With its many paths linking hilltop castles and ancient fortified villages; its babbling streams in the Aveyron valley; its painterly landscapes of astonishing colours and light, the Midi Quercy and its Aveyron Gorges will delight all those for whom, whether sporty types or leisure lovers, a successful holiday includes authenticity: participating in events with the locals and sharing their way of life.
For sports fans, our less well-known, almost secret, Ardeche is a perfect holiday choice for families, with a variety of sporting activities…aquatic or not…on offer for all levels of ability.
The cycle routes in the Aveyron Gorges
For outdoor fans, the Tarn-et-Garonne has plenty of opportunities for pleasant rides along the 85 km of cycle paths in the Aveyron valley, linking Montauban to Laguepie in the east. Well signposted, this itinerary enables you to easily explore the plains around Montauban; visiting mediaeval villages such as Montricoux, Bruniquel, Penne, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Varen and Laguepie.
An unusual cycling trip!
For a weekend or even longer, why not go on a charming cycling holiday exploring the Aveyron valley and its rich heritage: hilltop castles and mediaeval villages, nature reserves, dramatic landscapes with towering cliffs, culture galore…
Relaxation, authenticity and well-being are on the agenda!
For 3 days/2 nights, we suggest 2 itineraries of 39 and 45 km along the “Aveyron valley” cycle route, well signposted and using roads with light traffic which link Montauban to Laguepie.
Leaving your lodging in ‘Domaine de la Male’in the mornings, wander by bike along the quiet roads of the Quercy and then relax in the evenings in your private spa!
Tree cabin at Domaine de la Male
Do you fancy staying in a luxury lodging perched 6 metres above ground?
In Domaine de la Male, you’ll unpack your suitcase in the heart of an oak forest of 6 hectares. Constructed by a team from the guild of carpenters, ‘The perched nest’ combines comfort, luxury and safety.
A private spa is available in the evenings so you can unwind…mentally AND physically…after your day’s cycling.
Suggested cycling itineraries
Day 1: valley of hilltop castles
Distance: 45 km
Level required: good
This circuit, lasting a day, takes you first to the mediaeval village of Bruniquel, where you will be astounded by the breathtaking view over the Aveyron valley from the courtyard of the twin castles, perched on a rocky spur more than 90 metres high. Narrow lanes, artists’ studios and ancient dwellings of rich merchants will also delight your eyes. Your route will then take you to Penne with its ancient fortress, witness to the military and defensive history of the Aveyron valley.
You follow the river as far as Cazals, in the heart of the Aveyron Gorges where you can relax on the riverbank before continuing towards Montricoux, a village straddling the river and distinguished from the surrounding villages by its numerous half-timbered houses dating from the late middle ages.
Domaine de la MaleLionel Enjalbert