Route de St Jacques
For over a thousand years Pilgrims from all over Europe have been following the various trails of the Chemin de St Jacques to make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in the North-West of Spain. Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. Traditional starting points are the French towns of Paris, Vézelay, Arles and Le Puy. All trails traverse the Béarn, three converging before Ostabat and the Arles route joining them just south of Pampelona in Spain.
There are numerous options to accommodate all levels of fitness and length of hike desired. All routes in the Béarn Basque wind their way through scenic countryside and offer frequent stunning views of the Pyrenees. The most popular route is the GR65 (originating in Le Puy), entering the Béarn des Gaves at Sauvelade and following the hillcrests to Navarrenx and then to Charre.