Life is a pilgrimage
The town of Capestang is now officially part of the Santiago de Compostela, on the route from Montpellier to Toulouse, called "The Way of the Foothills” "La Voie des Piémonts” - which then enters Northern Spain through the bordering Pyrenees Mountains.
Like the Canal du Midi which connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean, so does The Way of the Foothills. This pedestrian bridge unites Italy to Spain through France; an important part of the Camino (the name for the French part of the route) no matter which way you walk it.
This region is a beautiful leg of the walk offering 100 hours over 479 km through breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea, walking over rolling vine covered hills, and along the Canal du Midi straight across France.
Capestang town hall has just received their Pilgrimage stamp status, with which to show proof of the pilgrim's passage through the town. Travellers can get the stamp, available at the tourist office, the town hall, the church, and the castle.
The stamp entitles travellers to stay in “Albergue’ ‘Pilgrim Only” hostels on route, and also special pilgrim meals at some local restaurants.
We spoke to Eva Hamori from Capestang about this, and she told us some great stories about the walk. We’ll be featuring them soon in a Sunday Croissant, together with details about how to take part.
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