Peyre, Aveyron tourism & sightseeing

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Peyre is a small village situated on the Tarn River a few kilometres west of Millau in the Aveyron department of southern France and within the commune of Compregnac.

Exploring Peyre

As far as I could tell there is no car parking available in Peyre itself and you need to park in one of the car parks a few hundred metres outside the village. Not surprising, given the steep cliffs that rise behind the village!

Houses under the cliffs in Peyrce center village

I have to admit that although the village is classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', arriving here is a bit of a disappointment at first because of the train tracks that pass through the village and because the view from Peyre is rather dominated by the Millau Bridge.

But persevere! Peyre is a very attractive little village, with traditional stone houses along narrow streets, some steep and in stone, set against a cliff backdrop. You will also see a good number of troglodyte houses built in the local soft stone (called tuf) and built directly into the soft rock of the cliff.

Peyre is best known for its troglodyte church: the Church of Saint Christophe is the main individual attraction in the village and built in front of a cave in the cliff it looks very much part of the cliff itself. The church dates back to the 11th century in origins and was then fortified in the 17th century. The church is also now used to display occasional art exhibitions and contains some recent (2001) stained glass windows of note.

There is also a good view across from Peyre to the famous Millau Bridge designed by Norman Foster.

View to the Millau Viaduct from Peyre

It is possible to hire a canoe and then travel downstream under the Viaduct and passed the village of Peyre.

In the vicinity

Most highlights near here are scenic, with the wild landscapes of the Grands Causses and the Chaos de Montpellier-le-Vieux being the highlights close to hand. Another unusual feature you will notice in the countryside around Peyre is the small round stone buildings. Called 'caselles' these historically provided shelter and storage space to the local shepherds.

To the east of Millau you should drive (or cycle) along the Gorges de la Jonte and the Gorges de la Dourbie to appreciate the beautiful scenery.

The landscapes are an interesting contrast to the startling new Millau Bridge. In fact the road from Millau to Peyre passes directly under the bridge and is the best place to appreciate how tall it is!

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

See also:

Map of Peyre and places nearby

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Tourist classifications for Peyre

Peyre is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)

Address: Comprégnac, Millau-Ouest, Millau, Midi-Pyrenees, 12100, France || GPS: latitude 44.0908, longitude 2.9986

Plan your visit to Peyre, Aveyron

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Grands Causses: regional natural parc (7 km)
  • Chaos de Montpellier-le-Vieux: site of natural beauty (18 km)
  • Maison des vautours (vultures): zoo or wildlife park (23 km)
  • Abbaye de Sylvanès (Sylvanes): religious monument (29 km)
  • Brousse-le-Chateau: most beautiful village (32 km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Cirice (Brousse-le-Chateau): religious monument (32 km)
  • Aven Armand (grotte): site of natural beauty (32 km)
  • La Couvertoirade: most beautiful village (32 km)
  • Parc à loups du Gévaudan (wolves): zoo or wildlife park (33 km)
  • Le Caylar: village d'etape (36 km)
  • Abîme de Bramabiau: site of natural beauty (38 km)
  • Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt: most beautiful village (42 km)

The French version of this page is at Peyre (Francais)