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.
In Orlhaguet, one of the most beautiful villages in the north Aveyron, nicknamed the "Nice of the mountain" come and discover a series of 13 sculpted crosses from the 15th and 16th centuries that naturally lead you to the fortified church, half Romanesque, half Gothic, surmounted by massive defence constructions dating from the 14th century.
The association "L'Eau et la Pierre" propose a 2h guided tour of the medieval village of Vimenet by appointment for groups. Guided tours in summer (enquire) or by appointment for groups. Bookings: Tourism Office : +33 5 65 70 71 30.
Discover the old centre of Entraygues whilst having fun at the same time. Answer questions (games, charades...) and come back and check your answers at the Office de Tourisme. Free documentation from the Office de Tourisme.
Its keep, its church, its character houses will take you back to the Middle Ages, when the village was the settlement of an influential seigneury. From the top of the village to the banks of River Nauze, a travel back in time is offered to you...
Visit the old town. Departure from the Office de Tourisme, marked itinerary from N° 1 to N° 21 (signs positioned along the circuit). Free guided visit available from the Office de Tourisme in French, English, Spanish, German and Dutch.
The 12th and 13th century royal fortress is an extraordinary example of military defences It was actively used in the fight against the Cathars and the Hundred Years war. Its dungeon served as a prison for the last Knights of the Rouergue.
The site of Valon is impressive. It offers a sumptuous panoramic view of the "Gorges de la Truyère". Come in through the door- you enter into a universe of history, tales and legends. A staircase straight out of a fantasy tale.