GR 65 goes through several départements and regions. Hikers will admire many different landscapes and rich diversified heritage sites.
The starting place in Haute-Loire known as the South of Auvergne (43) is a department famous for lace-making and Le Puy delicious green lentils.
Then comes Lozère (48) situated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region whose name comes from Mount Lozère. It is a rural département. Its economy is mainly based on agriculture and tourism. Lozère is particularly well known because of the story of the Gévaudan beast which terrified the people living there in the XVIIIth century.
Then you are in Aveyron (12) whose name comes from the river Aveyron situated in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The site of the Viaduct of Millau is particularly famous in the department. Ten villages of Aveyron are listed “most beautiful villages in France”, four of them being stopping places on Via Podiensis (GR 65).
The finishing line of this section is in the Lot département (46) and still is in the Midi-Pyrénées region called ‘wonderland’ because of its exceptional beauty spots. The economy of the département is based on the tourist trade mainly due to picturesque villages, caves and abysses.
- Le Puy-en-Velay – Saint Jean-Pied de Port : 730 km.
- Saint Jean-Pied de Port – Santiago de Compostela : 791 km.
- Le Puy-en-Velay –Santiago de Compostela : 1521 km.