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Walking and hiking around Cordes

The region of Cordes provides a range of walking trails as another way to discover this beautiful region, its hills and valleys, plateaux, flora, pigeonniers, etc.. Using the GR 36 which passes through Cordes, and other small hiking trails, you can enjoy our beautiful region.

Various hiking guides are available for sale at the tourist office (see our shop).
Most of these circuits are also accessible for mountain bikes and on horseback.

The tourist office also offers a driving tour (2:00 hours, 28 km) of discovery of features of the  local region (including pigeonniers, churches, etc ).

Once on the Compostela way

From Conques to Toulouse

As a 13th century bastide town and a medieval staging post located between medieval Languedoc and Rouergue, Cordes has seen many travellers, including pilgrims.

Most of them followed the route between Sainte-Foy of Conques and the Basilica of Saint-Sernin of Toulouse, both proud owners of precious relics.

In the 16th century, the famous traveller Thomas Platter wrote of his visit to Cordes:

« It is said to be the strongest place of all the Albigenses, built on a high hill overlooking the countryside and controlling the route between Villefranche and Toulouse. The streets are paved with large paving stones as in Barcelona. »

A pilgrim’s heritage

In Cordes, the presence of pilgrims and devotion to the Apostle James was already underway in the early 14th century, as recorded in the city archives and demonstrated by the shells on the pediment of the houses.

From 1320, the Brotherhood of Saint James, maintained a hospital (which has now disappeared), which was adjacent to a chapel, La Capelette Saint-Jacques.
This chapel (on the corner of the Grand’Rue de l’Horloge and the Rue Saint-Louis) underwent restoration in the 16th century.

The chapel features a ribbed vaulted ceiling and houses in a niche on the outside, a statue of the Virgin Mary. It was sculpted by the figurative painter Yves Brayer, who in the 1970s, restored the chapel. He decorated it with a fresco depicting the pilgrimage to Compostela and also prepared the cartoon for the stained glass window figure of Saint-Jacques.

For more informations, please visit the following links (french websites):
www.chemins-compostelle.com : Association of Interregional Cooperation (ACIR)
www.verscompostelle.fr : On the way from Conques to Toulouse and from Conques to Moissac

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Comité Départemental de la Randonnée Pédestre du Tarn

6 rue Saint Clair – 81000 Albi

Tél. : 05 63 47 73 06
Contact : ffrandonnee@ffrandonnee-tarn.org
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