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How busy is the Arles route at the moment?

sharon w

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2007
Camino Portugues 2009
Via Podiensis, Camino Frances, Camino Finisterre 2012
Cammino di Assisi 2014
Via Podiensis, Camino del Norte, Camino Frances(Astorga to Santiago) 2015
Aussie Camino 2016
#1
We will be walking the Arles route from early September. Just wondering how busy it is at present. I read on Facebook that it is wise to book ahead. We have booked the first night but that is all.
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
#2
We only occasionally met other pilgrims. It got busier after Toulouse, but we still probably only met a couple of pilgrims a day. I think the booking requirement is standard in France. Otherwise you may find the accommodation not open, or no provisions, or booked out by tourists or casual walkers.
 

karenhypes

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (09), Chemin Le Puy (10/11), hospitaleros (11), Chemin Arles (Apr 13), Caminho Portuguese (15).
#3
Hi. I would book at least a day ahead. Sometimes we booked two days ahead. There will be some days when you won't be able to 'book' ahead but you won't have any trouble finding a gite. In some of the municipal gites you aren't able to book ahead. We walked in April/May and never had an accommodation issue. Miam Miam Dodo was our resource and probably the most important item we carried. Not many pelerins in the spring but enough that you weren't always alone. Great route and great Chemin. We walked from Montpellier to Puente la Reina and I think it took us 35 days. Enjoy!!!!! Bon Chemin
Dayton and Karen
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 13
VdlP 14
LePuy 15
Invierno DosFaros CP 16
The 88, Japan 17
Sicily. Arles-Santiago Fall 18
#5
Nice to hear and sounds like the same courtesy used on the Le Puy chemin. We (two) will begin on September 21st on World Alzheimer's Day from Lodeve, 3 stages after Montpellier. We plan to walk onwards towards Santiago as a purposeful walk to help raise awareness about Alzheimer's. Really looking forward to wandering along the GR653! I will be blogging as I have done on each of our/my prior walks and will post something on the forum closer to our departure. Arles pack.jpg
 

sharon w

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2007
Camino Portugues 2009
Via Podiensis, Camino Frances, Camino Finisterre 2012
Cammino di Assisi 2014
Via Podiensis, Camino del Norte, Camino Frances(Astorga to Santiago) 2015
Aussie Camino 2016
#6
Well, to answer my own question. It is relatively busy. Last night there were 9 of us in the Presbytere in Auch. Most days there have been 5 to 6 of us in gites along the way. Because of distance, and in some cases, only a small amount of beds, it is definitely necessary to book ahead.
 

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