GR653 - Via Tolosana


  1. Name GR653 - Via Tolosana (GR653)
  2. Length of trail 800 km, 497 miles
  3. Length in days 32 days
  4. Start of trail Arles
  5. End of trail Col du Somport
  6. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

GR653, Voie d'ArlesVia Tolosana, GR655, Arles - Col du Somport, 800 km, 32 days

The Via Tolosana is the fourth traditional pilgrim way to Santiago de Compostela in France. It starts in Arles and finds its way westward to Montpellier at the Mediterranean coast, through the forests of the Haut-Languedoc and over the plains east and west from Toulouse.

From a walkers point of view, the Via Lemovicensis and Via Podiensis are more interesting. Nevertheless, historically this Way is important, also because it was and is used by pilgrims from Italy. Some people walk from Rome, Via Francigena, to Santiago, using this Way.

Between Italy and Arles they either use the GR653D / Voie d’Arles over the Alps or the GR653A / Via Aurelia along the coast of the Provence. From Col du Somport, follow the Camino Aragonés.

The trail is marked and described as GR655 by the FFRP.

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Select some tracks
Via Tolosana, 793km
.Voie d'Arles, Arles - Montpellier, 93km
Via Tolosana, Montpellier - Lodève, 90km
.Via Tolosana, Lodève - Castres, 162km
.Via Tolosana, Castres - Toulouse, 133km
.Voie d'Arles, Toulouse - Auch, 100km
.Voie d'Arles, Auch - Maubourguet, 75km
.Via Tolosana, Maubourguet - Oloron-Sainte-Marie, 92km
.Via Tolosana, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Col du Somport, 64km
GR 653, Montgiscard-Pibrac, 54km
.Variante par Oppidum de Cluzel, 3.3km
Via Tolosana
.GR 653, Arles-Naurouze, 412km
.GR 653, Naurouze-Montgiscard, 36km
.GR 653, Pibrac-Auch, 82km
.GR 653, Auch-Somport, 227km
Via Tolosane
Via Tolosana - Variante, Borce - Urdos - du Berat du Haut aux Forges d'Abel, 2.8km


Map of GR653 West

Map of GR653 East


United Kingdom
  • Sentier vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle via Arles: Arles - Toulouse GR653
  • GR653: Chemins de St. Jacques from Arles to Toulouse, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. 6533 in a new edition published in July 2019, with colour reproductions of IGN’s topographic mapping at 1:50,000. The guide covers the 465-km long Via Arletanensis route of the Way of St James in France from Arles across Montpellier and Cartres to Toulouse.From... Read more
United Kingdom
  • GR653D Chemins de St-Jacques: Montgenèvre - Arles FFRP Topo-guide No. 6531
  • Chemins de St-Jacques: Montgenèvre - Arles, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 6531, covering a 459km route along the GR653D from Montgenèvre in the French Alps on the Italian border, across Gap, Sisteron, Apt and Cavaillon, to Arles. Current edition of this title was published in June 2014.ABOUT THE FFRP (Fédération française de la randonnée pédestre)... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Le Chemin du Piemont Pyreneen - vers Saint-Jacques-de-Compostell
  • Le Chemin du Piémont Pyrénéen, FFRP topoguide, Ref. No. 780, covering the GR78 - the Way of St. James along the northern side of the Pyrenees from Carcassonne to Roncesvalles on the Spanish side, with an alternative variant to cross the mountains along the Col du Somport. Current edition of this title was published in May 2017.The route, the... Read more
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