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Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, France 🇫🇷 2023

Date: 15th September 2023

Travelled: 95 kms from Baraqueville to Albi  

Visited: Sauveterre-de-Rouergue  

Stayed: Albi Aire CC, free, N43.93340, E02.13600  

Budget: 116 days @ €97 per day

We spent a quiet evening in the free aire in Baraqueville. The Hymer had spent the late afternoon in the shade and there’s was a cool breeze as the sun sets. Hopefully the hot weather has gone for the season.

Baraqueville does not have an old centreville lined with stone building and a gothic church, it’s a modern French village that arose in the 19th century. It does have some lovely walking and cycling paths around the lake that lies below the village.

Todays exercise program complete we service the Hymer, setting the GPS for Sauveterre-de-Rouergue a 15 minute drive.

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Aveyron, Occitania, Metropolitan France, 12800, France

From our guide book the Most Beautiful Villages of France you’ll find Sauveterre-de-Rouergue on page 256. Surrounded by fortified walls and gates the village is stands on open farmland. Within the walls the village retains its original street plan circa 1281, an open square with a rectilinear streets.

Finding a convenient parking spot we walk through an old gate to have a look for ourselves.

The central square pictured above is highlighted by the forty seven arches, which create a colonnade surrounding the square.

Eventually up a long narrow laneway we find the Collegiate Church of Saint-Christophe. Our guide book tells us its 14th century gothic.

There are a couple of Cafes and Bars that would have been great to have a drink if it wasn’t still morning. There’s no tat but a couple of small artist shops. Lots of half timber houses leaning one way or the other. Its been a very pleasant visit.