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

Jardin d'insectes dit du perce-oreille

St-Léons

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

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.

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...

Table d'orientation du Pic du Pal

Vézins-de-Lévézou

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

Terra Memoria

Bozouls

Terra Mamoria is a place of interactive discovery recounting history of the Averonnais landscape from the creation of the Earth right up to today.

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.

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).

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.

L'Espace botanique Hippolyte Coste

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

This botanical area is dedicated to the life and works of the canon Hippolyte Coste.

Le Puech Monseigne

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.

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.

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.

Etang des Fargues

La Salvetat-Peyralès

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