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Vieillevie is a village about 30 kilometres east of Figeac in the Cantal department of France. The village is on the border between the departments of Cantal and Aveyron (hence also the border between the regions of Auvergne and Midi-Pyrenees).

Exploring Vieillevie

Vieillevie is a lovely (if very small) medieval village which sits on the edge of the river Lot, with a small cluster of traditional houses spread along the riverside.

Castle in centre of Vieillevie

Dominating the village is the Chateau Fort of Vieillevie which was built during the 11-13th centuries and altered in the Renaissance period (15-16th centuries). A tour of the imposing turreted castle reveals its underground defences, its dungeon, defensive positions throughout the castle as well as its medieval kitchens and large Renaissance rooms.

After strolling through the centre of Vieillevie you can also wander over the bridge on the river to get some lovely views of Vieillevie and along the valley of the river Lot.

On the edge of the village the Ferme de LaVidalie offers wine and cheese tasting. The cheese is a delicious goats cheese which has won many awards.

There is a large canoe base nearby and it is a lovely peaceful stretch of river for canoeing.

local restaurant

Note: We stayed in the hotel La Terrasse in Vieillevie. The rooms are reasonably priced and the restaurant is excellent.

Attractions nearby

There is a great deal to enjoy in the region, one of our favourite parts of France, both in terms of scenery and picturesque villages.

The nearby village of Conques is just a few kilometres from Vieillevie and unmissable if you are in the area - it is a listed 'most beautiful village in France' and has an impressive abbey church. Another very lovely village is a little further south at Belcastel - again, well worth the excursion.

You can find more travel ideas in the Cantal guide and the Auvergne guide.

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Map of Vieillevie and places nearby

Visit near Vieillevie with France This Way reviews

Conques

Conques

Best known for its abbey and a s a pilgrimage destination, the beautiful village of Conques is a highlight of any visit to Aveyron

Conques guide
Le Don du Fel

Le Don du Fel

Le Don du Fel is an impressive exhibition of artworks and pottery

Le Don du Fel guide
Mourjou

Mourjou

Mourjou is historically a very important chestnut producing region in France, and it is still this and the surrounding chestnut forests that are of interest to visitors

Mourjou guide
Entraygues

Entraygues

The medieval bridges and half-timbered houses are among the highlights in the village of Entraygues

Entraygues guide
Marcoles

Marcoles

The fortified village of Marcoles dates from the 10th century and is one of our favourite Cantal villages

Marcoles guide
Maurs

Maurs

In Maurs you can see the Abbey Church of Saint-Cesaire and half-timbered houses in the medieval town centre

Maurs guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Cantal

Address: Vieillevie, Montsalvy, Aurillac, Auvergne, 15120, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.646111, longitude 2.418333

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

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