The most beautiful villages of Aveyron

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The Aveyron has no fewer than ten villages classed among "the most beautiful in France"

Appearing around a bend in the river or at the crossing of a pathway, beautiful places are just waiting to reveal their stories and secrets.

 

Belcastel

Belcastel has been quietly nestled in the valley of the Aveyron for immemorial centuries. The village is dominated by its mediaeval chateau which can be reached by taking one of the many cobbled streets which criss-cross the town.

 

Brousse-le-Château

From their rocky vantage point, the mediaeval village of Brousse-le-Chateau and its fortress watch over the Tarn valley.

 

Conques

One of the major waypoints site on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the village of Conques is laid out around its abbey church. Dedicated to Saint Foy, the building combines Romanesque architecture with contemporary art (stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages).

 

Estaing

Following the river Lot you arrive at the village and chateau of Estaing whose imposing figure appears to guide pilgrims on the Route du Puy section of the way to Santiago de Compostela .

 

La Couvertoirade

At the heart of the Larzac plateau, the fortified village of La Couvertoirade preserves the memory of the Orders of the Knights Templar and Hospitaller.

 

Najac

Founded in the Middle Ages, Najac is stretched out along a rocky ridge overlooking the gorges of the Aveyron. The tour will take you to the imposing chateau which stands proudly at the end of the village.

 

Peyre

A few steps from the Millau Viaduct, on the right bank of the Tarn, Peyre is a village with a unique and original architecture. Built on the side of an imposing cliff, many of the dwellings are built into the rock, exploiting the natural cave system.

 

Saint-Côme-d'Olt

On the banks of the river Lot, the streets of Saint-Côme d'Olt have maintained all their mediaeval charm. A particular gem to discover is the church topped by a stunning decorated bell tower, symbol of the village.

 

Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt

By the river Lot upon which it was established long ago, Sainte-Eulalie d'Olt has inherited a particular charm from the watercourse with many buildings incorporating round boulders from the riverbed in their construction.

 

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

Founded in the thirteenth century, the fortified village of Sauveterre-de-Rouergue invites you back into the Middle Ages. Nicknamed la bastide des métiers d'art - "the artists' fort" - the city is today home to many artists and crafstmen

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