Bordering Rouergue, Gévaudan, and Auvergne, Aubrac’s uplands now have natural park status. This enclave on the Massif Central, 70km south of Saint-Flour, is a natural haven where visitors can lose themselves as they explore the treasures of this pristine region, taking in hiking trails, Michelin-starred dining, and cultural excursions.
DINNER IS SERVED!
The experience begins as soon as you reach the restaurant with its contemporary architecture that commands the landscape. It is the first stop on a unique gourmet journey, with Sébastien Bras as your guide. Meticulous, inspired cuisine, governed by the “Bras philosophy” which has been drawing inspiration from Aubrac for three generations.
Pierre Soulages, an important contemporary artist born in Rodez in 1919, is turning 100 this year. It’s the perfect excuse for a visit to the Soulages museum, a one hour drive from Albi, and dedicated to this abstract painter, master of the Outrenoir. More than 250 pieces are on show in a striking architectural setting from the Catalan architects, RCR.
Occitania has no shortage of attractions for thrill-seekers! With its canyons and accessible mountains, just two hours from Saint-Flour, the Gorges du Tarn provides an amazing venue for wild water activities. The experience you can’t afford to miss? A summer night on the riverbank, falling asleep to the sound of the water... Bliss!
It was Bastille Day when Richard Virenique dominated at Saint-Flour, breaking from the peloton with Axel Merckx. The Frenchman won with a five minutes lead over Germany’s Andreas Kloden, earning his seventh and last stage victory. In Paris he would win the polka dot jersey as King of the Mountains.
Dogsledding in the beautiful landscapes of the Massif Central is a magical experience. On a kart attached to a train of ten or so dogs, it’s a great way to explore this incredible region.
Don’t be scared to try an outing on a dog-scooter!