Gorges of The Tarn


Throughout this segment of the site, which attracts many tourists in the summer, you will plunge into the winding valleys, dominated by cliffs as steep as they are impressive, all the better to admire them up on the plateaus and enjoy exceptional views.

Around Ispagnac

Ispagnac

Charming town that has been able to preserve its architectural heritage. Of particular note is its beautiful Romanesque church. Visitors should take the time to stroll along its streets and alleyways. Many loop trails are available from the village, inquire at the Tourist Office. Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays (in the summer).


Tourist Office
Place de l’église, 48320 Ispagnac
Website - tel : 04 66 45 01 14
Opening times:
October through March: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. ;
April, May, June and September: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and holidays: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ;
July and August: Monday to Saturday: 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday and holidays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Quézac (48320)

The village is best known for the water produced there that shares its name (tour of the factory possible). To get there, it is necessary to cross the Tarn River via a magnificent Gothic bridge of five arches dating back to the Middle Ages (14th century). It was subsequently restored to allow the passage of travelers following the Pilgrimage Route of Saint Jacques de Compostela.


In the surrounding area 

On the road to Sainte Enimie, visitors will note a castle from 1000 A.D. in Castelbouc. Its integration into the rock makes it almost invisible.


Sleeping

Chambres d'Hôtes "La Maison de Marius"
14 Route du Pontet, 48320 Quézac
Website 
 - tel : 04 66 44 25 05.
Price from €70.

Around Sainte Enimie

Sainte Enimie (48210)

Limestone village of picturesque alleys, Sainte Enimie offers its architectural heritage to visitors. It has been ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. Pleasant walks are available along steep alleyways of the medieval village. Sainte Enimie is also a starting point for many water activities on the Tarn. Market on Thursdays (in the evenings in July and August).
Not to miss: the monastery of Sainte-Enimie was founded in the 7th century. It remains today the former refectory and the Romanesque Chapel of Saint Madeleine.


Office du Tourisme des Gorges du Tarn et Grands Causses

48210 Sainte Enimie
Website - tel : 04 66 45 01 14.
Opening times:
November through March, Monday to Friday : 9:30 to 12 p.m/ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
April through June, September and October, Monday to Saturday : 9:15 a.m to 12 p.m/ 2 p.m to 6 p.m.
Open every day in July and August, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Utopix - with children
48210 Sainte Enimie
 (9 kms from the village)
Website - tel : 04 66 48 59 07.
Price: adults €7 / children: €6.
Open daily, from April through October: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Utopix is a Fun House that leads visitors into a magical world.


In the surrounding area

Saint Chely is on the road along the Tarn River, between Sainte Enimie and Malène.
The Chapel of Saint-Chely du Tarn is the only one that has kept the memory of its pre-Romanesque architecture: the nave ends with a rectangular choir.

Viewpoint of Saint-Chely du Tarn (48210)
Located on the RD 986 when traveling from Saint Énimie to Meyrueis, the gazebo offers a beautiful view of the gorge, 400 meters below.


Sleeping - Eating

Auberge de la cascade **
Saint-Chély sur Tarn, 48210 Sainte Enimie
Website - tel : 04 66 48 52 82
Room from €62.
Restaurant : "menu" from €19.50.

Hôtel Burlatis **
Rue de la Combe, 48210 Sainte-Énimie
Website - Tel: 04 66 48 52 30.
From d. €49/ tr. €65/q. €75.

Auberge du Moulin ***
Rue Combe, 48210 Sainte Enimie
Website - tel : 04 66 48 53 08.
Room from €62.
Restaurant : "Menu" from €14.90.

Château de la Caze ****
Road of the Gorges du Tarn  towards La Malène
48210 Sainte Enimie 

Website - tel : 04 66 48 51 01.
Room from €134.
Restaurant : "formule" : 38 €. "Menu" from €48.

Around La Malène

La Malène (48120)

The village is an ideal starting point for embarking on the Gard River. Its boatmen will help visitors discover the wonders of this river with impressive limestone cliffs.
Market on Mondays (July and August).


The boatmen of Gorges du Tarn
Website - tel : 04 66 48 51 10.
Open from April through October.
Boat rides on the Tarn River.


In the Surrounding Area

In order to go from La Malène to Les Vignes, two routes are possible for enjoying the views from the right bank or the left bank. Visitors can choose between the Pas de Soucy lookout (in the valley) and the roc de Hourtous (on the Causse Méjean), or the Point Sublime (on the Causse de Sauveterre).

Roc des Hourtous
Price: €1.50
Open daily from May to September: 9 a.m. 9 p.m. ; July and August: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Outstanding view from 450 meters above the straits of the Gorges du Tarn. Vultures may be visible in the evening.


