Arcades in the village of Sauveterre-de-Rouergue © C. Bousquet - CD12
Arcades in the village of Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue
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Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is a must-visit medieval town, a live testimony of History that won’t leave you cold. What’s better than getting lost in the cobbled alleys and to chat with the arts & crafts artists?

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, seen from the sky, Aveyron © C. Bousquet - CD12
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, seen from the sky

A ROYAL BASTIDE LABELED AMONG THE “MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF FRANCE”

You will be under the spell of Sauveterre-de-Rouergue - founded in 1281 -, its 47 arches and its medieval alleys. Entering the village through the Saint-Christophe fortified gate, you will be struck by the stone or half-timbered houses. Make a stop in front of the collegiate church and look for the coat & arms and the carved stones scattered all over the front… A preserved heritage that explains why it belongs to the “Most Beautiful Villages of France” in Aveyron. Learn all its secrets thanks to our guided tours.

THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT!... & so will you! (only available in French)

Use the itinerary “Oreilles en balade” (Literally “Ears at walk”) through the town. Ask for the audioguide or flashcode and shh! … Listen to the anecdote about a village story told by an inhabitant.

 “ART & SAVOIR-FAIRE” IN SAUVETERRE-DE-ROUERGUE

Make the first step and chat with the artists and artisans in the Arts & Craft Centre and visit their workshops : jewels, pieces of pottery, photos…
Don’t miss the showroom in Espace Lapérouse – an exhibition place dedicated to their work: you will be tempted to sit around Nicolas’s hand-made coffee table (only the table, no cups!) or blown away by Francis’s weather vanes

Luthier au pôle d’artisanat d’art de Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, Aveyron © DR
Luthier au pôle d’artisanat d’art de Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

WANT TO DO SOMETHING UNUSUAL IN SAUVETERRE-DE-ROUERGUE ?

Enter the unique cellar accessible in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, inside Espace Lapérouse, down the stairs. There, you will go back in time, in 1577 precisely, to meet Hans de Bâle from the Kingdom of France who will tell you his story thanks to a scenography and the model of the village at that time… a full-immersion in our royal bastide !
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HOW TO PARTY IN SAUVETERRE-DE-ROUERGUE

When spring blossoms, the village full of irreducible but lovely inhabitants, greats world-renowned artists in the exceptional setting of its royal square! Soft’R in May, the AJAL Great Ball in August, Roots’ergue in October… and also the Chestnut festival and our family-tailored Light Festival that will make your eyes sparkle!

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