Pays de Roquefort and Saint-Affricain tourist office

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    Do you feel like spending some very special moments together as a couple? Enjoy a family activity? Savor some delightful cooking specialities?

    Discover some great ideas of how to spend an enjoyable stay in the Pays de Roquefort and the St-Affricain.

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    • Sporting events This year, a large number of sporting events are planned in Southern Aveyron. Let yourself be g...

      Hivernale des Templiers

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    • Get the inspiration to travel During the bloggers exposition that was held in Millau, many bloggers have started to share the...

      Randonnée Roquefort

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    • Craving for sunshine Everybody is eagerly longing for the Sun to come back and in particular the holiday-makers. For...

      Arc en miel

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    • Maison du Plésiosaure Do you long to be in the beauty of nature and also have the opportunity to step back in time to...

      Maison du Plésiosaure

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    • Rider apprentices The Vispens farm welcomes you to experience a day or a long stay in interaction with horses.

      Randonnée équestre

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    • Fancy tasting some Roquefort? Come and tickle your taste buds and enjoy the great Roquefort experience!

      Figues et Roquefort

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    Sporting events

    Sporting events

    This year, a large number of sporting events are planned in Southern Aveyron. Let yourself be guided by the summer rhythm of these great events.

    During the 15th stage linking Millau to Carcassonne, the Tour de France will cycle through Saint-Affrique. This stage which requires outstanding stamina is an ideal race for punchers with the cycling up to the Pic de Nore featuring a 12.3 km slope with a 6% gradient. The 15th stage also offers an amazing setting with the stunning Millau viaduct and its slender pillars providing the background for the beginning of this leg. There will be different cycling activities for spectators during this leg of the Tour de France through St-Affrique.

    However, if you are specifically interested in rugby, then the Vaquerin challenge is tailored to your needs. The challenge is in its 25th year and has become an essential part of training for the upcoming season and as such it attracts all the national and international teams which put the finishing touches to the listing of friendly matches that allow them to work out their future combinations. Headliners have yet to be announced but undoubtedly some major teams will take part in the contest which is good news for rugby fans.

    Car racing draws also a large audience with two major events: the 2nd Rallye Saint-Affricain which is taking place in August and the Cardabelles Rallye in October. Lastly, our territory has gained some serious reputation appealing to trail running addicts. If you want to warm yourself up right in the middle of December don’t hesitate anymore and enroll in the Hivernale des Templiers that will take you to places where majestic landscapes are waiting for you. During your race to the podium, don’t forget to take a break and enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of Larzac.

    You may just support your favorite team, or be an experienced sportsman/sportswoman, in any case, keep yourself updated with our website!

    Get the inspiration to travel

    Get the inspiration to travel

    During the bloggers exposition that was held in Millau, many bloggers have started to share their experiences of their trips to the Aveyron. So, if you are planning to visit Roquefort and its surroundings and would like to plan your trip, here are a few links to click on and take advantage of the experiences of some bloggers to discover the top deals and enjoy a wealth of information so that you spend an unforgettable day in Aveyron.

    Fabienne et Benoît de Novo Monde - Blog Voyage have put together their programme of a perfect day for you. To discover a gourmet circuit combining hiking and savouring local delicacies click here.

    Traversée d'un monde - Blog Voyage is rather amazing with its first experience of tasting Roquefort cheese. If your trip to Roquefort will be your first experience of tasting this World famous cheese click here.

    Aveyron is also a land of abundant nature where the magnificent landscapes have been preserved. Les deux dames en Van - Blog Voyage have set out to explore the Raspes du Tarn Gorges and the Muse Valley. Lovers of breathtaking scenery click here.

    We hope reading these blogs will make you want to live the experience… We are looking forward to meeting you soon in the Aveyron!

    Craving for sunshine

    Craving for sunshine

    Everybody is eagerly longing for the Sun to come back and in particular the holiday-makers. For lack of sunny weather, here are a few places of interest where you will stay warm and out of the rain!

