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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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Sentier d'Interprétation de la Hêtraie

Auriac-Lagast

The interpretation path of the beech in the forest Domaniale du Lagast animated with informative panels on a length of 2800 metres will enable you to discover the forest ecosystem, the development of beech, from the beechnut to the adult tree, as well as the fauna and flora.

Table d'interprétation de Peyralbe

Vabres-l'Abbaye

Enjoy an exceptional panorama with a 360° view while breathing the pure air of the Aveyron countryside.

Jardin Botanique de l'Aubrac

St-Chély-d'Aubrac

Jardin Botanique de l'Aubrac (Botanical Garden of the Aubrac) - New for 2011 - discovery area dedicated to wild plants of the Aubrac. For everybody: children and adults (individuals, families, groups, school trips...).

Vue panoramique et visite de Camarès

Camarès

Circuit discovery of the Vieux Camarès free visit (leaflet available at the Office de Tourisme).

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.

Site de Mirabel, point de vue

Rignac

Located in the municipality of Rignac, the hamlet of Mirabel dominates the valley of Aveyron, crossed by the famous GR62B hiking trail, the ethno-botanical trail in Ségala "Al travers" and the trail of the Resistance.

Puy de Wolf

Firmi

The Puy de Wolf is the largest Serpentinite massif in Europe. It is listed as a Natura 2000 zone.

Viaduc de Millau, le Sentier des Explorateurs

Millau

Book now for a guided tour along The Explorers' Path, a must-see for reliving the construction and understanding how this exceptional structure operates.

Visitez Saint-Salvadou

Le Bas-Ségala

Come and discover the wooded and green landscapes of Saint Salvadou; a village in which resides the “Segala’s cathedral”, a neolithic church ! This small, beautifully flowered village is labeled 2 flowers of “Villes et Villages Fleuris”.

Sources de l'Aveyron

Sévérac-d'Aveyron

At 2km from Sévérac-le-Château, the river Aveyron has its source. Enjoy the picnic tables and this shaded space to make a little stop!

CHATEAU ET JARDIN DE BOURNAZEL

Bournazel

Private Renaissance château listed as a Historic Monument. One of southern France's most significant buildings with its innovative architecture and remarkable carved decor. Its gardens are classified 'Jardin Remarquables'.

Aire naturelle de La Roque

La Salvetat-Peyralès

Relax here with the family on the banks of the Viaur between the villages of Bellecombe and La Roque, just south of La Salvetat Peyrales. Just beside the river Viaur, which separates the Aveyron from the Tarn, you'll find all you need here for a relaxing day in the sunshine- picnic tables, barbecues, covered seating area and toilets, all in a beautiful riverside setting. From here you can also follow walk no 9 of the Family Rambles to the chapel at Murat.

Aire de notre Dame du Désert

St-Victor-et-Melvieu

Jardin d'insectes dit du perce-oreille

St-Léons

A real garden to discover insects in their natural habitat. Free access throughout the year.

Eglise du XIIème siècle à Bes Bédène

Campouriez

12th century church on a rocky peak, picturesque site in Bès Bédène, 13th century bridge.

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".

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