Ideas combining hikes and local heritage!
DAY 1: MEDIEVAL TRAIL
In the morning, departure from Rignac on foot by the medieval path that joins Belcastel.
In the late morning (about 2 hours and a half walk), arrival at Belcastel "One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France". You have the possibility to visit the house of the forge and the old trades. To make this visit, you must go to the Tourist Office, Belcastel office.
Possibility to picnic on the banks of the Aveyron or to have dinner in the restaurant.
From 2pm you can go to the Tourist Office to make the audio-guided tour of the village if you wish.
After discovering the secrets of Belcastel, you can now go to the castle to deepen your visit and discover the art gallery.
Then you can return to Rignac, count about 2h30min of walking.
DAY 2: RENAISSANCE COURSE
In the morning, departure from Rignac on foot by the Renaissance path that joins Bournazel (about 3 hours of walking).
At noon, you can have your meal at the restaurant.
In July and August every day except Tuesday, from 2PM, you have the opportunity to visit the castle of Bournazel and make the visit by audio-guide of the village.
At the end of your visit, you can return to Rignac (about 3 hours walk).
DAY 3: ETHNO-BOTANICAL TRAIL
In the morning, take your car to go to the Croix-Blanche and park in the car park of the Conservatoire du Châtaignier (about 5/10 min by car)
Start your tour of the ethno-botanical trail with signs along the trail.
At noon, you have the opportunity to picnic in Mirabel, a small hamlet of Rignac.
Continuing the path, you will pass near the Farm Tessi, you can plan a snack at the farm by booking in advance.
DAY 4: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GEORGES ROUQUIER
In the morning, you can go to Goutrens and park in the car park of the church to take the hike of the guidebook "Au Pays Rignac-Montbazens" entitled: "In the footsteps of Georges Rouquier".
Halfway (about 2h30 walk) you can picnic to the point of view of the Borie in front of Cassagnes-Comtaux, picturesque hamlet of Goutrens.
Then you can continue your visit to the Domaine du Cros.
Continue through Cassagnes-Comtaux then return to Goutrens and its museum Espace Rouquier Georges to know everything about "the craftsman of cinema".
Discover the "most beautiful villages of France" of the region!
Sunday: Visit of Belcastel, the village and its history with audio guides, the Forge and old trades museum and finally its castle, rebuilt by the famous architect Fernand Pouillon.
Monday: In the morning, discovery of Peyrusse-le-Roc and in the afternoon visit of Bournazel and its castle, considered one of the most beautiful castles of the French Renaissance in the South of France.
Tuesday: In the morning, take your time at the Rignac market, go to the Tourist Office Multimedia Library and visit the exhibition, then take a peaceful stroll in the Maymac wetland. In the afternoon, head to the Chestnut Conservatory at the Croix-Blanche and discover the ethno-botanical trail in Ségala.
Wednesday: In the morning, cross the magnificent Vallon de Marcillac to get to Conques, on the way to Saint Jacques de Compostela. On the way back, don't forget to stop on the way in Goutrens to visit the Espace Georges Rouquier, the Cros wine estate and "our countryside in the past" at La Palairie or "An eye on the past" technology museum in Rignac.
Thursday: Head towards Villefranche-de-Rouergue and stop at its market, then continue your visit to Najac "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France". On the way back, make a detour via Villeneuve d'Aveyron.
Friday: In the morning, head towards Ségala to discover Sauveterre-de-Rouergue. Finally, in the evening, taste local products at the Belcastel night market from 7 p.m. in July and August.
It's raining, I take the opportunity to discover the castles and museums of the region!
Sunday: Visit the village of Belcastel, its museum "the House of the Forge and old trades" and its castle with its Art gallery.
Monday: In the morning, go to the Tourist Office Multimedia Library and discover the exhibition. Then, enjoy the visit of the village and the castle of Bournazel.
Tuesday: In the morning, do your shopping at the Rignac market, then go to Rodez so as not to miss the Soulages, Fenaille and Denys Puech museums.
Wednesday: In the morning, visit of Conques, the abbey church with its stained glass windows by Pierre Soulages and its Treasury. In the afternoon, visit the Espace Georges Rouquier in Goutrens. Not far from there, "Our campaigns formerly" at the Palairie is open from June 15 to September 15 every day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. In Rignac an exhibition and demonstrations of old technologies are offered to you at the museum "an eye on the past".
Thursday: In the morning, visit of Villefranche-de-Rouergue and its market. In the afternoon, visit the Maison de la Photo in Villeneuve.
Friday: In the morning, visit the town of Figeac and its Champollion Museum, or Decazeville and its museums, or Cransac, its thermal baths and its museums. In the afternoon, continue with a visit to the mining museum in Aubin.
Ideas for fun activities to do with children!
Sunday: In the morning, discover the treasure hunt in the village of Belcastel and visit the castle with its knights in armor who stand on their mounts! Then, go to Bournazel for a visit to the Borde farm with the possibility of a horse-drawn carriage ride in the farm with a view of the Renaissance castle.
Monday: In the morning, discover the Ségala including Sauveterre-de-Rouergue "one of the most beautiful villages in France" then you have the opportunity to visit the animal park of Pradinas.
Tuesday: In the morning, discover the scents of the Rignac market, and get away from it all by strolling through the Maymac wetland, after the fitness trail in the Parc de La Peyrade. If it's hot, why not relax in the Rignac municipal swimming pool located in the park? In the afternoon discover the Chestnut Conservatory at the Croix Blanche (Rignac) then you can either walk to Mirabel (15 minutes walk, shaded) or take the ethno-botanical path in Ségala "Al travers" (9km , 5 hours with reading of the signs along the trail). At 4 p.m., by reservation, you can discover the farm animals and have your snack at the Tessi farm. Another possibility for a playful visit to Rignac is possible with a pony ride at the equestrian center of Rignac "el rio".
Wednesday: In the morning, discover Conques thanks to the game of curious children from the Conques-Marcillac Tourist Office. Very close to this Grand Site d'Occitanie, you can enjoy a guided tour of an ostrich farm in Sénergues. On your return to Pays Rignacois, stop at "our campaigns in the past" in Goutrens to discover how our ancestors lived or even "An Eye on the Past" in Rignac to discover old technologies.
Thursday: In the morning, discover the market of Villefranche-de-Rouergue then, you can canoe-kayak at the nautical base of Villefranche-de-Rouergue, which remains family-friendly, or the AAGAC base in Najac, more eventful. Go to the Villefranche-de-Rouergue Tourist Office for a fun visit: "Mystery at the Chartreuse" or "The Mystery of the Spice Merchant".
Friday: Cross Rodez and go to Gages-le-Bas to enjoy the animal garden, animal park and amusement park. You have the possibility of picnicking on site.