La Romieu is a small town located in the north of the department of Gers, in Gascony. The village is classified among the "Most Beautiful Villages of France".
"Romieu" comes from the Gascon word Roumieu meaning "Pilgrim of Rome". Because it was in 1082, returning from a pilgrimage to Rome, that two German monks decided to stop and create a rescue in these places. In the 14th century, the village gained importance when Arnaud d'Aux de Lescout (camerian and camerleone to Pope Clement V) had a magnificent collegiate church built in his village. In the 14th century, La Romieu became a bastide and its arcaded square is now adorned with numerous stone cats which, placed on the windows of the houses, bring the legend of Angéline and her cats to life.
Located on the way to Santiago de Compostela (GR 65 coming from Puy-en-Velay), La Romieu is on the historic Lectoure-La Romieu-Condom section and receives a large number of pilgrims to Santiago every year of Compostela.