Sauveterre de Rouergue I Belcastel
Classified among the most beautiful villages of France, Sauveterre de Rouergue was once the capital of Ségala and is nowadays one of the most intact of the fortified towns of the south-west. It is designed around a vast arcaded central square – the Place des Arcades – bordered by wood-framed houses.
Then there is Belcastel, another stunning Plus Beaux Villages de France where on the banks of the river, the ancient stone houses are tightly packed in the few cobbled streets which climb up the steep hillside towards the well-restored castle (currently owned and managed by friendly Americans).
South there is the Ségala in Aveyron, with its rolling hills with hedgerows, and ancient sandstone farms. Many are large with several barns and land overlooking the rolling hills. Many have been fully or partially renovated but some look as thouigh they still need renovating!
East of this area is the Levezou with 6 lakes including Lake Pareloup – the second-largest man-made lake in France.” Unsurprisingly, the lakes are a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
By David Bolton
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