The Rouergue Bastides
Leaving from Rodez, take the N88, to reach Sauveterre-de-Rouergue* superb Aveyronnais bastide where timber framed houses and vaulted arcades gather harmoniously around a central square, but first take a break at Camjac. This is where you will find “Château du Bosc” one of the family homes of the famous painter Toulouse-Lautrec.
Returning towards Rignac, turn off and visit Belcastel*. This listed village is unmissable, it is both moving for its geographical situation and for the quality of its aesthetic ensemble. If you like traditional stone buildings, you should continue on the D87 to Peyrusse-le-Roc. Stop at the ideally situated service area and take the footpath to discover the vertiginous vestiges of this mediaeval village.
Continue on your way to Villefranche-de-Rouergue. Here you will discover a town animated by its market that spreads out next to a magnificent collegiate church and which is not far from a mystical charterhouse. Two small picturesque villages await you close to Villefranche, La Bastide-l’Evêque with its squat bell tower and Monteils.
You reach Najac to beautifully finish this tour of the Bastides. This splendid fortress set on its rocky spur is enough to give you vertigo. Overlooking the Aveyron and the gorges, you will be able to stroll down the long street discovering the numerous shops and stone houses, but above all don’t miss tasting Najac fouace!
Distance: 171.757 km
Circuit duration: 3 days