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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Site de la Plancelle

Campagnac

east of Campagnac the site of la Plancelle provides a spectacular panoramaof the Lot Valley and Aubrac, the villages of Verteilhac and Canilhac in the Lozère.

Puy de Wolf

Firmi

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

Circuit des dolmens

St-Affrique

Indulge yourself a sample of the great dolmens variety in southern-Aveyron, thanks to our discovery driving tour starting from Saint-Affrique (35 km).

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.

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.

Point de vue, table d'orientation et table de pique-nique

Escandolières

On the road between Escandolières and Auzits, Minades (646m above sea level).

Le pont du Cayla

Le Bas-Ségala

Cascade

Agen-d'Aveyron

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.

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.

Jardin des enclos

Viala-du-Tarn

Landscaped garden with contrasting atmospheres. Free visit.

Le Jardin des plantes

Cassagnes-Bégonhès

Garden of 4000m2 located in the rural decor of the Viaur valley. Discover the magic of the roses, the charm of the ponds, admire the lilies, the clematitites, the peony bushes, the hibiscus...

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.

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