If you love history, rich heritage, the magic of legend and being out in the beautiful French countryside, then the brand-new hiking trail, Le Chemin d’Amadour, is for you.

Le Chemin d’Amadour begins in Soulac-sur-mer on the Atlantic coast and stretches for 500 kms across some of the most beautiful countryside in south-west France. Along the way, walkers can enjoy stunning views, vineyards, castles, medieval bastide towns and some of the places along the great UNESCO Le Chemin de Compostelle pilgrimage. At certain points, Le Chemin d’Amadour actually follows the same pilgrimage for a few kms.

The Magic of Legend

Le Chemin d’Amadour takes its name from the legend of Amadour and his wife, Véronique, who fled Christian persecution in Palestine. Having docked their little boat on the Médoc coast, not far from Soulac-sur-mer in the department of the Gironde, the couple set out to evangelise the region. But when Véronique died, Amadour left Soulac-sur-mer and crossed the departments of the Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne and the Lot searching for somewhere where he could become a recluse for the rest of his life. He eventually settled in what we now know as Rocamadour.

Le Chemin d’Amadour takes you across the Gironde estuary, the Entre-deux-mer region, Bordeaux, the Dordogne valley, the Duras and Bergerac Vineyards, the Dropt valley and finishes at Rocamadour in the Causses de Quercy in the Lot.

There are 21 stages, from approximately 11 to 32kms, and various places to stay nearby along the way.

Le Chemin d’Amadour is one of the most important pilgrimages in the Christian world. Today Rocamadour attracts millions of visitors every year and is one of the most visited historical sites in France.

Le Chemin d’Amadour in the Dordogne

The abbey at Cadouin and the roman church of St. Avit Sénieur are on Le Chemin de Compostelle.

Bergerac and Sarlat are larger, historical towns.

Eymet, Issigeac, Beaumont du Périgord are bastide towns.

Belvès, Castelnaud-La-Chapelle and Domme are classed as some of the most beautiful villages in France.

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