Discover the Bastides du Rouergue in Aveyron
The Bastides du Rouergue are those new towns founded in the Middle Ages between the twelfth and fourteenth century in the Southwest of France. From Villefranche-de-Rouergue via Sauveterre-de-Rouergue at only 9 km from camping aveyron, we can only invite you to explore these historical treasures of Aveyron. Small guided tour !
Bastides in Aveyron, an extraordinary heritage
Aveyron is home to 6 bastides:
- Villeneuve d’Aveyron
- La Bastide l’Evêque
These cities favor geometric shapes and are organized in a checkerboard pattern around a large central square lined with arcades. Whether by their architecture, their history or the beautiful landscapes in the surroundings, you will be impressed by the incredible charm of these vestiges during your camping stay in Aveyron.
Alphonse de Poitiers, brother of the king Saint-Louis and count of Toulouse is at the origin of the foundation of a certain number of these bastides aveyronnaises, Among them are Villefranche-de-Rouergue built in 1252 and Najac 40 km from the campsite with its superb fortress (1253).
Visit Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, 15min from the campsite!
The campsite is located in the heart of the Ségala region, at the gates of our campsite between Rodez and Albi, in the heart of the Ségala region. It will surely make you a great eye catcher during your camping stay in Aveyron.
You will get acquainted with the 47 arcades of its central square, its half-timbered houses, the collegiate church Saint-Christophe, but also with the craftsmen of the village who perpetuate a centuries-old tradition: cutlers, leatherworkers, sculptors will be able to make you discover their creations.
Around the village, green spaces and rivers like the Lézert will invite you to walking, to walking and even fishing.
Festival en Bastides – August 5 to 10
You are on a camping vacation in Aveyron at the beginning of August? Don’t miss the 20 years of Festival en Bastides in the different Aveyron villages.
Many shows for young and old are waiting for you in a friendly atmosphere. The perfect occasion to taste some local specialties. A festive event that participates to the charm of these medieval villages with a unique atmosphere.
Visit of the Aveyron bastides
Good news first of all for those who have no sense of orientation: it is impossible to get lost during your visits to bastides as everything is perfectly ordered thanks to a particularly careful geometrical urban plan.
You will be able to contemplate at your own pace the half-timbered houses, the religious monuments and the superb landscapes of the Ségala and the gorges of the Aveyron which will punctuate your walks in the most beautiful villages of France. Among them is Najac which is not lacking in attractiveness and whose castle can be visited with a guide to learn more about its fascinating history.
From the top of the dungeon, you will enjoy a prestigious view of the Aveyron as well as the river that runs around the castle.
Villefranche-de-Rouergue is also to be visited with its square Notre Dame and its magnificent collegiate church, without forgetting its traditional Thursday morning market, the ideal place to stock up on local products!