Located between Villefranche-de-Rouergue and Cordes-sur-Ciel, Najac is one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”. Dominated by its royal fortress, this charming medieval town overlooks the gorges of the Aveyron.

What to visit in Najac?

Najac, a medieval village in Aveyron, is the ideal place to combine heritage discovery and nature walks. Located in the heart of gorges of the Aveyron, the village has a rich historical heritage and offers many interesting sites to visit. Here are some of the main points of interest in Najac:

Independently, on a guided tour, on the water or in the air, we give you some ideas for discover Najac.

The medieval village

The village itself is charming, with its cobbled streets, stone and timber-framed houses. He is moreover ranked among the most beautiful in France. You can stroll through its narrow streets, admire the traditional architecture and discover the small shops and local restaurants. A visit plan is available at the reception of the tourism office. Guided tours are offered in summer to discover all the secrets of the village. 

The Royal Fortress of Najac

Visible from afar, the Najac fortress is a must in the village. This well-preserved medieval castle is famous for its imposing size and fascinating architecture. You can visit it on your own or on a guided tour. The bonus: a magnificent view of the village and the Aveyron gorges.

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Najac Castle

Near the fortress, the Governor's House is an interesting site to visit to learn more about the fortified towns of Rouergue. There you will find the Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Center : a good introduction before exploring the destination Bastides and Gorges of Aveyron.

You can also visit Saint John the Baptist Church, a 100th century building to admire its Gothic architecture and its magnificent stained glass windows as well as the Najac Museum which brings together a XNUMX% Najac collection.

An ideal spot for outdoor activities

In search of freshness, go down to the edges of the Aveyron to enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by nature. At the water's edge, take out your best polar and listen to the water of the river at your feet, the chirping of birds above your heads.

Venture on the paths! In addition to being located on the Conques-Toulouse route on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Najac is the starting point for many hikes. Put on your sneakers and explore the surroundings!

Want sensations? Embark on a canoe on the Aveyron river, keep your balance on a paddle, climb to the tops of the trees in the tree climbing or take a sporty getaway on a mountain bike.

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Follow rue du Barriou and go up to the keep of the Medieval fortress of Najac to enjoy a breathtaking view! To complete your visit, stop at the Governor's House, a fun space to discover the Bastides of Rouergue. In need of nature, venture out hiking or canoeing in the Gorges de l'Aveyron! Disconnection guaranteed!

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On the practical side, we answer your questions

How long to visit Najac?

We recommend a minimum of 3 hours to visit the village of Najac and its fortress. However, if you want to visit all the main points of interest and enjoy the Aveyron river, a full day will be necessary.

How to visit Najac?

The visit of the village is done on foot and preferably with comfortable shoes, a beautiful view, it has to be earned!

Independently, on a guided tour, on the water or in the air, we give you some ideas for discover Najac.

Where to swim near Najac?

If you find a swimming spot by the river, know that access is free, unsupervised and under your responsibility. Nearby, you can go to Laguépie or Lake Parisot where swimming is supervised in summer.

Where to park in Najac?

Najac being perched on its rocky ridge, you will have to leave your vehicle quite early before your visit. Completely free and unlimited parking in the town. See the car parks

What's the weather like in Najac?

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Where to sleep on a campsite in Najac?

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What to visit around Najac?

Venture around Najac to fill up on outdoor activities but also to visit towns and villages of character.

25 minutes from Najac, wander around the bastide town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue known for her traditional market Thursday morning, Notre Dame collegiate church and its remarkable monuments including the Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur and Chapel of the Black Penitents.

For a short stop between Najac and Villefranche de Rouergue, stop at lunac. A charming town that you can discover with the help of a tour plan.

Not very far from Najac, you can also visit the very pretty villages of Saint Antonin Noble Val et Ropes on Sky.

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