Typical villages

The Rignac Area is ideally located for visiting the Aveyron district as well as the nearby Tarn and Lot districts. Here are some of the sites we recommend.


7 km – 10 min from Rignac

Bournazel counts with 300 inhabitants, but it is a really charming medieval village. You will see nice timbered houses with carved windows from the fifteenth and sixteenth century. This site, surrounded by nature, is the perfect scenery for the castle, a true Renaissance master-piece, which has been restored and decorated with original tapestries, paintings and furniture.


We advise you:

  • to visit the castle,
  • to visit the village with a guide or an audio-guide.
  • The Borde Farm (tour on donkey's back, horse-drawn carriage, trolley, making bread in the old stone hoven,...)



11 km – 14 min from Rignac

This small village on the banks of the River Aveyron provides the visitors with what they’re looking for. Located in a natural environment, it also has an interesting medieval heritage from the fifteenth century. You can see there fortifications erected during the Hundred Years wars when the region was under the English soldiers' control. You can also admire a high squared tower which is also the southern gate of the village.





We advise you to visit, not far from this town:

  • The farm called Felix Gourmand,
  • To use the free audio-guides you can ask for at the lobby of the restaurant « Le Relais de Prévinquières »




20 km – 24 min from Rignac

Composed by seven buildings which used to demonstrate its power, the old part of Peyrusse-le-roc still has an exceptional medieval site. Conquered by Pépin le Bref in year 767, this village was a highly strategic point, from a geographic, military and political point of view. It also was an important commercial place thanks to the surrounding silver mines. Peyrusse-le-Roc was an important place for the Dukes of Aquitaine and the Counts of Toulouse.

Nowadays, we can find a few ruins from this glorious times. This medieval site is like an open book about the Middle-Ages history.



We advise you to visit, not far away from here:

  • the Cavagnac Museum in Montbazens, with ancient earthenware and Chinese art,
  • the model train museum of Lanuéjouls.




20 km – 27 min from Rignac

Especially known for its PDO (protected designation of Origin) vineyards, the Marcillac valley has a lot of charming villages (Clairvaux d'Aveyron, Panat, Salles-la-Source, Muret-le-Château...). This area enjoys a micro-climate which is very suitable for the vineyards culture. This climate is the main reason for the Marcillac wine's success across the centuries. The « route des vins » (Road wine) leads you from a cellar to another in order to taste the local production. Another particularity of the Marcillac valley is the colour of the soil. Red, bordeaux, shiny red garnet,... the tones of the Marcillac ground also gives its identity to this area.


We advise you to visit also,

  •  the cellar Les Vignerons du Vallon 
  • The Traditional Art and Trades Museum



12 km - 14 min from Rignac

Located on the right side of the River Aveyron, Compolibat is a small village that will surprise you by the diversity of its natural heritage. Besides its fishing spots, you can discover the Igues site. An Igues is a natural furrow dug by erosion and water through the centuries.

More or less large, depending on the soil's nature, an igue is a quite rare natural phenomenon in the region. It allows us to see another aspect of Mother Nature’s work.