SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELLA AND MOISSAC
The Via Podiensis to Santiago de Compostella leaves Le Puy en Velay and passes through Moissac. It is the most travelled path in France. To the north it goes through Lauzerte (24 km away), to the west through Auvillar (21 km away). Its heritage, train station and facilities makes Moissac a major stop in the South West of France. The ways to Santiago de Compostella, after centuries of oblivion, have regained great popularity following the visit of John Paul II, in 1982, to Compostella. The growing attraction of the Camino brings together a vast panel of people motivated by various reasons as illustrated in the book of Jean-Christophe Rufin «Immortelle randonnée». 16000 pilgrims come through Moissac every year.
The Ways to Santiago de Compostella : first European cultural itinerary and UNESCO World Heritage.
These awards stress the real significance and value of the Camino and its rich and varied heritage. In 1987, the GR65 designated as first European cultural Itinerary. In 1988, 71 sites in 13 French regions and 7 segments on the GR65 registered UNESCO World Heritage among them Moissac for its Tympanum and cloister.
In 2010, to be noted: 80 Compostellan Associations in France and the involvement of villages, towns departments and regions
In practice, the way of Saint James
Traditionally, the pilgrim travels with a passport (called créanciale when delivered by the church or crédential when delivered by one of the associations) stamped at each stop. This passport will prove useful in order to gain accommodation in certain hostals or reductions for pilgrims.
Moissac Tourist Office sells this passport and stamps your credential.
Special Welcome for Pilgrims
Your credential gives you a reduced price for the visit of the cloister. You can also take advantage, first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening, of our “guided flash visit”, which over half an hour will open your eyes to this exceptional cloister, the oldest historiated cloister in the world.
Apps on Smartphone to help prepare and carry out your itinerary.
Chemins de St-Jacques de Compostelle - Free – Descriptions of the routes, stop offs, accommodation, geolocated alerts … edited by the Region.
Cirkwi an app listing lots of walks throughout France
Manage your travels
Secure Parking for pilgrims vehicules
Municipal Parking (Video surveillance): 6€/day, degressive rate, from day 7: 4€/day. Booking with the Tourist Office: 05 63 04 01 65
Campsite du Moulin de Bidounet (outside, 2km from the centre of town): 3,50 €/day
Hotel du Luxembourg: closed parking 6€/day (priority to hotel guests)
Hotel Le Moulin: closed parking 5€/day (priority to hotel guest)
Train station: town centre, 7 minutes from the Abbey
Train timetables: consult Moissac train station: 05 63 04 01 61
Opening time: Monday 6.25 am -13.55 pm / Tuesday to Friday: 8.30 am -13 pm and 2 pm – 5.15 pm Saturday: 8.15 am – 2.45 pm / Sunday & bank holidays: 8.55 am – 2.25 pm Automated ticket distributor on the platform
Airport shuttles: link from Toulouse Blagnac Airport to Moissac: from 60€ for 1 to 4 persons: 05 61 41 56 93 – www.eco-navette.fr
Transfer of bags and pilgrims
- Transports - Midi - Voyage - 06 14 05 90 28 ( Based in the Tarn et Garonne )
- Quercy Tour - 06 83 10 21 36 ( Based in the Lot )
- Transport Claudine Cahors/ Nogaro - 06 74 91 90 65 / 05 62 28 67 92 ( Based in the Gers )
- Taxi Bernard Lectoure / Le Puy - 05 65 50 00 20 / 06 07 19 02 41 ( Based in the Lot )
- Taxis Lorette - 05 63 94 77 00 ( Based in the Tarn et Garonne )
- Taxis Bas Quercy Autos - 05 63 04 56 56 / 06 87 06 40 66 ( Based in the Tarn et Garonne )
- Taxis Moissagais : Landes 35 bd Alsace Lorraine - 05 63 04 03 88 / 06 32 16 49 19
- Taxis et Ambulances 2000- Route lafrancaise - 05 63 04 82 82
- Taxi Occitanie - Séverine Dalpozo : 06 32 10 63 36
Accomodations – see gites de groupe
- Lavomatic: 2 rue Victor Hugo
Services dedicated to Pilgrims :
La Traversée de Moissac (shop for pilgrims)
Equipment dedicated to hiking including nutrition and health products.
Distributor of FAGUO, an eco-responsible brand – for each shoes or equipment bought a tree is planted in France
Tel: 05 63 29 23 26
The Abbey Bookshop (Tourist Office)
Books and maps on the Camino…..soaps and much more
New 2016 : PILGRIMS WELCOME at the Abbey
Open from May to September, 11 am to 12 pm & 2.30 pm to 5.45 pm. The nones from the Community Marie Mère de l'Eglise offer a christian and spiritual welcome everyday at 5 pm.
Times of services
Week : 6.30pm (Hospital chapel in winter, Abbey church in summer)
Saturday: 9am and 6.30pm at the Abbey church
Sunday: 11am at the Abbey church
Every day, with the religious community Marie Mère de l’Eglise:
“Take this staff for your pilgrimage, to support you along your route and your struggle, so that you may defeat all your enemies and return to us in joy having accomplished your journey. May God himself who is eternal, grant you this. Amen”
This blessing is ascribed to a German knight, Arnold Von Harfflau, on the day of this departure on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in 1496.