Saint Chély d'Aubrac, village on the Aubrac plateau.Saint Chély d'Aubrac, a village on the Aubrac plateau.
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Saint-Chély d’Aubrac

The village of Saint Chély d’Aubrac, at an altitude of 800 m, nestles at the foot of the Aubrac plateau, along the Boralde de Saint Chély valley. The village lies at the start of many hiking trails, including the GR 65, also known as the “Via Podiensis”, the legendary route to Santiago de Compostela.


A remarkable village

The village ofSaint-Chély d’Aubrac boasts several important architectural features. The Pont des Pèlerins (Pilgrims’ Bridge), a listed historic monument dating from the Middle Ages, is a Unesco World Heritage Site on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. On the parapet of this bridge stands the Saint-Chély Cross, designed to give courage to weary pilgrims. This 14th-century cross depicts a pilgrim leaning on his staff with one hand, holding a rosary in the other. Further on, you can see the Tour de Bonnefon, a listed monument built in the 15th century to defend the barn of the monks of the Domerie d’Aubrac. As you can see, Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is one of the most important villages on the Aubrac plateau.

Aubrac, a must for hikers

The village of Saint-Chély-d’Aubrac is a must for local long-distance h ikers. The best-known of these is the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Well-known and appreciated by hikers in search of sumptuous landscapes, this GR is used by over 20,000 pilgrims every year. From the Aubrac plateau, hikers stop at Saint-Chély d’Aubrac, before descending into the Lot valley to Saint-Côme-d’Olt.

Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is also a stopover on the Saint-Guilhem-le-désert trail, which runs from Aumont-Aubrac throughAubrac, the Grands Causses, the Gorges du Tarn and on to the Hérault…

Finally, Saint-Chély d’Aubrac is also part of the GRP Tour des Monts d’Aubrac, a not-to-be-missed circuit for exploring the Aubrac plateau.

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