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The Hameau Des Lacs is located in the heart of the Aveyron.

A department with a thousand facets, Aveyron combines landscapes and accents in all weathers.

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The Aveyron

From the wide, silent spaces of the Aubrac to the whirlwind of the market in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, from the Templar and hospitable cities of Larzac to the legends surfing the rapids of the Viaur, from the shadows of the Cathar knights taking refuge in the citadel of Najac to the omnipresent memory of the Maquisards who conquered every corner of this country, from the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela stopping off in Conques or elsewhere to the boatmen of the Tarn...

Specialities : veal from Aveyron and Ségala (red label) and beef, coufidou, mourtayrol, tripous, goose and duck foie gras, magret, stuffed neck, game, trout with bacon, crayfish fricassee, respountsous, pascade, aligot, farmhouse cow's cheese, ...

Pastry: pies, rissole, scalded, fouace, marzipan, oil pump, spit cake.

The Lévézou

Lévézou is a vast crystalline plateau situated at an average altitude of 900m.

It is above all an agricultural region: cattle and sheep breeding for meat and milk (especially the sheep used for the production of Roquefort cheese).

It is also an exceptional hydrographic network: the Viaur, the Tarn, the Vioulou, the Alrance and numerous rivers and streams.

In addition, there are many lakes (mainly EDF reservoirs):

  • Lake Pareloup (the largest) (1,290 ha)
  • lake of Pont-de-Salars (190 ha)
  • Lake Villefranche-de-Panat (192 ha)
  • Lake Bage (50 ha)
  • Lake Gourde
  • lake of Saint-Amans


Finally, it is a particularly well-preserved natural environment where the fauna and flora compete with each other in terms of richness. You will be able to visit Micropolis, a leisure park dedicated to the world of insects, you will also be able to observe many birds, discover rare plants, catch magnificent fish, bathe in fresh and limpid waters ... a little taste of paradise!.

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Villefranche de Panat

A former 13th century bastide town, Villefranche-de-Panat is one of the "Stations Vertes de Vacances" located 45 km south of Rodez. This small town in the centre of the Aveyron is a representative sample of this hilly country of white water and lakes, alternating heather moors, undergrowth and overlooking the Tarn Valley.

A small rural commune of 800 inhabitants, Villefranche-de-panat is a festive and sporting town.
The association "Courir en Lévézou" (Running in Lévézou) organises major events, such as the lake loops, Ikalana, or the night owl hikes.

The committee of festivals and animations is very effective and proposes in particular the village festival which takes place on July 14th with a fireworks display on the lake. You might as well say that we have a front-row seat. No need to move around and go to the shooting range.

Located at the entrance of the village, Le Hameau des Lacs takes full advantage of all the services and shops present in Villefranche-de-panat.

You will be able to do some shopping in the various food shops, the two butcher's shops or the bakery.

The village also offers the possibility of eating out in the restaurants and pizzerias which are only a few hundred metres from the campsite.

It also has all the emergency medical services: doctor, nurse's surgery and pharmacy.

The "PACAP" area (Point Accueil Culture et animation en Panatois) will enable you to get documentation on places to visit, on walks... The Hameau des Lacs also has a large selection of tourist documents.

If you are tempted by slightly more frequented beaches or if you are looking for leisure facilities, Villefranche-de-panat has set up two beaches with supervised swimming in July and August.
For the past few years, a hiking trail of about 10km has been laid out around the lake. You will discover other landscapes and a different perspective of your campsite.

And finally, you don't have to go far to do your shopping, every Sunday and Friday in the village square there is a farmer's market, and every 4th Thursday of the month, a fair is organised.

 

What to do? What to see?

Come on! Shall we go for it?

The reservation is made, the road is made, you are installed in your chalet. The welcome drink is over... But what are you going to do now?

How about a little planning for the week?

After breakfast on Sunday morning, we can start by going to the farmers' market, which takes place in the village square.
In the afternoon, you can start with the Tour de Peyrebrune which will make you discover the lake from an altitude of 1100m. You might as well say that the view is grandiose. On the other hand, don't come back too late, there is the aqua-détente course at the swimming pool. Don't forget!

In the evening you can eat in the village square, there is the night market.

 On Mondays you can go to the Millavois. You can take the D44, or the road along the Tarn, in the direction of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon to discover the cheese producers and their cellars. After stopping at the village restaurant, you can take the road towards Millau and its viaduct. And finally, on the way back to the campsite, you can go through the Gorges du Tarn. Their landscapes are breathtaking.

Fontaine de Villefranche
Marché de Villefranche

 

 

 Tuesday will be Children's Day. Go and visit Micropolis, the City of Insects. The park will delight young and old for a day full of discoveries and emotions.

Wednesday is the day of the visit of the Aveyronnais heritage. Don't hesitate to push the doors of our churches and religious buildings (chapels, oratories, churches, abbeys, priories ...) !. It is also the occasion to discover some curiosities such as Le rocher du Diable, a granite megalithic monument which you will find on the road between Arvieu and Bonneviale. You can discover, after a few kilometres of walking, the Agen waterfall. From Agen d'Aveyron, you will take the direction of Millau for about 1.5km on the D29.

 Oh but it is the 4th Thursday of the month! Go to the monthly fair and discover lots of local products.

 If you wish to go a little further, you can discover, in the north of the department, the village of Laguiole and the Aubrac plateau. In winter, the people of Aveyron go skiing there. In the west of the department, one of the most beautiful villages in France is only accessible on foot. It is Conques, which is on the way to Santiago de Compostela. And finally to the east, the village of La Couvertoirade, a Templar and Hospitaller heritage.

 Friday is a day of rest... You need to pack your bags and get ready to head back home.

 

We hope you have had a good and invigorating week in the heart of the Aveyron, Lévezou and the Hameau des Lacs.

Belcastel

For centuries, Belcastel has been nestled in the hollow of the Aveyron valley.

 

Conques

The site of Conques, a major stopover on the road to Santiago de Compostela, is a major cultural site with an exceptional Romanesque heritage.

Najac

The village of NAJAC is built on either side of a single street that climbs the eminence that served as a natural foundation for the castle that dominates it.

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

Founded in the 13th century, the bastide town of Sauveterre-de-Rouergue invites you to the heart of the Middle Ages.

Figeac

Medieval city, birthplace of Champollion, decipherer of hieroglyphics.

 

Lac de Pareloup

The lévézou invites you under the sun to enjoy its 1600Ha of water. 3 lakes each equipped with 2 equipped beaches.

Parc animalier de Pradinas

A hilly park of 20 hectares to discover the animals stars of cinema: bears, wolves, falcons.

A Rodez

Notre-Dame de Rodez

a roman catholic cathedral built between the xiii and xvi centuries

Musée Soulages

Several guided tours are organized throughout the year.

Musée Denys-Puech

The museum presents the works donated by the artist Denys Puech to the city of Rodez.

Musée Fenaille

The largest collection of menhir statues in the world!