The Centre-Val de Loire region is crossed by many pilgrimage routes allowing pilgrims to reach sanctuaries dedicated to Saint-Jacques, Saint-Michel, Saint-Pierre for the most popular.
Pilgrims on foot follow the Compostela paths of the Centre-Val de Loire region by taking GR® long-distance hiking paths and local routes marked out by these associations, which are partly based on historic paths. The vocation of these GR® being essentially focused on hiking and tourism, their routes can quite often deviate, in our region, from the route of the so-called associative paths (several tens of kilometers sometimes). These also make it possible to avoid certain lengths or dangerous passages.
In the CVL region, the pilgrimage routes traveled by pilgrims are as follows (in green, the pilgrimage routes to Mont Saint-Michel ; in blue, the ways to Compostela) :
Five pilgrim communities ensure the development, maintenance and promotion of the pilgrimage routes to Compostela which pass through the Centre-Val de Loire region. These communities provide you with all useful information during your roaming (maps, accommodation, administrative services, tourist offices, points of interest), as well as the proposals for existing services on their route, or nearby, in the municipalities crossed (food shops, health services, lodges, catering, etc.).
The ways of Tours and Vézelay, as well as the paths of Dieppe and the Cathedrals, are marked in the direction of Compostela. The Mont Saint-Michel and the Ligeria paths are marked in the direction of Mont Saint-Michel and Rome respectively.