Aveyron is a peaceful rural department in Southwestern France. It’s not a well known destination for visitors, but if you’re looking for a French countryside escape and you like cheese and wine, then this may be the perfect destination for you.
The cheese is Roquefort, and Roquefort-sur-Soulzon is definitely one of the best places to stay in Aveyron if you like cheese. And if you’re looking for a base to see the region then one of the best places to stay in Aveyron is probably the main town, or prefecture, Rodez.
This region is a mix of high rocky plateaus and deep gorges. The rivers Aveyron, which gives the department its name, Lot, Tarn and Truyère have carved the landscape into interesting shapes, and you’ll often see pretty villages tucked in steep, quarry-like formations or into the hairpin bend of a river. Some of these villages are postcard perfect, and hopping between them is one of the nicest ways to spend time in this region. Stopping every now and then to enjoy some food and an especially beautiful view. Some of the prettiest villages are Belcastel, Brousse-le-Chateâu, Romanesque Conques, medieval Estaing and La Couvertoirade.
Aveyron is also perfect for walkers.
Aveyron might not ring a bell, but it’s in the centre of a triangle drawn between Montpellier, Toulouse and Clermont-Ferrand,
A Four Star manor house in the town centre of Rodez. Plenty of on site activities perfect for families; table tennis, board games, badminton. Contemporary chic rooms with lots of natural light, all the mod cons, and gourmet room service. Large garden, terrace, and pretty villages to discover.
A beautiful 17th century chateau set in stunning parklands and vineyards. Lovely bedrooms, a treehouse with a chandelier, and an apartment for two, each extremely luxurious. Excellent French cuisine, an enormous swimming pool, and spa facilities. Very romantic, gourmet.
A chic hotel by the river Dourdou. Contemporary rooms host designer furniture, views over the river, some with balconies and views. Excellent cuisine incorporating local flora. Outdoor pool, stone terraces, and pretty gardens. Grown up, tranquil, charming.