On the banks of the river Aveyron, it’s a picture postcard village, one you see in paintings with its bridge, its church, its tomb of the Seigneur of Belcastel and its dominating 15th century château. In this exceptional décor, the architect Fernand Pouillon was amazed by this site and put his passion and his talent into the restoration of the château.
About halfway between Saint Affrique and Réquista, the name of the minuscule village of Brousse-le-Château, evokes both the inextricable vegetation that the first farmers who settled on the site had to discipline, and the fortress that dominates the village, part of which had already been built before 1000AD.
A mecca for culture lovers and one of the “Grands Sites de Midi-Pyrénées”, the village of Conques, major stop on the Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, holds an exceptional Romanesque heritage. The new stained glass windows in the abbey-church, the work of Pierre Soulages, respect the Romanesque austerity and its symbols and at the same time glorify it.
This picturesque mediaeval village nestles at the foot of the château that dominates it and which, for centuries, insured its defence and its protection. On the Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle, at the heart of the Lot valley, just before Entraygues-sur-Truyère, Estaing benefits from remarkable buildings: château, church, Gothic bridge and Middle Ages village architecture.
As soon as you approach La Couvertoirade you are impressed, transported… in space and time: its fortified walls, its narrow streets, its houses of traditional architecture inspired by the surrounding countryside, its church built into the rock that encloses a real treasure, its château, its stone bread oven… La Couvertoirade is without a doubt, one of the plus beaux villages de France…(most beautiful villages in France).
Its architectural heritage and its natural environment have enabled this Bastide du Rouergue to be classed amongst the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" (most beautiful villages in France), to boast the title of "Pays d'Art et d'Histoire" and to recently join the "Grands Sites Midi-Pyrénées" with Villefranche de Rouergue.
Mediaeval village, twisted spire, fortified gateways, beautiful houses…on the route taken by Saint-Jacques de Compostelle pilgrims, this old village has remained unchanged for centuries.
13th century bastide royale, Sauveterre de Rouergue, built around the largest arcaded square in the Rouergue, is an architectural gem. Timber framed and corbelled houses, ornamental carved stone, finely wrought doors, vestiges of fortifications, moats, towers and entrance gateways invite you to take a trip back in time.