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.

Visit Traildino's overview page for the Way of Saint James / Camino de Santiago..


Select some tracks
Via Tolosana
.Via Tolosana, Arles - Montpellier, 89km
.Via Tolosana, Montpellier - Lodève, 82km
.Via Tolosana, Lodève - Castres, 159km
.Via Tolosana, Castres - Toulouse, 131km
.Voie d'Arles, Toulouse - Auch, 95km
.Via Tolosana, Auch - Maubourguet, 73km
.Via Tolosana, Maubouguet - Oloron Sainte-Marie, 91km
.Via Tolosana, Oloron-Sainte-Marie, Col du Somport, 63km
653, 531km
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
  • GR62B/GR36/GR46 Le Chemin de Conques à Toulouse FFRP Topo-guide No. 3646
  • Le Chemin de Conques à Toulouse, FFRP topoguide Ref. no. 3646, covering 563kms of various GR routes in the region of Quercy and the Gorges of the Aveyron between Conques and Cahors in the north and Toulouse and Albi in the south: le Chemin de Conques à Toulouse along the GR62B, 36 and 46; GR 36 from Cahors to Albi; GR46 along the Gorges of the... Read more
United Kingdom
  • GR653 Chemins de St-Jacques: Arles - Toulouse FFRP Topo-guide No. 6533
  • GR653: Chemins de St. Jacques from Arles to Toulouse, FFRP topo-guide Ref. No. 6533 in a new edition published in March 2016, 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.ABOUT THE... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Chemins de St. Jacques: Toulouse - Jaca - Lourdes GR653/GR101/GR78
  • Chemins de St. Jacques: Toulouse - Jaca, FFRP topoguide Ref. No. 6534, covering one of the southern routes of the Way of St. James in France: from Toulouse along the GR 653, with variants through Pau or Tarbes, across Col du Somport to Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees Current edition of this title was published in June 2014.ABOUT THE FFRP... 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
De Zwerver
De Zwerver
  • Wandelgids GR 653 Via Tolosana | Contad Stein Verlag | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Die Via Tolosana, auch Chemin d’Arles genannt, führt in Frankreich auf 750 km von Arles bis zur spanischen Grenze auf dem 1.632 m hohen Col du Somport. Sie ist als GR 653 in das Netz der französischen Fernwanderwege eingebunden und durchquert dabei vielfältige Landschaften. Von den Obstplantagen und Reisfeldern des Rhônedeltas in der Provence... Read more
De Zwerver
  • Wandelgids Via Tolosana – Jakobsweg | Rother
  • Duitstalige wandelgids met zeer goed beschreven wandelingen in de genoemde gebieden. Redelijk kaartmateriaal, vooral de beschrijving van de route en de praktische info die er bij hoort is meer dan goed. 256 Seiten mit 111 Farbabbildungen, 39 Höhenprofile; 48 Wanderkärtchen im Maßstab 1:100.000, eine Übersichtskarte Azurblauer Himmel, die Düfte... Read more
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  • Marian Wallis 2017-07-10 17:06:01
  • Hiking Oloron St Marie to Jaca
  • Is it possible to get luggage transported from one stage to the next
  • Marian Wallis 2017-07-10 17:04:46
  • Orolon St Marie to Jaca
  • Do you know if it is possible to get luggage transported from on stage to the next. Thank you Marian
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