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A collectionexceptional sites

The Great Sites of Occitanie Sud de France

There are places, atmospheres and landscapes we always remember. Towns, villages, sites you’re surprised to discover and happy to return to. The Dordogne valley, the Lot valley or the Aveyron, incredible places to marvel at the beauty of their heritage and landscapes. The Occitanie region boasts 41 major sites that are a must-see, reflecting its history, beauty and hospitality. While staying in Figeac, take the opportunity to discover the other Grands Sites Occitanie nearby.

Figeac, valleys

du Lot et du Célé

Between Vallées du Lot et du Célé, Grand-Figeac is adestination with character. Strolling through our towns and villages steeped in the history of our ancestors is a bit like stepping into a time machine. Numerous monuments such as castles, medieval houses, abbeys and priories illustrate the great wealth of our destination. As you travel through the countryside, from cliffs to valleys, you’ll discover picturesque towns and villages where the architecture of the Middle Ages has left its mark. Pleasure for the eyes and emotions are guaranteed.

Discover the good plans of Figeac’s Paul Couderc, professional slopestyle and free ride mountain biker, to discover the Grand Site Occitanie, Figeac, Vallées du Lot et du Célé.

Des bons plans pour Figeac, Vallées du Lot et du Célé
Des bons plans pour Figeac, Vallées du Lot et du Célé
Des bons plans pour Figeac, Vallées du Lot et du Célé

Lot Valley

By boat or gabare, on foot along the route of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle, or by bike through the vignobles, the vallée du Lot promises surprising discoveries.

Perched high on the cliff, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, paradise of the poet André Breton, is a true masterpiece of the Middle Ages. Ranked among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France with its picturesque cobbled streets and half-timbered houses, the village boasts 13 historic monuments.
Downstream from the river bends appears Cahors, labeled Ville d’art et d’histoire. From the pont Valentré to the cathédrale Saint-Étienne both listed as Unesco World Heritage sites, Cahors combines southern ambience, historical riches and gourmet delights. On either side of the river, the vignobles of Cahorsgrow along the Quercy hillsides with an internationally renowned grape variety: Malbec, that famous black wine with an assertive character.


Dordogne Valley

In vallée de la Dordogne, the villages rival each other in charm! Eight of them are classified as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France: Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Carennac, Autoire, Loubressac, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogneand Rocamadour.

Built in successive tiers, Rocamadour clings above the Alzou canyon. This thousand-year-old sanctuary will transport you to another time, when people came from far and wide to venerate the Vierge Noire, a 12th-century wooden statue to which many miracles are attributed. Rocamadour will also tell you the legend of saint Amadour and that of the sword Durandal. When night falls, the village offers a striking view, a magical postcard to be experienced from the belvedere.
A 10-minute drive from Rocamadour, get closer to the center of the earth at the Gouffre de Padirac. Further north, the château fort de Castelnau-Bretenoux proudly dominates the valleys. At château de Montal, we enter the elegance of the Renaissance. Finally, you’ll be delighted by the delicious produce, such as the famous Rocamadour PDO cheese or the noix du Périgord PDO.


Romanesque art treasures

Suspended in the steep gorges of the Ouche, Conques, a treasure trove of art Roman, will take you back to the time of the great builders of the Middle Ages. Religious sanctuary home to the relics of Saint Foy, the village is a must-see stop on the Chemin du Puy, the most famous of the roads leading to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle.

Classified among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, this “Grand site de France” is full of charm with its town gates, Romanesque fountains, half-timbered houses. The abbatiale Sainte-Foy impresses with its famous tympanum, capitals and stained glass windows by artist Pierre Soulages. Like the pilgrims’ bridge over the Dourdou river, it is a Unesco World Heritage site. The trésor de Conques, meanwhile, is among the 5 great European treasures of medieval goldsmithery.

Country houses

and Gorges de l'Aveyron

In the heart of the green gorges of the Aveyron, in the Rouergue, medieval towns and landscapes ensure the show!

With their shared origins, colors and atmospheres, experience the great adventure of the bastides of the Aveyron gorges, where originality rules. At the gateway to the Causse, the bastide town ofVilleneuve d’Aveyron is a choice stopover for pilgrims on their way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Plunge into the heart of the sixties with photographs from the Galerie Jean-Marie Périer. On the outskirts of the Aveyron valley, Villefranche-de-Rouergue reveals a remarkable heritage in a gentle environment dominated by red Midi tiles. Further south, the river begins its course through spectacular gorges. It’s here, at the entrance to the wild Aveyron gorges, that Najac stands out on a promontory overlooking the river. The village offers the calm and beauty of a landscape where water, trees and rock combine. In Saint-Antonin Noble-Val, stroll the cobbled streets. The vast Sunday morning market is a veritable institution.


Art and gastronomy

Between Medieval and Renaissance heritage, archaeological collections and contemporary art, Rodez invites us on a journey! The city’s dominant landmark, the impressive cathédrale Notre-Dame, with its remarkable Gothic architecture, offers an incredible panorama of the city of Rodez. Its flat bell tower, gargoyles, contemporary stained glass and pink sandstone make it unique.

Two artistic curiosities are a must-see: the musée Fenaille and its exceptional collection of statue-menhirs, and the musée Soulages, an offbeat venue that unveils nearly 500 works by contemporary artist Pierre Soulages. Take advantage of your visit to have lunch at Café Bras.Or opt for a gastronomic detour to Laguiole, in Le Suquet, to dine at restaurant Bras. It’s now Sébastien Bras, who, since 2009, with the same passion and sensitivity as his father Michel Bras, proposes intuitive and precise cuisine, in tune with the nature of the Aubrac.