the châteaux of Aveyron
more than just a visit !
In the château de Belcastel, you will find several art galleries including the exhibition of rare works by American illustrators. At the château du Colombier, the lions from the mediaeval animal park await you. At the château de Calmont d’Olt, children become knights and experts in mediaeval culture will demonstrate Middle Age war machines.
These are just a few examples of the extreme diversity of these châteaux that all offer an experience that goes well beyond a simple visit.
From La Salvetat follow the D905 towards Carmaux for 3.5km. The ruins of the Chateau are on the left. It's hard to imagine that this castle, perched on a pinnacle above the Lézert, was once so important that it gave its name to the whole region (Peyralès). As well as a fortified tower and the arcades of a former church, the ruins of several other buildings are still visible, on the plateau and on the slopes leading to it. You'll find information on the panel just before the castle. THE RUINS ARE DANGEROUS. ACCESS IS FORBIDDEN.
Exceptional visit offered only in summer! Discovery of the sauveté (refuge) and bastide of Villeneuve every Wednesday morning at 10.30 am in July and August. The rest of the year only for groups.
Discover the village of Estaing and its history: 15th century Saint Fleuret church, the Gothic bridge and college (early 16th century), the picturesque alley-ways and heritage curiosities. Free selguided-tour map of the village available at the information center. Guided tours on request (from groups of 10 only)
Fortified by nature, Peyrusse, the ancient Petrucia seeks its origins in the night of time. It's a life-size history book, a walk through the centuries.
Perched on an impressive basaltic peak, the castle of Calmont d'Olt the historic monument dominates the Lot valley. Its silhouette leaves you in no doubt as to the military vocation of its ramparts built during the Hundred Years' War. Shows and live demonstrations with siege machines, an architecture discovery circuit, the "knights" game for children, and weapons and archeological exhibitions.
The 14th century tower of the Templar commandery of La Clau. Fortified the place became a Templar commandery in the 13th century, of which the castle tower, repaired in 1681 remains. Outdoor visit free throughout the year (explanatory panel)
An exceptional family home, this richly furnished medieval castle gave Toulouse-Lautrec the assets to become one of the most famous painters of the 19th century. The artist is always present there through drawings, posters and lithographs.
Aubrac, 'Alto Braco' in an old local patois, meaning 'the high place' is located on the Aubrac Plateau at 4422 feet altitude. The village, a very rich place historically speaking, is listed as a Historic Monument and is a stop-over on the Way of St. James. The stop-over gîte is hidding in a tower dating from the 14th century, built as a protection against the English during the Hundred Years War.
In the 19th century, a traveller arrived in Bournazel and wrote: "From the château to the lake, one doesn't know who, man or mother nature, was the architect, painter or goldsmith to create such a special, charming bucolic setting".