Canyon de Bozouls
Canyon de Bozouls, Aveyron © Mairie de Bozouls

Natural sites
in Aveyron

unusual natural sites

The Aveyron has a great diversity of scenery and crossing the département, you are quickly struck by the changing landscape: from the arid land of the Causses du Larzac to the high volcanic plateau of the Aubrac passing via the Rougier de Camarès, you quickly realise that it is a land conducive to impressive natural sites that are unusual at times.

Don’t hesitate! Walk around the “Trou” de Bozouls (Bozouls “hole”), make out the shapes of the rocks at the chaos of Montpellier le Vieux, descend the meanders of the prehistoric caves at Foissac, go for a romantic walk on the Presqu'île de Laussac (Laussac peninsula).

Larzac, T.Lambelin
Larzac, T.Lambelin

The omnipresent flora

In the south, on the arid land of the Causse du Larzac bathed in the Mediterranean and oceanic climates, both mountain and Mediterranean garrigue scenery are found. Here you will see the symbol of the causse, angels' hair. Will you be able to identify the 45 species of orchids (there are 150 found in France) including the rare Aveyron Ophrys that can be admired but not picked? And what about the magnificent cardabelle golden thistle ?
In the north, on the Aubrac plateaux, the fields wake in spring after having spent several months under snow. Yellow carpets of crocuses and daffodils emerge. Then, the gentians appear that are much appreciated at aperitif time and the Aubrac tea that flavours infusions and liqueurs. Botanical lovers will be won over by more than 2000 plant species to see !

Wild Fauna

A multitude of wild species evolve in complete freedom in the immense woods. Go collecting mushrooms or blackberries and you will see the footprints of foxes, wild boar, deer and hares. Raise your head and perhaps you will glimpse the tail of a red squirrel. What is the impressive bellowing you can hear in early autumn? It’s the deer rutting.

Barn owls, tawny owls, falcons, buzzards or Griffon vultures are just some of the species of birds of prey amongst the 250 that are now found today in the Aveyron.

Along the river banks, herons live alongside coypus. Apparently, even beavers have reappeared on the banks of the river Tarn.

Vache aubrac
Vache aubrac

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Château de Montaigut

Gissac

Immerse yourself in history in this unique medieval castle built on an ancient necropolis. And enjoy stunning views of the surrounding red soil region: the impressive Rougier de Camarès.

Monument Talabot

St-Geniez-d'Olt-et-d'Aubrac

Versailles Picnic Area

Camboulazet

Bucolic in spring, refreshing in summer, poetic in autumn & soothing in winter : an area you can spend time in all year round!

Le Jardin de la Mothe

Salles-Courbatiès

Come and discover a splendid English garden in the hamlet of the Mothe in Salles Courbatiers. The garden has obtained the label "Jardin Remarquable". We have renovated the barn and installed a grand piano which enables us to organise concerts in the garden. Each weekend and in summer the garden propose homemade drinks and pastry.

Rose Garden in Sauveterre de Rouergue

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

The bastide's former cemetery adorn itself with the roses' colours...

L'Espace botanique Hippolyte Coste

St-Jean-d'Alcas-et-St-Paul-des-Fonts

The Hippolyte Coste's botanical area, at Saint-Paul des Fonts, is dedicated to the life and works of the canon Hippolyte Coste.

Roc Saint-Jean et Sentier d'interprétation

Ayssènes

The Roc Saint-Jean with its belvedere and interpretation path with a stunning view on the Gorges des Raspes du Tarn.

Table d'orientation de Beauregard

Vézins-de-Lévézou

Pretty panorama of the Aveyron valley, the Aubrac and the mountains of Cantal located on the D28 linking the municipality of Vezins-de-Lévézou to Laissac.

Sentier de découverte de la Gourgue de Maroule

Argences-en-Aubrac

5 km circuit in Ste Geneviève sur Argence, for the exploration of the fauna and flora.

Maison du bois

Taussac

The maison du bois (wooden house) is an extension of the discovery trail on the theme of wood and the forest.

Statue et point de vue de Notre Dame des Lacs

Salles-Curan

The statue of Notre Dame des Lacs, also called "la Vierge des Lacs".

Grotte préhistorique de Foissac

Foissac

Come and meet the life of prehistoric men in the magical setting of the cave. Unique concretions and prehistoric remains in place.

Le Puech Monseigne et ses coccinelles

St-Laurent-de-Lévézou

Orientation table with pretty 360° view of the viaduct of Millau, the gorges du Tarn, the Cévennes, the Larzac, the mountains of Auvergne... Ladybirds congregate here at the end of the summer.

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