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Need for a tent

2020 Camino Guides

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy (Aug 2020)
Bonjour Pèlerins,

I am retiring next year, and looking forward to a walk beginning in Aug 2020. I have decided on at a minimum doing the Le Puy- SJPP chemin, but really like the idea of beginning in Geneva to walk across France. In my research, though, it seems that most on this route carry and use a tent. Are there gites or hotels available at regular (20-30 k) intervals?

Alternatively, if I did not want to carry a tent, would I be better off starting in Le Puy and continuing on the Camino into Spain if I wanted a longer walk? I speak French at an intermediate level, and Spanish at the level of a 3 yo...at best.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
 

david1

RIP 2020
Camino(s) past & future
Paris to Santiago de Compostela. RIP 2020
I walked from Paris to St. Jean... slept in a tent 90% of the time. However I was asked on this forum, during my camino, on the availability of gites, hotels etc through France. I couldn't see any difficulties finding one every night, and certainly didn't have any problems for my occasional stay under a roof. Just a little planning to head off stressing about it. 😉
Should you decide to camp any time; the French are incredibly relaxed about people camping pretty much anywhere.
Bon chemin! 😁
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-19
...a walk beginning in Aug 2020. I have decided on at a minimum doing the Le Puy- SJPP chemin
Congratulations on your retirement! A pilgrim walk is a lovely way to make the transition to your new way of life.

really like the idea of beginning in Geneva to walk across France. In my research, though, it seems that most on this route carry and use a tent. Are there gites or hotels available at regular (20-30 k) intervals?
Lodgings are readily available at 15k-20k intervals. No need to carry a tent, but some do. Use the yellow Amis guide for lodging listings, available here: http://chemins.amis-st-jacques.org/?page_id=6

Alternatively, if I did not want to carry a tent, would I be better off starting in Le Puy and continuing on the Camino into Spain if I wanted a longer walk?
You can start in either Geneva or Le Puy. It's about 5 weeks From Geneva, 6 weeks from Le Puy, and 7 weeks from SJPP (at my slow pace; your mileage may vary).

I speak French at an intermediate level, and Spanish at the level of a 3 yo...at best.
Speaking French at all will be quite enough - no worries!
 

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