What to Visit in Aveyron?
Make sure you take time to explore this glorious corner of the south of France during your stay at the Château.
Aveyron has no less than ten villages classed among the most beautiful and most visited in France. The region is also famous for its outstanding rivers, cascades and outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, skydiving and hot air balloon flights.
Use the map below to discover some of the best historic villages in the area.
Our Top Picks in Aveyron and Quercy
Château de Bournazel
In the Renaissance style, this magnificent château and gardens are a must see in Aveyron. Recently restored, immerse yourself in the history of a golden age of France as you explore the extensive gardens and the beautiful interiors of the Château.
Le Musée Champollion
Beyond the facade of copper and glass, etched with hieroglyphic designs, this museum collection centres on both Champollion's work to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs and the civilisation of ancient Egypt. The museum also gives fascinating insight into the development of the various writing systems of the world.
Cascade de Salles-la-source
A stunning cascade in the pretty village of Salles-la-source. This waterfall makes for picturesque hiking.
Château de Najac
Not far from the Château Mas de Pradié lies this impressive castle, which was once a royal castle and extraordinary military fortress.
Today you can enjoy panoramic views and discover the history of this fascinating area of France.
Causses du Quercy
Natural Regional Park
To the north of the Château lies Quercy, a former province of France and home to the beautiful rivers of the Dordogne, Lot and Quercy. The park itself is a UNESCO Global Geopark and is surrounded by stunning countryside, with soaring cliffs on either side of these rivers as they wind their way through some of the most fantastic scenery in France. It is also the perfect base for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and other outdoor activities.
The Aveyron Countryside
The Aveyron has a bountiful countryside waiting to be discovered, with diverse scenery across the region, you will be struck by how quickly the landscape changes.
From the arid land of the Causses du Larzac with its 45 species of orchids to the high volcanic plateau of the Aubrac passing via the Rougier de Camarès, there is plenty to discover.
La Grotte de Foissac
The Caves of Foissac offer amazing coloured limestone caves deep underground. With easy access for all visitors, come and view these extensive works of art sculpted by nature. There is also a museum, reconstructions of the Copper Age and beautiful fauna to view in the surrounding countryside.
Le Gouffre de Padirac
No visit to the area is complete without a trip to the astonishing caves of Padirac - descend into a great chasm below the ground and take a boat on an underground river hundreds of metres below the surface. The caves are truly astounding in their sheer scale and are sure to take your breath away.
Set on the mountainside, Rocamadour is unforgettable. It is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase and the streets filled with boutiques and restaurants. There are great walks around the area too.