Castle and town of Sévérac le château in AveyronCastle and town of Sévérac le château in Aveyron
©Castle and town of Sévérac le château in Aveyron

Grands Causses castles

In the footsteps of the lords of Gévaudan and Rouergue

Séverac Castle

Discover the aptly named Sévérac-le-Château, a village of medieval streets watched over by the imposing castle perched on its 800-meter-high promontory. From up there, enjoy panoramic views of the Grands Causses and theAveyron valley. The medieval and Renaissance chateau is open to visitors all year round, and comes alive in summer with guided tours, numerous events and sound and light shows. Come and discover the castle and enjoy the medieval alleyways: street theater, medieval entertainment, guided tours…

Castles on the Causse Méjean?

There are no castles on the Causse Méjean: this arid land, an “island in the sky” whose beauty is equalled only by its ruggedness, has been home to groups of “shepherds” since prehistoric times. The rhythm of life was set by the sheep, while the local lords chose, not without reason, to settle in the Valleys and Gorges. But in the limestone hamlets that blend into the landscape, aren’t these beautiful, imposing farmhouses with their singular architecture worthy competitors to fortified castles?

Castles and fortified estates on the Causse de Sauveterre

There are several castles and fortified estates on the Sauveterre, less isolated and closer to the Lot Valley than the Méjean. One of the best-preserved is located in the commune of Laval-du-Tarn. Château de Grandlac, built in the second half of the 16th century, belonged to the Maillans, a large bourgeois family from La Canourgue, later ennobled. In the 16th century, Jean de Maillan married Jacquette de Mostuéjouls, heiress to Château de la Caze, thus unifying the two estates.

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