Les Plus Beaux Villages de France – The Most Beautiful Villages in France
Saturday 22nd April 2017 and ‘Day 4′ of our travels.
A little bit of background on Sauveterre-de-Rouergue:
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is located in the Aveyron Département of the Midi-Pyrénées in Southern France. It’s roughly 35 km south-west of Rodez.
Heading north, Sauveterre-de-Rouergue was our next stop. Having done a bit of research since then, it seems that this little village was something of a design project in its day
Essentially made of nine blocks set three by three, the centre ‘block’ is a large, open, arcaded public square surrounded by eight separate blocks of buildings, each set around a garden with its own well. Not a bad bit of planning for the 13th century!
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is a very old royal “bastide” that dates back to 1281 and retains its original layout.
There are still lovely half-timbered or Renaissance-style houses on the main square, with about forty-seven arcades surrounding it.
Nestled under the beautiful stone arches are a number of sweet boutique-style shops where local craftsmen and shopkeepers sell their wares.
Well off the beaten track, the village was remarkably quiet for a Saturday afternoon and we enjoyed yet another impromptu picnic in the sun before hitting the road once more.
Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and I hope you enjoyed today’s collection of photos by Amanda and me.