The middle section of the St Jacob’s Way is a relatively easy-going stretch through rolling green French countryside, along crop fields and fields of grazing cows. With sections which walk through or beside forests this journey is a pleasant, relaxing walking holiday.
There is ample opportunity to relax and soak in the wonderful surroundings and culture. With the Rhone never far away, you will walk through stunning little villages that seem to be frozen in time.
St Jacob’s Way or the Via Jacobi connects Geneva with Le Puy-en-Velay which is the start of the Via Podiensis. Unlike many of the routes to Santiago that have been pilgrim routes for centuries this particular route was only established in the mid-1990’s.
The Association Rhone-Alpes de Amis de Saint-Jacques established the route along the GR65 so that pilgrims coming from Switzerland, Central Europe and Germany could walk to Le Puy. From there they can join the Via Podiensis before joining the famous Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela.