Aubrac

Forests and pastures spread out over 2500km². After the transhumance, that marks the start of the summer, you come across herds of magnificent Aubrac breed cows around the innumerable shepherd's mountain shelters called “burons”.

This is where your senses will be stimulated while crossing the magical landscape, where the constantly changing light sculpts the contours and rocks creating a unique ambiance.

In winter, snow transforms this unique steppe into a beautiful Nordic zone where cross-country and alpine skiers enjoy the great expanses.

Aubrac

Laguiole, more than just a knife

When you think of the Aubrac, you immediately think of Laguiole (pronounced Layole by the locals). This appellation is known world wide. What do you associate it with? The knife, the village, the cheese?

Knives of Laguiole

A knife with a famous destiny

Symbol of the Aveyron, the Laguiole knife is known the world over. The living and dynamic knife making activity is a reality in the village where you will find numerous boutiques and workshops. Laguiole can really claim the authenticity and savoir-faire of this work of art.

You can visit several knife makers:
La Forge de Laguiole
Benoît l'Artisan
Coutellerie & Forge Honoré Durand
Le Couteau de Laguiole
La Maison de Laguiole

Try something different : make your own Laguiole knife in one of the knife maker workshops (contact Laguiole Tourist Office on 05 65 44 35 94 for more information).

Bull of Laguiole

Laguiole, the village

The granite and basalt houses with their lauze covered roofs surround the imposing bronze statue of the bull, symbolic expression of the placid force, the ardour and the vigour of the Aubrac breed bull.

Knife makers can be visited and traditional local products tasted. The village is an ideal base both in winter for enjoying the local ski resorts and in summer for rural tourism.

Aligot

Aligot, the traditional dish of the Aubrac

The Aubrac’s traditional and unique dish, aligot, is based on mashed potatoes to which are added tome de Laguiole and crème fraîche that give it a creamy and smooth texture. It is a real feast for your eyes and your stomach!

Where to taste it?

You will of course be able to taste aligot just about anywhere on the Aubrac, most restaurants offer it. But for an authentic experience, taste it in a buron:


Buron de Caméjane  on the D219 road between Aubrac (village) and Nasbinals

For other places to taste Aligot contact:

Aubrac Laguiole Tourist Office

La Dômerie d'Aubrac

La Dômerie d’Aubrac

Founded in 1120, la Dômerie d’Aubrac was a “refuge hospital” for pilgrims en route towards Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Today, some major vestiges remain of this ensemble: Notre Dame church, the hospital and the Tour des Anglais. Aubrac, a mythical place heavily marked by history, is listed as a Historic Monument.


On the Chemins de Saint Jacques de Compostelle, (GR65 from Puy-en-Velay) it is classed by UNESCO as World Heritage and by the European Council as a Cultural Itinerary. For those who wish to walk in the footsteps of pilgrims, the section Nasbinals-Aubrac-Saint-Chély d’Aubrac (17km) is classed as natural heritage by UNESCO, within the framework of the Chemins de Compostelle, for its authenticity and landscape.

 

Transhumance

The Transhumance: take part in the festival

Participate in this traditional festival on the Aubrac. At the end of May, after the snow has melted, herds of cows are led to the summer pastures. They are adorned with flowers, plumes, ribbons etc. for a forty or so kilometre climb up to the Aubrac plateau.

You can accompany cows all along the route, take part in the festivals in the villages, enjoy the local markets, milking demonstrations, local gastronomy, decorated herds, folklore…

Narcissus

Exceptional fauna and flora

Walking in the area, you can’t help but appreciate the plateau’s exceptional fauna and flora. It is one of the richest flora in Europe, with more than 1000 species, from the most common, such as yellow gentian or Aubrac tea, to the more rare such as “drosera”, a carnivorous plant, that covers the plateau in summer. In spring, the fields are carpeted with yellow daffodils and narcissus.

The fauna also includes numerous species: roe deer, wild boar, foxes and red deer that you can hear rutting in the heart of the Aubrac forest in autumn.

Walking

The great outdoors

This vast territory is the perfect place for getting out into the country. A large network of paths and tracks enables you to criss-cross the Aubrac on foot, horseback, mountain bike… from village to village or just for a short walk or ride. Several topo-guides are available for you: GR® (Grande Randonnée – long distance path) “Tour des Monts d’Aubrac”, GR65 Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle, short walks.

Aligot, an Aveyronnais spectacle

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Aligot certainly does come from the Aubrac. You don't know what it is yet? Well, it's a spectacle; Imagine the scene, you are in a buron on the vast Aubrac plateau. Perhaps it's cold outside, you've just finished a long walk on snow shoes and you sit down at a table next to a nice warm crackling fire.

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