A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Advertisement

Luggage Transfer Correos

Le Puy to Conques

lizsmithbliz

New Member
Bonjour, Hola, Hello, Aloha!
I am walking from Le Puy to Conques in April.
Has anyone walked this route very recently?
Should I book my accommodation in advance?
Any must stay accommodation?
Very much appreciated, Liz
PS I've walked the Camino Frances so I am a little seasoned, but have less time this year so have opted for a shorter adventure.
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
I would most definitely book ahead; normally, it is just enough to have the hospitaleros do the booking for you the next day or two ahead, they can also recommend some albergue or another, and they can ring for you too! That is how I did it last year.

Walking in France is different to walking in Spain, but it is also a beautiful experience, just beware it is very rural and there is not a great availability of places to stay or to buy food or water, and French opening hours can be a bit chaotic.
Otherwise, it is a beautiful experience!
 

TMcA

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona to Santiago (2013)
Le Puy to Pamplona in segments (2013 - 2016)
Pamplona to León
Good advice from @amancio.

Period around Easter (April 21) is likely to be busy.

You can order Miam Miam DoDo on line or purchase in Le Puy. It's a simple guidebook that's in French, but easy to understand. It will show you which towns have tourist offices along with locations of lodging plus capacity of each.

Route is well-marked and a wonderful combination of countryside and lovely small towns.

Bon chemin.
 

lizsmithbliz

New Member
I would most definitely book ahead; normally, it is just enough to have the hospitaleros do the booking for you the next day or two ahead, they can also recommend some albergue or another, and they can ring for you too! That is how I did it last year.

Walking in France is different to walking in Spain, but it is also a beautiful experience, just beware it is very rural and there is not a great availability of places to stay or to buy food or water, and French opening hours can be a bit chaotic.
Otherwise, it is a beautiful experience!
Many thanks for your advice
Good advice from @amancio.

Period around Easter (April 21) is likely to be busy.

You can order Miam Miam DoDo on line or purchase in Le Puy. It's a simple guidebook that's in French, but easy to understand. It will show you which towns have tourist offices along with locations of lodging plus capacity of each.

Route is well-marked and a wonderful combination of countryside and lovely small towns.

Bon chemin.
Many thanks for your advice
 

HighlandsHiker

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015 & 2016); Portuguese (2017); Le Puy/Norte/Primitivo/Verde (2018). 2019 - San Salvador+
Liz, bonjour, and exactly as above. I walked it last June from Aumont-Aubrac to Cahors and wouldn't have wanted to have left reservations to chance. Many of my first-choices for places were booked two months in advance and a few areas were difficult to find a bed in at all. If you're fluent in French, it's all easier. I struggle, but was still able to scrape by fairly well.

Some favorites for the section you're doing: Ferme du Barry in Aumont-Aubrac (Aligot! No English); Gite St. Andre in St. Chely d'Aubrac (friendly hosts, nice communal meal, some English); Couvent de Malet in St. Come d'Olt (convent with evening meal, beautiful place, minimal English); Gite St. Christophe in Estaing (my very favorite - kind hosts, great set-up, no English spoken); Le Pole Touristique Bellevue in Golinhac (chalets or gite, no English spoken); Abbaye de St. Foy in Conques (don't miss it! One of the volunteers, Pierre, speaks English). Hope that helps.
 
Last edited:

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
Bonjour, Hola, Hello, Aloha!
I am walking from Le Puy to Conques in April.
Has anyone walked this route very recently?
Should I book my accommodation in advance?
Any must stay accommodation?
Very much appreciated, Liz
PS I've walked the Camino Frances so I am a little seasoned, but have less time this year so have opted for a shorter adventure.
Yes. Don't leave it to chance re booking. I have walked this route 3 times. It is very busy often groups of walkers and they book out a whole gite. Book ahead asap. You can use www.chemindecompostelle.com website and look under herbergements GR 65, which brings up an interactive map with accommodation links. It looks like the Miam Miam Dodo maps and has a lot, but not all accommodation options showing.
Keep your distances lower than on Camino Frances as this stretch is rather up and down on sometimes rocky paths.
 

lizsmithbliz

New Member
Yes. Don't leave it to chance re booking. I have walked this route 3 times. It is very busy often groups of walkers and they book out a whole gite. Book ahead asap. You can use www.chemindecompostelle.com website and look under herbergements GR 65, which brings up an interactive map with accommodation links. It looks like the Miam Miam Dodo maps and has a lot, but not all accommodation options showing.
Keep your distances lower than on Camino Frances as this stretch is rather up and down on sometimes rocky paths.
Many thanks - that is great advice .... Cheers Liz
 

lizsmithbliz

New Member
Liz, bonjour, and exactly as above. I walked it last June from Aumont-Aubrac to Cahors and wouldn't have wanted to have left reservations to chance. Many of my first-choices for places were booked two months in advance and a few areas were difficult to find a bed in at all. If you're fluent in French, it's all easier. I struggle, but was still able to scrape by fairly well.