    A brief overview of tourist attractions protected from the rain:

    - Saint-Affrique :

    . L'Arc en Miel: an educational guided visit at the heart of the world of honeybees

    . The puppets space: an area dedicated to exhibitions, workshops and shows about the art of puppeteering.

    . Maison de la Mémoire:  stroll through time and explore life and popular culture in the Aveyron in the early years of the twentieth century.

    - Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon :

    . The maturing caves and the packaging workshop

    - Coupiac :

    . 15th century castle: exhibitions about daily life in the Middle Ages, children's games…

    - Saint-Izaire :

    . Castle and archery museum: Free visits with guide book/information sheet. Discovery game for accompanied children from 6 to 12 years old…

    Click here to find all practical information (opening times and contact details).

    Maison du Plésiosaure

    Maison du Plésiosaure

    Do you long to be in the beauty of nature and also have the opportunity to step back in time to the Jurassic period!

    The Tournemire amphitheatre situated between the Roquefort caves and the Templar and Hospitaller sites is an outstanding geological area. At its entrance, a 180 million-year-old complete skeleton of an exceptional marine dinosaur, the Occitanosaurus tournemirensis was discovered fossilized in the “grey clay soils.” A copy of the original skeleton is exhibited in the House of Plesiosaur located in the heart of the village.

    Rider apprentices

    Rider apprentices

    The Vispens farm welcomes you to experience a day or a long stay in interaction with horses.

    Although sheep breeding is the emblematic activity of the area, horse farms are also to be found within the Grands Causses Regional Natural Park. The Vispens equestrian farm is located in an outstanding setting close to St-Affrique and offers a whole range of equestrian activities.

    From horse riding along the trails of the Vispens Causse to multi-day horseback trips with nights spent bivouacking or in a gite, several options are available depending on your experience and wishes.

    These trips and riding experiences may stimulate the desire of apprentices to work in equestrian related activities.

    More information: Ferme de Vispens - Tel: 0565493271

     

    Fancy tasting some Roquefort?

    Fancy tasting some Roquefort?

    Come and tickle your taste buds and enjoy the great Roquefort experience!

    This is the perfect time to come and visit the maturing caves whilst the new cheeses are ripening. It is the darkness of the caves that causes the Penicillium roqueforti fungus to develop successfully into its unique flavours. The whole maturation process involves a slow refinement from January to late June. After a 90-day period, including a minimum of 14 days of ripening in the caves, the Roquefort loafes reach a perfect state of maturation so that you can savor them at their optimum.

    After your visit to the caves, come and enjoy the tasting session where you can explore the nuances of the different flavors of the whole range of Roquefort.

    Seven Roquefort manufacturers welcome you to share their passion. You can find out all the information to plan your visit here.

    Make your stay an unforgettable gourmet trip during which you can explore cheeses of the Aveyron. The internet blogger Itinera Magica shares her experience about two emblematic cheeses: Roquefort and Laguiole.

    So if you are a gourmet enthusiast and love local food pay also a visit to the blog “déguster l’Aveyron” (savour Aveyron produce) and find out about the sharing of experience of Aveyron gastronomy. Enjoy reading this blog and we look forward to seeing you soon in Roquefort!

    I plan my stay

    To prepare your stay in the Pays de Roquefort and the Saint-Affricain just choose the type of accommodation that best suits your needs and follow the instructions.

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    The words of ambassadors

    • Margaux, a local resident

      A stroll across the red soils

      Saint-Izaire
    • Bernard, a local resident

      rando, gorges du tarn, nature, témoignage

      Pas de l'Arc
    • Delphine, a local resident

      Delphine, habitante

      Buissière
    • Candelaria, a local resident

      Belle Saint-Affrique

      Saint-Affrique
    • Lisa, a local resident

      Le roi des fromages

      Rocher St-Pierre
    • Laura, a local resident

      Week-end à St-Affrique

      Vide grenier

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    Event

    2018 Tour de France

    The start proper of the race will be given by the race manager Christian Prudhomme, at around 13.25 close to the exit of the village of Creissels, next to the côte d'Issis.

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    Tour de France 2018