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 botanique d'Arvieu

Arvieu

A unique richness of flora in the region.

Monument Talabot

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

Site du Calvaire

Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Exceptional site whose origin is a protohistory fortification of 20 acres. Oppidum Gaulois a double fortification. Castellum after the conquest by Caesar on the Roman road.

La Coulée de Lave

Lassouts

A must not to be missed the 'lava stream of Roquelaure'. Incorrectly named, because this actually is a mass of fallen basalt rocks stretched over the hills of Roquelaure, above the village of Saint- Côme-d'Olt and the Lot Valley.

Sentier botanique des Arasses

Villefranche-de-Panat

A family walk takes you on a discovery yourney of the local flora.

Sentier botanique de St-Léons

St-Léons

1h walk (return to the dry lawn) or loop of 2h. Approx. fifteen panels on the trees of various natural environments (identification, use, legends...) Free access throughout the years

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.

Dolmen de La Glène "Peyrelevade"

St-Léons

Large dolmen (5m x 3m4) on a former passage road.

La Cité de Pierres à Montpellier-Le-Vieux

Millau

Come and discover along an extraordinary walk, this unusual world of strange rock formations. Water, wind and time have sculpted this fantastic place in the grey stone of the Causse Noir.

Grotte préhistorique de Foissac

Foissac

Come and visit the prehistoric vestiges preserved on site. Underground quarries, graves and prehistoric reserves. Naturally coloured limestone concretions. Recreated prehistoric park, animals and display of the flora.

CHATEAU ET JARDIN DE BOURNAZEL

Bournazel

Private Renaissance castle listed as a Historic Monument. Major building of southern France with its innovative architecture and remarkable carved decor. Its gardens are classified Remarkable Gardens.

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.

Le cheval du Roi

Lescure-Jaoul

Berges du Lot aux Pélies

Conques-en-Rouergue

Table d'orientation du Pic du Pal

Vézins-de-Lévézou

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

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