While staying at Château Mas de Pradié, a guided tour of the famous  grotto of Foissac is a must.  Located a short walk from the château you will be amazed at the history of this cave system, which also runs underneath Château Mas de Pradié,

Aveyron has no less than ten villages classed among the most beautiful and most visited in France. The region is also famous for its beautiful rivers, cascades, grottos, outdoor activities such as canoeing, hiking, skydiving, hot air balloon riding and more!


has been quietly nestled in the valley of the Aveyron for immemorial centuries.  The village is dominated by its mediaeval chateau which can be reached by taking one of the many cobbled streets which criss-cross the town.


From their rocky vantage point the mediaeval village of Brousse-le-Chateau and its fortress watch over the Tarn valley.


One of the major waypoints site on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the village Conques is laid out around its abbey church.  Dedicated to Saint Foy, the building combines Romanesque architecture with contemporary art (stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages).


Following the river Lot you arrive at the village and chateau of Estaing whose imposing figure appears to guide pilgrims on the Royute du Puy section of the way to santiago de Compostela.

Peyrusse le Roc

Peyrusse-le-Roc is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France. The Château Inférieur is a ruined castle which was taken by the English in 1163 and occupied by Simon de Montfort.


Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is a member of the The most beautiful villages in France association. Its position on a steep cliff 100m above the river, originally selected for defence, has helped make the town one of the most popular tourist destinations in the department, and the entire town is almost a museum. After being 'discovered' by the Post-Impressionist Henri Martin it became popular with other artists and the home of the writer André Breton.


Founded in the Middle Ages, Najac is stretched out along a rocky ridge overlooking the gorge of Aveyron. The tour will take you to the imposing chateau which stands proudly at the end of the village.


Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne, and especially for its historical monuments and its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The town below the complex of monastic buildings and pilgrimage churches, lies near the river on the lowest slopes; it gives its name to Rocamadour, a small goat's-milk cheese that was awarded AOC status in 1996.

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