These are monuments that are worth the detour, visit sites that tell our story...Visit the must-see destination Bastides and Gorges de l'Aveyron.
Close to our three towns and villages of character: Villeneuve d'Aveyron, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Najac, these places offer you an unforgettable journey through time. Prehistoric cave, fortress, castle and abbeys, they make the DNA of Rouergue.
Foissac prehistoric cave
First, go back some 5 years with a visit to the prehistoric cave of Foissac. This natural setting decorated with concretions in graceful shapes and soft colors protects some treasures. By following your guide, you will discover traces of human and animal occupation : bones, graves and gatehouses. During this guided tour of approximately 1 hour, let yourself be hypnotized by this enchanting underground world.
Royal Fortress of Najac
From Villefranche de Rouergue, follow the Aveyron river to Najac to attack its impregnable fortress. It is from the main street of the village that the impressive building can be seen, in a perspective worthy of a cinema shot. On a free or guided tour, dive back into the time of the Cathar struggles and other historic battles. The highlight of the show: the 360 ° panorama waiting for you at the top of the dungeon!
Bournazel castle and gardens
To the north of the Bastides and Gorges de l'Aveyron destination, on the road to Conques, is a gem. A real Renaissance museum, Bournazel Castle is a must for lovers of art, heritage and architecture. From the main courtyard, contemplate its exceptional carved decoration before taking a guided tour that will reveal all the secrets of this building. End your visit in the typical Renaissance gardens, ideal place to stroll and observe the many varieties of ancient flowers.
Nestled in the Seye valley, Beaulieu Abbey lives up to its name. Marvel at the time of an astonishing discovery. majestic building with neat equipment, its great sobriety brings out the charm of its architecture. During your visit, take advantage of a moment of stroll and relaxation in the heart of its art collections. Also get drunk on the scent of the flowers during a walk in the rose garden.
Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur Monastery
In Villefranche de Rouergue, a visit to the monastery of the Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur immerses you in the daily life of the Carthusian monks and lay brothers of yesteryear. At the heart of this jewel of flamboyant gothic art, live a parenthesis filled with calm and serenity. Admire the richly furnished chapel, contemplate the sculpted decoration of the small cloister before walking through the large cloister which served the twelve hermitages in which the monks lived.