Belvédère du Pas de Soucy
At the end of Les Vignes towards La Malène.
Tel : 04 66 48 81 40. Price: €0.50 / children under 12 years old: €0.20
Open daily from April through October.

The Tarn River disappears over a hundred meters under huge blocks of collapsed cliff, forming an impressive chaos. An overhanging panoramic viewpoint allows visitors to discover this site.


Point Sublime
48210 Les Vignes
Free. Open daily from April through October.
Located on the Causse de Sauveterre , the Point Sublime panorama is outstanding. Visitors can overlook the Tarn gorges, winding 500 meters below.


Sleeping - Eating

Chambre d’hôtes "Le Pigeonnier"
Route de la Canourgue, 48120 La Malène
Tel : 04 66 48 57 51.
Only one room : €54.

Manoir de Montesquiou ***
48210 La Malène
Website - tel : 04 66 48 51 12
Room from €75.
Restaurant : "menu" from €25.

Gîte d’étape de La Malène
48210 La Malène
Tel: 04 66 48 58 55.
Bed in dorm : €12.25.

In the surrounding area

Gîte Les Fleurines
Almières, 48500 St Rome de Dolan

Website - tel : 04 66 48 81 01
Room from : d. €40/ tr. €60/ q. €80. Bed in dorm : €16. "Dinner menu" : €22.

Around Le Rozier - Peyreleau

Le Rozier (12720)
Located in a strategic location, between the gorges of the Tarn and the Jonte. Features a romanesque church from the 12th century.


Peyreleau (12720)
Formerly this village lived by its coal mines. Perched on a rocky outcrop, it overlooks the village of Rozier.
Not to miss: Tower from 1000 A.D., the remains of the Peyreleau castle and houses from the 15th and 16th centuries.


Tourist Office of Le Rozier
Route de Meyrueis, 12720 Le Rozier
Website - tel : 05 65 62 60 89.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m/ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July and August : Monday to Saturday : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. / 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Tourist Office sells hiking guidebooks, and also indicates climbing and via ferrata routes.


Château de Peyrelade
12640 Rivière sur Tarn
Website - tel : 05 65 59 74 28.
Price : €4 / 8 to 12 years old : €2. Free for children under 8 years old.
Opening from May through September.
From mid-May to mid-June, only on week-ends : 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
From mid-June to end of June and September, open daily except on Tuesday : 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.
July and August : Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Majestic medieval fortress built between the 12th and 16th centuries on a rocky spur, like an eagle’s nest overlooking the vallée du Tarn, the Peyrelade Castle was one of the most important fortresses in the region thanks to the strategic position of its spectacular tower. Free or guided tour (1h30) follows an educational and entertaining scenic route that takes visitors into life in the Middle Ages. Superb views over the valley and the gorges of the Tarn. Activities for children on Wednesdays afternoons during the summer.


In the Surrounding Area

Chaos de Montpellier le Vieux and activity park
Le Maubert, 12100 Millau
Website - tel : 05 65 60 66 30.
Price: €6.60 / 15 to 20 years old : €5.40  / 5 to 14 years old : €4.70. Free for children under 5 years old.
Open daily from April through October : 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ; July and August : 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Located on the Black Causse, the Chaos (a large blockfield) is accessible after crossing Peyreleau. The name of this limestone village was given by the shepherds who rode on the plateaux for the transhumance, in analogy with the city of Montpellier in the Hérault department. The site has a spectacular rocky chaos carved into the limestone by the elements. This is one of the greatest rock labyrinths of Europe. Walks possible for visiting the site via several circuits (from 1 to 3 hours long). Guided tours by mini train (45 minutes) or the via ferrata (climbing and hiking activity between climbing and hiking) for the more atheltically-inclined (2h30).


The Maison des Vautours
Le Truel, 48150 Saint Pierre des Tripiers
Website - tel : 05 65 62 69 69
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Price : €6.70 / 5 to 12 years old: €3. Free for children under 5 years old. Family Pass : €17.90.
Open daily. Closed on Mondays in April, May, June, September and October.
April and October : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May through September: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Toward Meyrueis. In the middle of nesting sites visitors will learn all about the history of vultures, their disappearance and their reintroduction. You can even watch them ... Very educational, for the whole family.


Sleeping and Eating at Le Rozier

Hôtel Doussière **
Rue principale, 48150 Le Rozier
Website - Tel: 05 65 62 60 25.
From €50.
Restaurant l'Alicanta :
Menu from €27.

 

Sleeping in the surrounding area

Chambres d’hôtes La Pause
Route de Capluc, 48150 Le Rozier

Website - tel : 05 65 62 63 06
Price from : d. €62/ tr. €83/ q. €110.

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