Bastides and hilltop villages

around the Aveyron Gorge

Cordes-sur-Ciel, Bruniquel, Najac… from the dizzy heights of their promontories and rocky spurs, these character villages overlook the surrounding hillsides, vineyards and forests or stand guard on the top of sheer cliffs. Most of them are bastides, a type of settlement found only in Occitania / Pyrenees-Mediterranean. You'll see them standing out on the skyline, creating elegant shapes of ancient amber and ivory-coloured stone. These little towns and villages punctuating your journey along the wild green ribbon of the Aveyron Gorge will make you dream that perhaps one day, you'll live here...