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On the road to Compostela : from Motz to Saint Genix sur Guiers

In Savoie, its 58km route traverses some varied landscapes following the Rhône to St Genix sur Guiers. Although Santiago de Compostela is still over 1700km away, you can still experience this thousand year old pilgrimage route and you will meet very many pilgrims from Switzerland, Germany and the countries of Eastern Europe. We invite you to follow this thousans year old route, redolent of spirituality.

Sport On the road to Compostela : from Motz to Saint Genix sur Guiers Saint-Genix-les-Villages


Departing from Saint-Genix-les-Villages (73240)
Total elevation gain : 626m
Vertical drop : 626m
Distance : 58km
Signed walking trail
Animals allowed

The routes of Santiago de Compostela in France are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Via Gebenensis comes from Geneva to go to Le Puy en Velay and Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (in Spain).
Between Yenne and Saint-Maurice de Rotherens, you will have to climb 600m into a forest before finally enjoy the amazing panoramic view on the plain of Rhône. What a nice comfort after such sport !. Once you have crossed the region of Yenne, you come in Val Guiers region in which you can see many churches and chapels: in Saint-Maurice-de-Rotherens, the sculpted wooden cross of a pilgrim and the Chapel of Pigneux in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers. Pilgrimage is a time when you can discover the patrimony

The legend of the scallop
During a wedding feast, a noble knight fell into the ocean with his horse just as the boat carrying the body of Saint James passed by. Immediately the sea became calm and the knight and his horse emerged from the water, covered in scallop shells, known in French as shells of Saint James - coquilles Saint-Jacques.

The symbol of pilgrimage
In the Middle Ages, the shells were sold in the square in front of Santiago Cathedral. The pilgrims carried them home as proof of their journey.

Total elevation gain : 626m
Altitude max : 877m
Vertical drop : 626m


On the voie du Puy-en-Velay, the yellow shell on the blue background guides you from Geneva to Santiago de Compostela.

Difficult passages

A variant enables people to step away from the dangerous cliffs of Mont Tournier in winter period. This lesser "wild" variant offers a more open landscape than the forest circuit going through the summit of Mont Tournier and enables to discover the countryside of Yenne and its surroundings.

Further informations

Stone, Ground, Hard coating (tar, cement, flooring), Grit

The pilgrim guide is available in the Val Guiers Tourist Office in Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers.


Animals allowed

Period of practice

Throughout the year : open daily.

  • Pets welcome


Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers 73240 Saint-Genix-les-Villages
Departing from : Saint-Genix-les-Villages (73240)
Latitude : 45.598686 - Longitude : 5.632304

Saint James Way starts from Geneva and goes via Yenne, Saint-Maurice-de-Rotherens, Grésin, Saint-Genix-sur-Guiers, Romagnieu, Le puy en Velay… It is a journey of 1800 km between Geneva to Santiago de Compostela.

Information update on 27/03/2024 by Communauté de Communes Val Guiers