The Route to Santiago de Compostela
All roads lead to Santiago de Compostela
Brittany boasts outstanding religious heritage: chapels, abbeys, parish closes… discover its richness and diversity by walking the footpaths of the Way of Saint James! A historic and spiritual journey on foot will certainly help you unwind!
Five starting points and 1,500 km of routes in Brittany
Using personal accounts and historical data, Brittany’s ‘Amis de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle’ association is resurrecting the pilgrim routes that led to Galicia. Today, 1,500 km of paths criss-cross the region. You can choose from five starting points: Pointe Saint-Mathieu, Moguériec, Locquirec, Beauport Abbey and Mont-Saint-Michel. These points are only suggestions and you can, of course, join one of the routes along the way if you prefer. Waymarked and with a preference for quieter paths, Brittany’s Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trails will allow you to discover Brittany’s natural riches and myriad religious buildings. Abbeys, chapels, and calvaries serve as landmarks for your journey.
The Mont-Saint-Michel trails, on the tracks of another great pilgrimage
For centuries, pilgrims flocked in their thousands to Mont-Saint-Michel, weaving a network of paths called the ‘Chemins Montais’. The ‘Les Chemins de Saint Michel’ association is endeavouring to rediscover these ancient routes, restore them and make them available to the public. The approach is therefore similar to that taken with respect to Santiago de Compostela pilgrim routes. Some sections are even the same, except that the routes to Mont-Saint-Michel head in the opposite direction. They follow Grande Randonnée® (GR®) and Grande Randonnée de Pays (GRP) routes but have their own signage, and the reward is always the same: the legendary silhouette of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey.
Tro Breizh, in honour of Brittany’s Seven Founding Saints
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims who walked the Tro Breizh route were paying homage to Saint Brieuc and Saint Malo in their home towns, to Saint Samson (in Dol-de-Brittany), to Saint Patern (in Vannes), to Saint Corentin (in Quimper), to Saint Paul Aurélien (in Saint-Pol-de-Léon) and to Saint Tugdual (in Tréguier). This 600 km journey was revived in 1994 by the ‘Les Chemins du Tro Breizh’ association, which organises a week of walking each year. However, visitors can enjoy the footpaths of Tro-Breizh as they please, all year round. It’s an unusual way of linking Brittany’s historic and religious towns.