Some favorites for the section you're doing: Ferme du Barry in Aumont-Aubrac (Aligot! No English); Gite St. Andre in St. Chely d'Aubrac (friendly hosts, nice communal meal, some English); Couvent de Malet in St. Come d'Olt (convent with evening meal, beautiful place, minimal English); Gite St. Christophe in Estaing (my very favorite - kind hosts, great set-up, no English spoken); Le Pole Touristique Bellevue in Golinhac (chalets or gite, no English spoken); Abbaye de St. Foy in Conques (don't miss it! One of the volunteers, Pierre, speaks English). Hope that helps.
Terrific information - thank you!
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
We walked last year, as part of a much longer Camino, and as mentioned above, I recommend you book in advance.
We stayed mostly in chambre d'hôtes, and the ones we loved were:
Montbonnet: La Barbelotte
Le Sauvage
St Alban-sur-Limagnole: Les Drailles de la Margeride
Aumont-Aubrac: Le 24
We used the Miam Miam Dodo, and also their website, which @gittiharre referred to.
Bon Chemin!
 

lizsmithbliz

New Member
We walked last year, as part of a much longer Camino, and as mentioned above, I recommend you book in advance.
We stayed mostly in chambre d'hôtes, and the ones we loved were:
Montbonnet: La Barbelotte
Le Sauvage
St Alban-sur-Limagnole: Les Drailles de la Margeride
Aumont-Aubrac: Le 24
We used the Miam Miam Dodo, and also their website, which @gittiharre referred to.
Bon Chemin!
Perfect thank you very much, Liz
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
We walked from Le Puy to Conques in September last year. We had lovely weather - rather warm to begin with as we walked from Le Puy, then pleasant as we crossed the Aubrac plateau. We booked in advance every night. I had booked the first 4 nights several months before we set off, and was glad that I had done so as little villages like Montbonnet were fully booked the night we passed through, according to some tired walkers we met. The same at Le Sauvage, especially since it's the only accommodation in a long stretch.

If you are just one person, you could probably get away with it if you are not bothered where you stay. The nicest and recommended places get booked up ages in advance. But bear in mind that it is quite normal to have the evening meal in the gîte. It's well worth while as it's great company and the food is usually interesting and regional. So giving the hostess warning the night before that you need to be catered for is only fair.

I note that you are walking in April. Be aware that there is a distinct possibility that you will find snow on the plateau as it is quite high.

I will be walking on from Conques, starting in mid May. I'm hoping for lots of wild flowers then.
 

lizsmithbliz

New Member
We walked from Le Puy to Conques in September last year. We had lovely weather - rather warm to begin with as we walked from Le Puy, then pleasant as we crossed the Aubrac plateau. We booked in advance every night. I had booked the first 4 nights several months before we set off, and was glad that I had done so as little villages like Montbonnet were fully booked the night we passed through, according to some tired walkers we met. The same at Le Sauvage, especially since it's the only accommodation in a long stretch.

If you are just one person, you could probably get away with it if you are not bothered where you stay. The nicest and recommended places get booked up ages in advance. But bear in mind that it is quite normal to have the evening meal in the gîte. It's well worth while as it's great company and the food is usually interesting and regional. So giving the hostess warning the night before that you need to be catered for is only fair.

I note that you are walking in April. Be aware that there is a distinct possibility that you will find snow on the plateau as it is quite high.

I will be walking on from Conques, starting in mid May. I'm hoping for lots of wild flowers then.
Thanks for your advice - much appreciated. Cheers Liz
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked from Pamplona to Santiago April/May 2016
Plan to walk Le Puy to Pamplona May 2017
Bonjour, Hola, Hello, Aloha!
I am walking from Le Puy to Conques in April.
Has anyone walked this route very recently?
Should I book my accommodation in advance?
Any must stay accommodation?
Very much appreciated, Liz
PS I've walked the Camino Frances so I am a little seasoned, but have less time this year so have opted for a shorter adventure.
I walked from Le Puy in April/May 2017. Miam Miam Dodo invaluable. Def recommend Gite saint
Bonjour, Hola, Hello, Aloha!
I am walking from Le Puy to Conques in April.
Has anyone walked this route very recently?
Should I book my accommodation in advance?
Any must stay accommodation?
Very much appreciated, Liz
PS I've walked the Camino Frances so I am a little seasoned, but have less time this year so have opted for a shorter adventure.
[/QUOTE


I walked Le Puy route April/ May 2017. Found Miam Miam Dodo invaluable. Booked accommodation one or two days ahead.
Recommend Gite saint Andre in St Chély-d’Aubrac d’Aubrac and L’orée du Chemin in Massip (Golinhac)
Also used Gite communal in Nasbinals - no food but good kitchen
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked from Pamplona to Santiago April/May 2016
Plan to walk Le Puy to Pamplona May 2017
Sorry. Text cut short. Meant Gite Saint Andre in st Chély-d’Aubrac d’Aubrac and L’ Oree du Chemin just before Golinhac
 

billmclaughlin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP/Burgos 2012; Le Puy/SJPP 2013; Aumont Aubrac/Aire sur l'Adour 2014; Burgos/Santiago 2016.
I’m surprised not to see anyone recommending the Miam Miam Dodo version for iPhone. I used it a few years ago when it worked well enough, and I’ve just downloaded the latest version as I’m planning a hike for September, and it’s much improved. It breaks the route into two halves, before and after Cahors, and either half costs less than US15.

When it comes to making reservations, it has the same info as the print version, but you never have to type a phone number or email address!

Bill
 

lizsmithbliz

New Member
I’m surprised not to see anyone recommending the Miam Miam Dodo version for iPhone. I used it a few years ago when it worked well enough, and I’ve just downloaded the latest version as I’m planning a hike for September, and it’s much improved. It breaks the route into two halves, before and after Cahors, and either half costs less than US15.

When it comes to making reservations, it has the same info as the print version, but you never have to type a phone number or email address!

Bill
Thanks Bill, great advice
 

OLDER threads on this topic


Book your lodging here

Booking.com



Advertisement

Booking.com

Latest posts

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 12 1.3%
  • February

    Votes: 5 0.5%
  • March

    Votes: 41 4.3%
  • April

    Votes: 142 15.0%
  • May

    Votes: 235 24.8%
  • June

    Votes: 72 7.6%
  • July

    Votes: 20 2.1%
  • August

    Votes: 14 1.5%
  • September

    Votes: 276 29.1%
  • October

    Votes: 113 11.9%
  • November

    Votes: 12 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 5 0.5%
Top