Major sites in Occitania
Major sites in Occitania

Major sites in Occitania

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Roquefort, the Templar Larzac and Sylvanès abbey: almost every high place listed as an Occitania Major Site are linked together by this big loop that you can achieve as you like it, in a sporty or leisurely way.

You have to earn a landscape awarded with the Occitania Major Site certification! From the Mascourbe plateau to the Aiguières pass, from the village of Roquefort to the Larzac causses, from the Cernon valley to the Sorgues valley, an incredible roller-coaster ride awaits you with sumptuous sceneries to enjoy. Manage your effort wisely to achieve the grand finale, the conquest of the castle of Montaigut. 


  1. From the Tourist Office situated on Boulevard Aristide Briand in Saint-Affrique, take the D225 road in the direction of Millau.
  2. Turn right onto RD7 towards Vallée de la Sorgues, then ride along the stream up to Saint-Félix.
  3. At the village entrance, begin to your left the ascending section towards Mascourbes (4km with a 7% gradient) before heading downhill to Saint-Jean d'Alcas.
  4. At the junction, take a right to Roquefort. The top of the Aiguières pass (3km with a 4% gradient) will offer you a beautiful panorama over the Tournemire amphitheatre that you will reach further down.
  5. The ascent to the Larzac awaits you at the village exit (6km with a 5% gradient) before cycling downhill to Ste-Eulalie-de-Cernon.
  6. Ride across the village toward la Cavalerie. After that, reach Cornus, then Fondamente and Saint-Félix via the vallée de la Sorgues.
  7. Turn to the left to get to Sylvanès, at the price of a steep ascent (3km with a 6% gradient).
  8. At the runabout, head your way towards Gissac, then Montlaur.
  9. Lastly, turn to the right in the direction of Montaigut castle and its challenging ascent (8.5%) before heading back down to Saint-Affrique.
Departure : Tourist Office in Saint-Affrique
Arrival : Tourist Office in Saint-Affrique
Towns crossed : Saint-Affrique, Versols-et-Lapeyre, Saint-Félix-de-Sorgues, Saint-Jean-et-Saint-Paul, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, Tournemire, Viala-du-Pas-de-Jaux, Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon, Cornus, Fondamente, Marnhagues-et-Latour, Sylvanès, Gissac, Vabres-l'Abbaye

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Saint-Affrique Tourist Office

Boulevard Aristide Briand, 12400 Saint-Affrique



The Tourism Office is open all year round, the opening hours are:

·July and august:

From Monday to Saturday: 9h – 13h & 15h – 19h

Sunday: 9h – 13h

·From September to June:

From Tuesday to Saturday: 9h – 13h & 14h – 17h

Closed: Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays

From November to April, the office is also closed on Saturday afternoon.

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Getting around by bus or by train:

Carpooling: BlaBlaCar, Rézo Pouce, Mobicoop, Idvroom, LaRoueVerte, Roulez malin

Access and parking

Saint-Affrique is situated 31 km southwest of Millau via the D 992 and D 999 roads.

Parking :

Bus station car park, boulevard Aristide Briand in Saint-Affrique


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At its entrance, is a 180 million-year-old complete skeleton of an extinct marine dinosaur, the Occitanosaurus tournemirensis which was discovered fossilized in the “grey clay soils.”

The ecologically Sensitive Natural Space (SNS) of the Tournemire amphitheatre which is situated in the village of the same name, stretches over an area of approximately 130 ha and marks the boundary between the frontal causses and the causse du Larzac. This area has a remarkable environmental importance due to the geomorphology of the site and also owing to several natural habitats of European interest that it provides. This natural space shelters numerous noteworthy bird species: the Eagle Owl, the Golden Eagle, the Common Whitethroat, the Wallcreeper, the Red-billed Chough and some inconspicuous bats. A few plant species well-adapted to the topography, the rock and even sometimes to the Mediterranean climate can be observed: Hoppe's Figwort, Hormathophylla macrocarpa...

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The success of our unique hotel is the result of an Aveyronnaise family in love with their region, and a beautiful building that is nearly two hundred years old. Come and spend green holidays and enjoy overnight, or week-long stays in spacious and comfortable suites (fully equipped apartments with, among other features “fitted kitchen, dining area, living room with an office space, free wifi internet access” which can accommodate from 1 to 6 persons), private terraces opening onto a large green terrain, with free and private access to all of the 1837 facilities (with time slot-booking) and providing a unique atmosphere. Situated a few steps away from the small town centre of Saint-Affrique and close to numerous hiking and cycling circuits, the 1837 combines wonderful open spaces, refinement and services in the heart of southern Aveyron.

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Traditional catering or cafeteria-style for groups. Bar with terrace. Outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre. 3 meeting rooms with accommodating 15 to 150 people.


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