The Vézelay Route is the route favoured by pilgrims on their way from Belgium (Namur). All along the way, you can discover numerous religious sanctuaries such as Sainte-Madeleine in Vézelay or Saint-Martial in Limoges. This route will take around 75 days on foot (or 1 878 km), linking Vézelay with Santiago de Compostela.
There are two alternative itineraries on this route: you can go via Bourges or via Nevers.
Since 1998 the Routes to Santiago de Compostela, crisscrossing France and Spain, have featured on the Unesco World Heritage List. Since the Middle Ages Santiago de Compostela has been a pilgrimage destination for devotees from all over Europe. The Spanish church has preserved in its crypt the tomb of the apostle James. Since this era, Santiago de Compostela has been one of the major places of pilgrimage, on the same level as Rome and Jerusalem.
To reach Galicia, pilgrims had to cross France. Several different routes are possible.