Welcome to Le Puy-en-Velay
Since the Middle Ages, Le Puy has been the starting point of the Via Podiensis, the oldest French route of the Way of St James. Le Puy's cathedral, a focal point for pilgrims, is also perched on a volcanic hill in the core of the alluring old town.
Le Puy is the proud home of two of the Auvergne’s great gastronomic boasts: lentils grown in volcanic soil – gilded with Appellation d’Origine Protégée designation – and Verveine du Velay, an aromatic green liqueur. Le Puy was also a historic centre for lace-making; the craft remains greatly admired and fuels a modest souvenir trade.