Capital of the Causse which it proudly dominates, Villeneuve d'Aveyron offers an exceptional architectural heritage. Wander its streets and discover the secret of its beautiful stones.

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Tour Soubirane in Villeneuve d'Aveyron

Villeneuve d'Aveyron is a charming village located in the department of Aveyron, in France. The village, one of the emblematic hearts of Grand Site Occitanie Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron, has a rich history!

Find here some suggestions of things to do and see in Villeneuve d'Aveyron.

What to visit in Villeneuve d'Aveyron?

  • Safety and the bastide
  • The Church of the Holy Sepulcher
  • The Jean-Marie Perier Gallery
  • The Soubirane tower
  • The church of Tolongergues

Explore the medieval village

Stroll through the picturesque streets of Villeneuve d'Aveyron and discover its well-preserved medieval architecture. Admire the stone houses, ancient gates and decorated facades.

The history of this village naturally begins in the XNUMXthe century when it was a simple village (sauveté) placed under the protection of the Church. Two centuries later was created here the first bastide of Rouergue at the instigation of Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse.

Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Let yourself be captivated by the mix of Romanesque and Gothic styles of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Inside, gaze at the XNUMXth century wall paintings. A legend is told to you… Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this sacred building and soak up the spiritual atmosphere that reigns there.

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Sixties at the Galerie Jean-Marie Périer

In one of the most beautiful buildings in Villeneuve d'Aveyron, experience a real temporal parenthesis by discovering the exhibition of 200 shots made by Jean-Marie Périer in the 60s and 70s. During your visit, listen to the photographer's stories who immortalized the biggest names in French and international song: Johnny Hallyday, France Gall, Claude François, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.

The church of Tolongergues

Follow in the footsteps of our Visigoth ancestors by following our guide who will tell you the story of the church of Toulongergues. In the heart of Causse Villeneuvois, let yourself be surprised by its plan, its rounded corners, its overstepped openings and its interior decor rich in polychrome frescoes and enigmatic sculptures.

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A country house on the causse

280 million years ago the sea stretched over what would become the Causse de Villeneuve. Pebbles, fossils still attest to it...

Villeneuve d'Aveyron and its Causse landscapes

The Causse de Villeneuve forms the western tip of the Aveyron department, an ideal playground for your walks and hikes. Its low reliefs will allow the whole family to venture out to discover the landscapes of stony moorland, forests of stunted oaks and the small heritage of the Causse. Dolmens, caselles, dovecote, so many sites to explore!

For the bravest, a variant of Way of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, the GR62B which connects Conques to Toulouse, crosses the town. So put on your sneakers, the paths are just waiting for you!

Walk on the Causse de Villeneuve d'Aveyron

For a family outing

Follow the circuit of the Tomb of the Giant with the Baludik digital treasure hunt !
In the company of Sam and Falco, unravel the mysteries of the medieval city and the small heritage of the causse.

Discover also our TOP 5 family outings in Bastides and Gorges de l'Aveyron.

Villeneuve d’Aveyron in video

On the Causse, the village of Villeneuve has not finished revealing its secrets to you. Stroll through its labyrinthine streets, take the time to drink a coffee under the arcades, stroll along the hiking trails or fly away from Leap of the Mounine to have a view of the Lot… and for explorers, a visit to the Caves of Foissac is essential!

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What to visit around Villeneuve d'Aveyron?

  • Foissac cave
  • The Gardens of Jammes
  • Montsales
  • Holy Cross
  • Le Saut de la Mounine and the Cross of the Belgians

Foissac cave

Venture underground and marvel at the remarkable concretions, pottery and other vestiges of prehistoric times. A magical atmosphere that will transport you to an enchanting world where history and nature meet.

The Gardens of Jammes

Dive into a fragrant and colorful paradise by visiting the Jammes Gardens. Let the scents of aromatic and medicinal plants gently tickle your nostrils. By following your guide, you will discover the stages of the manufacturing process of infusions, hydrosols and compositions for the kitchen.


Built in the XNUMXth century, the medieval tower of Montsalès offers a fabulous panorama over the causse and the Lot valley. In season, it houses works by artists. Go around the tower to go to the terrace and enjoy the unobstructed view in the open air.

Holy Cross

10 minutes from Villeneuve, stop off at Sainte-Croix to visit its charming village, formerly fortified. Follow the tour departing from the town hall to discover evidence of the village's past. You can even climb to the top of its keep tower to admire the surrounding landscapes.

Le Saut de la Mounine and the Cross of the Belgians

A few minutes from Villeneuve d'Aveyron, these sites offer striking views of the Lot valley and its meanders.
Good to know: these two superb places are also the dream spot for paragliders. Fly away with Airlinks for unforgettable sensations!

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