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A villagein a soothing setting

Marcilhac-sur-Célé, between river and cliffs

Nestled between Sauliac-sur-Célé and Saint-Sulpice, Marcilhac-sur-Célé shines like one of the jewels of the Célé valley. In the heart of the village, at the foot of the river, theancient Benedictine abbey stands majestically, like an architectural treasure. You’ll fall under the spell of its perfectly preserved medieval streets. The vertiginous golden cliffs frame this picturesque scene, offering us an inspiring spectacle. A village where history and nature join hands for an unforgettable getaway.

A built heritage

outstanding

On the banks of the River Célé, the 9th-century abbey and numerous old houses reveal the richness of this village, which has survived through the ages, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Founded by the Benedictines at the turn of the second millennium,Saint-Pierre Abbey still boasts magnificent remains, despite the ravages caused by the tumults of history, such as the Hundred Years’ War and conflicts between Catholics and Protestants. Guided tours can be organized all year round, in this village which counted almost 900 inhabitants at the end of the 19th century.

Admire the sights

in the valley

During July and August, the Tourist Office welcomes you to a magnificent 15th-century house, the “Maison du Roy“. It’s the starting point for the discovery trailLes clefs de Marcilhac-sur-Célé, which offers a glimpse of a preserved built heritage, from the ruins of the abbey to the Place des Platanes. As you explore the heights, you’ll come across some superb round and square caselles. These dry-stone shepherds’ shelters dot a family hiking trail, in the heart of a Sensitive Natural Area (ENS).

Nature

to explore

In a privileged natural setting at the foot of the cliffs, there are plenty of opportunities to explore this remarkable territory. Located on the GR651 (a variant of the Camino de Santiago), Marcilhac-sur-Célé also offers two signposted walks, which criss-cross the area between the Causses and the valley. For the more sporty, the Monteils circuit can also be explored by mountain bike. After this physical effort, the Célé awaits you for a well-deserved swim, or for a moment of idleness on the family-friendly beach. On sunny days, enjoy a canoe trip and admire the 360° panoramic view between the village and the cliffs.

A village

Lively and animated

Over the last few years, the area has seen a steady influx of new residents. And that’s not surprising, because beyond its natural setting, Marcilhac-sur-Célé is a dynamic village. The small rural school counts around ten pupils, while the richness of the associative and cultural life is not to be underestimated, especially in summer. Farmers’ markets, guided tours, concerts, conferences, exhibitions, astronomy evenings, theater or traditional bal: there’s something for everyone! Marcilhac-sur-Célé offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and is a must-see during your stay in the Grand Figeac region.

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