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Laguiole is a village on the edge of the great Aubrac plateau, a volcanic plateau covering 2500 square kilometres to the north-east of Rodez in the Aveyron department.

The plateau is a region of open moorlands and lakes giving great vistas of sky and vast sweeping grasslands.

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The village of Laguiole is a traditional village of the region, where you can see grey stone houses with lauze roofs, the church of Saint-Matthew with its interesting arched doorway and the presbytery of Laguiole, a charming building with a small tower on the corner. You will also find several small cafes and restaurants in the town.

The most famous attraction in Laguiole is the knife factory, which manufactures some of the most famous knives and cutlery in the world.

Laguiole knives

Make sure you don't miss a visit to the Forge de Laguiole, home of the beautiful and much sought after Laguiole knives.

If you visit the forge you can tour the factory and see how these beautiful knives are made. Skilled craftsmen work in rooms in twos and threes and each make their knives from start to finish. They have two top knife makers, Virgilio Munoz Caballero and Stephane Rambaud who make knives for their collectors series.

Lagioule knives

To celebrate its 120th anniversary the Eiffel Tower gave a part of its iron to the Forge de Laguiole for a special knife collection to be made. These were then given out to special guests such as Barrack Obama. The office of the President sometimes ask for special knives to be made to give to visiting heads of state.

In the shop you can see knives designed by Philippe Starck, who also designed the building housing the Forge de Laguiole. Designers from the worlds of fashion, furniture and architecture have also worked with the forge to produce beautiful designs which are then made in the factory.

Some of the knives sell for more than 1000 euros each but there are many at a much more affordable budget (though not cheap) and I promise you will be wanting to buy one.


Laguiole and the Aubrac plateau

The plateau d'Aubrac is the summer home of the Aubrac cattle and every spring the 'transhumance', the taking of the cattle from the lowlands up on to the plateau, takes place.

These cattle, with their lovely sandy colour, long thin horns and black eyes are reared to make cheese. Called the 'tome de Laguiole', the cheese has AOC (Appellation d'Origine Controléé) status for its fine quality.

Cheese plays a large part in food in the area. If you stay for lunch in one of the good restaurants in the town of Laguiole, or elsewhere in northern Aveyron, try Aligot which is a cheese and potato mixture popular in the area and particularly good in the winter as it is a heavy, warming dish excellent for a cold day.

Aubrac plateau

Attractions nearby

The town is one of the principal bases to explore the Aubrac region, along with Marvejols to the south-east of the Aubrac plateau.

To the north-east of here we recommend a tour of the lakes and scenery of the Gorges de la Truyère, with the village at Conques to the west another unmissable highlight in the region.

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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Address: Laguiole, Rodez, Midi-Pyrenees, 12210, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.685, longitude 2.848056

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