Heritage lover, hiking lover, gastronomy lover... Choose the theme made for you for a weekend in Aveyron.

In this article, we give you our ideas for a weekend in the destination Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron, one of the Grand Sites Occitanie – Sud de France.

Full of heritage in one weekend

Are you a heritage lover? We bring you the essential monuments to visit during a weekend. And because choosing Aveyron means choosing tranquility, here are 4 sites to explore without rushing:

  • La royal fortress of Najac : perhaps the most spectacular monument of our destination Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron! Impressive in its size and its position above the gorges of Aveyron, the fortress is a 40 meter dungeon to climb and more than 10 centuries of history to discover.
  • The abbey of Loc-Dieu : this Cistercian monument stands in the heart of a 40-hectare park which invites you to take a stroll. This building with its elegant architecture conceals many secrets…
  • La Chapel of the Black Penitents : push open the doors of a monument with a sober and elegant appearance before discovering a gem of baroque art! Fully painted vault, imposing golden altarpiece... It's a guaranteed wow effect!
  • La Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur : this time, a haven of serenity awaits you at the gates of Villefranche de Rouergue. Following in the footsteps of the Carthusian Fathers and Lay Brothers, walk through a monument that will not leave you indifferent. 

Three bastides to visit during a weekend in Aveyron

Aveyron is full of charming villages and towns with a rich heritage... Along with the Dordogne, the department also has the largest number of villages classified among the most beautiful in France: 10! But, in this article, we want to introduce you to three cities with unique history and architecture! Discover Villeneuve d'Aveyron, Villefranche de Rouergue and Najac, three of the six bastides of Rouergue.

For this weekend in Aveyron, we suggest:

To perfect your weekend program, we suggest you browse our three tips below.

Villefranche de Rouergue - 7 ideas for a weekend in Aveyron

Family weekend with children

Experience magical moments with your loved ones in the heart of Aveyron! The recipe for an ideal stay with children:

  • monuments to explore;
  • wide open spaces for family adventures;
  • activities to let off steam and challenge yourself!

Discover our top tips for family activities and outings based on the age of the children:

Unusual weekend in Aveyron

Want to break away from routine? For an unusual weekend in Aveyron, choose extraordinary accommodation for an unforgettable night:

  • A trailer at campsite OnlyCamp de Villefranche de Rouergue for a bohemian atmosphere.
  • Un cabane in the woods at Moulin de Cavaillac in Naussac: perfect for reconnecting with nature.
  • A bubble surrounded by nature in Najac, the starry sky from your bed!
  • A medieval guest room in the heart of the bastide town of Villefranche.
  • An experiment van-life to wander around the destination in road-trip mode.

Hiking weekend in Aveyron

Did you know ? Our destination is crossed by the variant Conques-Toulouse of the way to Santiago de Compostela! Lace up your hiking shoes and set off on our GR. Of Peyrusse-le-Roc to Laguépie via Villeneuve, Villefranche-de-Rouergue et Najac, explore our destination on foot.

Please note: the Salles-Courbatiès, Villefranche de Rouergue and Najac stations, all close to the GR, allow you to get to your starting point by train!

Gourmet weekend in Aveyron

Where to start ? From the beginning! Come and meet our local to discover the manufacturing process of the destination's products. Goat cheeses, fatted ducks, edible flowers, walnut oil, truffles... Flavors and lovely encounters on the program for your farm visits !

And then, time for tasting! There are of course the Aveyron ambassadors: aligot, sausage and Roquefort….but we have some other lesser-known traditional dishes that deserve to be tasted! At restaurants, at markets, on picnics... One goal... to have fun! 

Goat cheese

Car-free weekend in Aveyron

Le train takes you to Villefranche de Rouergue and Najac for a car-free weekend in Aveyron. An excellent idea for a carbon-free getaway! On foot or with your bike, explore the visiting sites near the destination's stations.

Your visiting sites located less than one kilometer from a station:

So board the train towards the Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron! And because the journey is also part of the journey, you will be able to contemplate unique landscapes from the rails.


About Marion

100% Aveyronnaise, I love exploring the Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron to enjoy new landscapes throughout the seasons...
Hikes, visits to monuments and charming villages, events and outings with friends... I'm never bored in this pretty corner of Aveyron!

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