La Bastide l’Evêque
Founded in 1280 by the Raymond de Calmont the bishop (Evêque) of Rodez to compete with Villefranche-de-Rouergue, the bastide is built on a granite plateau that overlooks the Gorges de l’Aveyron where numerous martinets (hydraulic forges) beat copper in the Middle Ages. This character village has preserved its layout so typical of bastide towns with its streets arranged in a grid pattern. Saint Dalmas church stands proudly in the central square.
In the 13th century, the neighbouring Lézert valley was the setting for a particular industrial activity: fifteen or so Martinets (hydraulic forges) worked and produced the “coupe noire” rough containers used to make cauldrons and pots. One of these forges, le martinet de la Ramonde, has been entirely restored and is now in working order. Today the site has become an unmissable place to visit in the region.
For your holidays
La Bastide-L'Evêque is an area with a warm welcome par excellence. The diversity of its architectural heritage will satisfy those who love character buildings: churches, châteaux, bridges, mills… are all close by. The numerous marked paths enable you to fully enjoy the countryside and you can taste the local cuisine in its restaurants and also at its local producers’ evening markets. In the summer, the bastide comes alive: traditional summer fêtes and festivals, Bastide festival, Martinet evening market.