Peace and Serenity in L’Aubrac, France
As my small rental car took the windy turns with ease, I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road. The scenery here literally took my breath away.
It had snowed just four days prior to my visit to Aubrac and I could already feel the temperature dropping as I left the village of Conques behind.
The remote and ever-changing Aubrac Plateau is a volcanic territory, stretching to almost a thousand square miles. The stillness and unique beauty of this place makes it one of my favorite regions in France.
I arrived at the secluded Les Chalets de La Rule in Nasbinals and once I saw the small, tastefully decorated house I would be staying at for the night, I could feel the tension of my busy day releasing from my body.
The silence of this place was unlike anything I have experienced in my travels. All I wanted to do was sit on the porch with a glass of wine and stare off into the distance, savoring this moment of unexpected tranquility.
What To See
A car and an open mind is a must in Aubrac. If you want to explore this region, just be aware that you will be doing a lot of driving, but you will be rewarded with stunning views of the french countryside.
- Loups du Gevaudan Park
- Deroc Waterfall
- Caleden and Spa
The Loups du Gevaudan Park is the only wolf park in Europe and has over 100 wolves living in semi-captivity on a 50 acre lot. Many of the wolves were brought here for their safety from hunters and they have originated from Mongolia, Canada, Poland, Siberia and the Arctic.
If you are looking for a little outdoor adventure or photo opportunities, take a trip to the gorgeous Deroc Waterfall in Nasbinals.
In the unique town of Chaudes-Aigues, you will find natural hot springs and the Caleden and Spa. They offer soaking tubs and massage treatments.
Considered one of the most picturesque villages in France, Estaing is one of the stops along the walking pilgrimage to Santiago. You can tour the medieval castle, take a vineyard tour by foot or spend the day wine tasting at one of the many cellars.
Where To Eat
Don’t miss these top restaurants during your visit to L’Aubrac.
- Buron du Che
- Hotel Remise
Camillou in Aumont Aubrac has been around since the 1900’s, serving gourmet French food using traditional local recipes.
If you decide to stay at the lovely Les Chalets de La Rule, then Buron du Che will be right next door and I highly recommend stopping in for dinner. Make sure to try the Aligot!
Hotel Remise in Saint Urcize is worth a stop if you are near this tiny town. Fred and Isabelle run a wonderful hotel and restaurant and are two of the most accommodating hosts I encountered in France.
Thanks to the Entente Vallée du Lot, the Comité Départemental du Tourisme de l’Aveyron, Cantal Destination and Comité Départemental du Tourisme de la Lozère for hosting my trip to Aubrac, France. As always, all opinions are my own.