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Coquille de Saint-Jacques

Cahors and Compostela

Cahors, stopover town on the St James's Way

The capital of Quercy is the point where the via Podiensis and its variants meet via the Célé valley or via Rocamadour.


After crossing the Causses du Quercy with its sparse habitat and characterful villages, arriving in Cahors can give the impression of a sudden transition into the "big city". It has all the advantages, whether in terms of infrastructure or equipment, shops and activities. But it retains the authentic charm of a city on a human scale where everything is within easy reach of the pilgrim.


Welcoming two monuments classified as Unesco heritage under the Ways of Saint James (The cathedral and its cloister, as well as the Valentré bridge) Cahors is an important stop on the Via Podiensis where you will find everything you need: something to repair, replenish, restore, offload, find yourself, rest...

Located (almost) halfway between Le Puy and Saint-Jean Pied de Port, Cahors is also easily accessible, whether by car (free long-term car parks on the outskirts), by train or by bus, and thus constitutes a starting point or arrival point for those who travel the Way over several years.

The "Cahors-vallée du Lot" tourism office offers various documents for pilgrims:

Useful links

Jacobean association "l'Octroi" (reception on the Louis-Philippe bridge)  

Saint-Etienne cathedral "Sur les chemins de Compostelle" (reception at Saint-Étienne cathedral)

Pilgrim / hiker equipment: - +33.(0) - 17 Cours Vaxis, 46000 Cahors

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