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Area Information - The Aveyron

 

"All in all Aveyron is a region with a rich heritage, stunning countryside, varied fauna and flora, great food and wine. It also offers a wide range of activities and places to visit and activities."...

About the Aveyron Region

Named after the Averyon River. It is part of the Midi-Pyrénées region, in the south west of the Massif Central .It is a beautiful, peaceful and sparsely populated region with more listed “Plus Beaux Villages” (most beautiful villages) than any other region in France. Conveniently situated half way between the mountains of the Massif Central and the Mediterranean coast, it is an area of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular landscapes and varied scenery: rolling hills, steep gorges, deep valleys, verdant countryside, woodlands, forests and rivers namely the Tarn, Aveyron and Lot and big lakes…

Aveyron’s climate varies according to the altitude but also according to seasons. The spring and autumns are of an oceanic climate type (ample rainfall), the winters are continental thus cold and the summers benefit from warm comfortable climate thanks to the Mediterranean influence.

The Averyon is also a region steeped in history. There are plenty of  medieval towns with weekly markets and local fêtes, fortified villages, Cathar Castles, and Romanesque churches.

Aveyron is also ideal for nature and sports enthusiasts with a wide range of activities: cycling, hiking, horse riding, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, water skiing, boating, fishing as well as cross-country skiing with 170 kilometres of pistes.

Aveyron is known for its rich and varied gastronomy: foie gras, confit, stuffed cabbage, venison, fish, aligot (a potato/cheese dish, cooked with the very famous Roquefort. It is also famous for its wines such as the Gorges and Côtes de Millau and Marcillac.

Aveyron Property & 10 listed most beautiful villages

Belcastel: located on the shore of the Aveyron with a pretty 15th century castle. Picture pretty.

Conques: on the Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle.

Sauveterre de Rouergue: colombages houses, and towers…

Sainte Eulalie d’Olt: medieval: market town with 11th C church and 15th c. chateau.

Najac:  with its 13th C royal fortress overlooking the Aveyron River.

Brousse le Chateau: medieval village with a 9th and 12th c. chateau in the Tarn Valley.

La Couvertoirad: in the heart of the Larzac area.

Estaing: a picturesque medieval town with a chateau in north Aveyron.

Saint Come d’Olt: Medieval village on the chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle.

Peyre: with views over the Millau viaduct.

How to get there

Airports at Rodez and Toulouse.

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