Pays des lacs et abbaye cistercienne

Land of lakes and Cistercian abbey

The circuit

Leaving Rodez and the imposing silhouette of its cathedral of filigree (tallest bell tower in France), make for the land of lakes. Pont-de-Salars, Bages, and of course Pareloup lake offer you verdant expanses of freshness where you can relax in peace and quiet.

Descending down to Castelnau-Pégayrols, without a doubt one of the most beautiful villages in the Aveyron with its 5 listed monuments, take a break at Micropolis “the famous insect centre”, then at Saint Beauzély with its château that houses a rural life museum.

Leave in the direction of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon to visit the cheese cellars of the most famous cheese in the world before turning off onto the D999, then the D12 in the direction of Camarès, this small village with its mediaeval bridge in red sandstone.

At the end of the road you will find Sylvanès and its Cistercian abbey, the most important in the south of France and above all recognised for its sacred music concerts.

Rejoin the Tarn valley and hasten to Brousse-le-Château*, a remarkable village with its fortified church, it also counts amongst the plus beaux villages de France (most beautiful villages in France).

Lastly, climb to Réquista and arouse your curiosity with the largest sheep market in the Aveyron before reaching Villefranche-de-Panat lake and its beaches.

Start: Rodez
Distance: 300.746 km
Circuit duration: 4 days

The circuit route

Le profil du parcours Pays des lacs et abbaye Cistercienne