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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Visite du site des Igues du Py et de Rouffiés

Compolibat

This unique phenomenon in Rouergue is caused by erosion and generates natural abysses dug in the red clay, known under the nickname of 'the path of the fairies'.

EGLISE DU XIIème SIÈCLE

Campouriez

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

Table d'orientation du Pic du Pal

Vézins-de-Lévézou

Orientation table with pretty views of the Aveyron valley, the mountains of Aubrac, Cantal...

Les Amis du Jardin

Le Bas-Ségala

Grenier du Monsieur

Salles-Curan

Grenier de Monsieur Granièr de Monsenhor (around 1460) Attic of the bishop..

Arbre remarquable

Tayrac

This symbolic oak tree is 21 metres high by 18.5 metres wide and has a trunk of 2.5 metres in circumference.

Eglise et Jardin botanique Saint-Xist

Le Clapier

Saint Xist is situated in the commune of Clapier, between this village and that of Fondamente. It's bell-tower completes its elegant architecture and serves as a landmark for the small hamlet nestling at its feet. At he foot of the plateau du Guilhaumard, reputed for its rich flora and fauna, come and discover the Saint Xist botanical garden.

Jardin d'insectes dit du perce-oreille

St-Léons

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

Ligue pour la protection des oiseaux

Peyreleau

In the natural surroundings of the Grands Causses, discover nearly 100 couples of Griffon vultures as well as numerous other species of birds with the "Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux" (Birds Protection League).

Cascade des Baumes

St-Rome-de-Tarn

IMDERPLAM Institut Méditerranéen de Documentation, d'Enseignement et de Recherches sur les Plantes Médicinales

Villecomtal

Knowledge of medicinal plants: botanical, cultural and touristic meetings to in the heart of the Dourdou valley and its rich and varied vegetation. Small botanical garden to be visited (free).

Sentier ethno-botanique en Ségala "al travers"

Rignac

From the platform to the gorges de l'Aveyron discover the natural, landscape and built heritage of the Segala along the path.

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