Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt, Midi-Pyrenees: tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt (Midi-Pyrenees, France)


Sainte-Eulalie d'Olt is a pretty village listed among the 'most beautiful village of France' at about 30 kilometres north-east of Rodez in the Aveyron department of the Midi-Pyrenees, just one of several picturesque villages that lie on the course of the Lot River in the region.

Exploring Saint-Eulalie-d'Olt

Start your visit in the square in the village centre in front of the church, the principal historic monument in Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt. Originally a substantial medieval castle occupied much of the village, but this no longer exists.

The church originates in the 11th century, and is partly roman, partly gothic style. The church contains an impressive choir section with a semi-circle of large stone columns. The church is also said to contain two of the thorns from Christ's crown in its shrine - this forms the centre of a procession through the town on the second Sunday of each July.

The current castle in Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt was built in the 15th century and has a very ornate facade with decorative windows and stone carvings (the castle itself is not open to the public).

Opposite the castle is another grand building, a town house dating from the 16th century and also with interesting stonework and a decorative corner tower.

As you explore the maze of narrow medieval streets around the square you will several other interesting ancient buildings including the school and a good number of 16th century houses: the village centre is quite small but you will find many historic features of interest such as balconies, towers and renaissance style windows.

Attractions close to Saint-Eulalie d'Olt

Most local attractions are found along the course of the Lot river and the little Serre River. Of particular interest are the watermills along the Serre, including Les Douzes (where the Serre emerges from the ground), Les Foulons, and the recently restored mill in Sainte-Eulalie itself.

Following the river Lot downstream you will find numerous small villages and hamlets of interest with Cabanac just west of here, then Saint-Come d'Olt, Espalion and Estaing...

The scenery along the Gorges du Tarn to the east, including villages such as Saint-Chely-du-Tarn and Sainte-Enimie, is also very highly recommended

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You can find more local travel ideas in the Aveyron guide and the Midi-Pyrenees guide.

See also:

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Tourist classifications

Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt, Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, Rodez, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees, 12130, France || GPS: latitude 44.463, longitude 2.9424

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