white horses and black bulls (bred for the arena in these parts). read more
This ride can be linked up with the following to make a longer route:
Montpellier to Sommières via Ambrussum
Montpellier to Saintes Maries de la Mer
Montpellier Beaches Maguelone Cathedral
Montpellier to Pézenas
Montpellier to Agde
Ganges to Saint Guilhem le Désert
Sommières to Saint Guilhem le Désert
If you’d like an independent adventure with a little more organization, check out our self-guided tours.