- Name GR653 - Via Tolosana (GR653)
- Distance de sentier 800 km, 497 milles
- Durée en jours 32 jours
- Début de sentier Arles
- Fin de sentier Col du Somport
- Classement Traildino EW, Marche facile, sentier de la nature
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.
Visit Traildino's overview page for the Way of Saint James / Camino de Santiago..