Les Plus Beaux Villages de France – The Most Beautiful Villages in France
Monday 24th April 2017 and ‘Day 6′ of our travels.
A bit of background on Sainte-Eulalie-d’Olt :
‘Sainte-Eulalie d’Olt is a pretty village listed among the ‘most beautiful village of France’ at about 30 kilometres north-east of Rodez in the Aveyron department of the Midi-Pyrenees, just one of several picturesque villages that lie on the course of the Lot River in the region.’ ~France This Way
Today we were meant to rest after such a busy few days but the weather had threatened to be bad the following day so we decided to get out and visit the village close to where we were staying in Saint-Geniez-dʼOlt and I’m so glad we did.
The church of Saint-Côme d’Olt houses a reliquary containing a fragment of Christ’s crown of thorns that was gifted to the town by a Templar and gives rise to a procession held each year on the second Sunday in July. All the village’s inhabitants, in period costume, re-enact the main phases of the crucifixion of Christ. The festival lasts the whole weekend with a traditional dance, meal and fireworks.
This quaint, little known village was a real joy to walk around. There were so many beautiful buildings and pretty features like the small stream running alongside the sandstone coloured, chocolate box houses and pretty flowers just coming into bloom that we decided to sit and enjoy the scene for a while in one of the few cafes that was also a hotel.
Sainte-Eulalie-d’Olt is a small but truly beautiful village full of charm with some buildings dating back as far as the 11th to the 18th century. Take a look at the photos and make your own mind up. For me, personally, it was up in my top five for beauty.
Sainte-Eulalie-d’Olt, France – April 2017
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