Santiago route from Aachen

Itinerary, description of stages, practical informations, accomodation, GPS tracks from Aachen to Santiago especially for the more unknown parts (Via Mosana, Toulouse-Conques, Assisi way…)


The book (in french) – Following the stars from Aachen to Santiago

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Suivre les étoiles – D’Aix la Chapelle à Compostelle 

Suivre les étoiles

One night, Saint James appeared to the emperor Carlomagno and asked him to deliver his tomb from the Moors. To achieve this, he had to follow the stars,  the milky way until the western end of Spain, to Galicia. Carlomagno left Aachen and went until Santiago.

Yes, its a legend, but what a beautiful one ! Following the stars, going ahead each day further, slowly at the most natural pace. Walking the first way to Santiago. 3000 kilometers through Belgium, France and Spain.

I made my way, each day going further and I discovered the history, the legend of Compostella.

If you want, also to discover my way and this history, if you can read in French…this book is for you.

You will also find plenty of useful informations of some unknown parts of the way as Via Mosana,  GR654 (Namur-Vezelay), Vezelay-Cluny, Cluny-Le Puy, Conques-Toulouse or Toulouse-Le Somport through Saint-Bertrand de Comminges.

The book “Suivre les étoiles” available on Amazon. 2,99€ (with french VAT)/3,73$


My way from Aachen to Santiago

Linked with the image below : the GPS track of all the hike ((this GPS track has been remade after the hike)

Itinéraire d'Aix la Chapelle à Saint-Jacques de Compostelle
Route from Aachen to Santiago

From Aachen to Santiago, I followed more or less the path(s), allowing sometimes walking my own way…

From Aachen to Vezelay, I walked on the Via Mosana then on the path number GR654.

The way of Vezelay is going then to Limoges. For my first camino, I found it a pity not to go through the most famous section from Le Puy to Conques. So, I followed a part of the way to Assisi which links Vezelay to Italy through Cluny. The Cluny monks, in the middle age, promoted the Santiago pilgrimage. Their influence is strong all along the way to Spain.

From Cluny to Le Puy, I left the ways of pilgrims to follow more or less the path number GR7, along the line of the watershed between the Rhone and the Loire basin.

From Le Puy to Conques, I was back on a famous way to Compostela, the Via Podiensis.

I went then south from Conques to Toulouse using a new trail, unfrequented and marvelous.

The traditional way from Toulouse to Somport and then to Camino Aragonés is going through Auch. I went south straight to Pyrenees Mountains to reach Saint Bertrand de Comminges.
The path of Piedmont can reach Saint Jean Pied de Port. I followed it to Lourdes where due to the heat, I decided to cross the Pyrenees at the Col des Moines in the Ossau valley.

From the pass of Somport to Puente La Reina, the Aragonese way join the Via Tolosana to the Camino Frances. These paths led me to Santiago.

After Santiago, I walked to Muxia and Cape Finisterre, I walk back to Santiago to take the Portugues path to the suburbs of Porto.

Aachen, Reims, Vezelay, Le Puy, Conques, Toulouse, Saint Bertrand de Comminges, Burgos … a path on the footsteps of Christianity in Europe.

I described the day route on the less travelled part. From Le Puy to Conques or in Spain, you just have to follow the path … :


Day route of the following paths :

Via Mosana from Aachen to Namur
GR654 from Namur to Vezelay
Vezelay to Cluny by the Way to Assisi
From Cluny to Fay Lignon (GR76 and GR7)
Conques to Toulouse
Toulouse to Somport via Saint Bertrand de Comminges

The path number GR86 from Toulouse to Saint Bertrand de Comminges – The path of Piedmont in part to join the Somport through the pass of Soulor and the col des Moines.

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