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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.

It is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and falls within the boundaries of the Regional Natural Park of the Grands Causses just at the point that the landscape changes from gently rolling countryside to steep forested slopes.

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France This Way review: Brousse-le-Chateau is a small village and the roads to get here are rather slow, but don't be deterred because a visit to this unspoiled gem is highly recommended.

You are not going to get lost in the old centre of Brousse-le-Chateau! There is one street that runs along the bottom of the village next to the small river, a small bridge across the river, and then a cluster of houses along the cobbled streets that lead to the castle!

The main street has some old stone houses and a Logis restaurant and is a perfect place to stop for lunch.

Castle and village of Brousse-le-Chateau

Pause to admire the ancient stone bridge across the Alrance River, built in the 15th century in the roman style (that is, the arch of the bridge is round not pointed) to replace an older bridge. Originally this bridge provided the only access to Brousse-le-Chateau, but there are now also two newer alternatives in the village.

The houses running up the hill from the bridge are lovely stone cottages mostly dating from the 17th and 18th centuries (although I would have guesed they were older), often with traditional stone roofs and chimneys, and the setting is perfect with the village having a scenic backdrop of wooded hills.

Note that the paths are rather steep, cobbled and not very well maintained, so exploring Brousse-le-Chateau might be a problem for wheelchair users.

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 is also a nicely maintained castle garden.

There are a few medieval castles in France that really seem to belong in their setting (the Chateau de Bonaguil, the Tours de Merle, the cathar castles and perhaps the Chateau Gaillard are other examples) - and the castle at Brousse le Chateau falls within this select group.

After visiting the castle stroll back down to the village, then perhaps head to the broader Tarn river on the edge of the village for a picnic or for the children to have a paddle.

Castle and village of Brousse-le-Chateau

Attractions nearby

Generally speaking this part of Aveyron is visited by those who appreciate quiet countryside and scenery, perhaps exploring by bike.

Other villages of interest in the area include Castelnau-Pégayrols, Montjaux, Verrières and others: each is small and doesn't take long to visit but merits a pause when you are passing.

To the east of Brousse-le-Chateau you can explore the lovely landscapes of the Regional Natural Park of the Grands Causses, with villages such as Peyre and Belmont-sur-Rance, while to the east you can visit traditional French towns such as Sauveterre-de-Rouergue.

Explore elsewhere in the Massif Central. You can find more travel ideas in the Aveyron guide and the Midi-Pyrenees guide.

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The Cevennes village of Belmont-sur-Rance is small but very enjoyable to explore, and to see the Collegial church of Saint-Michel

Belmont-sur-Rance guide


Close to Millau Bridge, the small village of Peyre is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

Peyre guide
Millau bridge

Millau bridge

Millau Bridge (the Viaduc de Millau) is a modern bridge designed by Norman Foster, one of the highest bridges in the world, and an imposing local monument

Millau bridge guide


The highlight in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is surely the medieval houses and arcades in the central square

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue guide


The town of Millau is a lively traditional town, well worth a visit when you are exploring this region

Millau guide


Albi is quite a remarkable town, with a substantial and beautiful centre and sensational views across the river below. Very recommended!

Albi guide

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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, Midi-Pyrenees, 12480, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 43.998333, longitude 2.625833

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Eglise de Saint-Cirice (Brousse-le-Chateau): religious monument
  • Grands Causses: regional natural parc (29 km)
  • Peyre: most beautiful village (32 km)
  • Abbaye de Sylvanès (Sylvanes): religious monument (32 km)
  • Sauveterre-de-Rouergue: town of art and history (35 km)
  • Albi: secteur sauvegarde (39 km)
  • Episcopal City, Albi: heritage site (39 km)
  • Jardin du palais de la Berbie: remarkable garden (39 km)
  • Parc Rochegude: remarkable garden (39 km)
  • Fraisse-sur-Agout: ville fleurie 4* (46 km)
  • Haut-Languedoc: regional natural parc (48 km)
  • Tindoul de la Vayssière: site of natural beauty (49 km)

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