Visit Brousse-le-Chateau (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
Brousse-le-Chateau is a small village in the Aveyron department of southern France. Set in an idyllic and peaceful location on the banks of the Tarn and Alrance Rivers, Brousse-le-Chateau is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and falls within the boundaries Regional Natural Park of the Grands Causses.
The village is small, and the roads to get here are rather slow, but don't be deterred because a visit to this unspoiled gem is highly recommended.
The houses running up the hill are lovely stone cottages from the 17th and 18th centuries, often with traditional stone roofs and chimneys, and the setting is perfect with the village having a scenic backdrop of wooded hills and very little clue that much has changed here in recent centuries.
Apart from the pleasures of simply strolling up the cobbled streets through the village there are also two important highlights to discover: the Chateau de Brousse and the 15th century fortified gothic style Church of Saint-Cirice.
The castle which gives its name to Brousse-le-Chateau stands firmly on a rocky spine above the village and river below. The castle dates from the 13th - 15th centuries, and is a good example of French medieval castle architecture, with the towers and original castle ramparts still keeping watch on the village as they have for more than 600 years.
*There are a few medieval castles in France that really seem to belong in their setting (Chateau de Bonaguil, Tours de Merle and perhaps Chateau Gaillard are other examples) - and the castle at Brousse le Chateau falls within this select group. There is also a nicely maintained castle garden.
After visiting the castle be sure to stroll back down to the Alrance River to see the little stone bridge (13th century) that once provided the only access to Brousse-le-Chateau, then perhaps head to the broader Tarn river for a picnic or for the children to have a paddle.
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Brousse-le-Chateau
Brousse-le-Chateau is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Brousse-le-Château, Saint-Rome-de-Tarn, Millau, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees, 12480 || GPS: latitude 43.998333, longitude 2.625833
Map of Brousse-le-Chateau & places nearby
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Millau bridge 33km
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See Midi-Pyrenees and Aveyron (the region and department for Brousse-le-Chateau) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Brousse-le-Chateau, France
- Eglise de Saint-Cirice (Brousse-le-Chateau) - religious monument
- Grands Causses - regional natural parc (29km)
- Peyre - most beautiful village (32km)
- Abbaye de Sylvanès (Sylvanes) - religious monument (32km)
- Sauveterre-de-Rouergue - town of art and history (35km)
- Albi - secteur sauvegarde (39km)
- Jardin du palais de la Berbie - remarkable garden (39km)
- Episcopal City, Albi - heritage site (39km)
- Parc Rochegude - remarkable garden (39km)
The French version of this page is at Brousse-le-Chateau (Francais)