Go on holiday to the sun, and stop off in Aveyron.
Discover St-Geniez-d’Olt in the Lot Valley
Saint-Geniez-d’Olt: exceptional architecture, lively and bordered by the River Lot. For millennia, man and nature have shaped the history of this region. It is also at the centre of an exceptional terroir. Between Aubrac and Causse, in the heart of the Lot Valley, Saint Geniez d’Olt, ‘the pearl of Rouergue’, will surprise you. Classified as a “Green Holiday Resort“, this village of 2,000 inhabitants extends along the 2 banks of the Lot at an altitude of 400m.
The Marmotel campsite is located 500m from the centre of this “little corner of France“. You can get to it on foot (10 min) along the river Lot.
Enjoy all the amenities close to the campsite: visit this city of arts and leisure: the 14th-century cloister, exhibition gallery, cinema, marked trails, summer entertainment, supermarket, 40 shops and markets with local producers, restaurants, a bar, and fishing in rivers, the lake and streams.
Moving forward! At the St-Geniez-d’Olt Tourist Office, you will find detailed maps offering walking tours, bike tours, and also a schedule of activities every week with guided tours, the opportunity to discover farms, as well as nightlife and sports excursions. A welcome drinks reception is held every Monday in the village cloister (contact: 0033 (0)5 65 70 43 42)
Experience the emotion of true sensations, through the authenticity of its inhabitants, the beauty of the landscapes and villages with a medieval accent.
The Lot valley and its villages: an extraordinary heritage
You have chosen Aveyron and the banks of the Lot for your camping holidays. This guarantees you a break in a beautiful setting, enjoying nature at a distance from the major urban centres.
We invite you to discover the extraordinary heritage of the villages of the Lot Valley, many of which are labelled among the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”.
From the 4-star Marmotel campsite in Saint Geniez d’Olt, you will be spoilt for choice when picking your places to stroll and sightsee in Aveyron.
An exceptional and picturesque heritage awaits you, not to mention the local farmers’ markets and the festivities that punctuate the season. Here we have selected some exceptional villages that should not be missed.
A little Lozerian Venice La Canourgue
Just 30 minutes away from the Marmotel Campsite, this amazing village is also called the “Little Lozerian Venice”. You will fall in love with this village, with its medieval streets and characterful canals. The village offers magnificent timber-framed or renaissance houses and a very beautiful Romanesque chapel.
It is very popular with visitors in summer, and many entertainment and cultural events are held there. It is a must-see. Once at La Canourgue, make a stop at the nearby village of Banassac-Canilhac. It is, in fact, the meeting of two ancestral villages whose foundations date back to Roman times. From the ruined castle of Banassac, you will discover a panoramic view.
Located 45 minutes from the Marmotel campsite, discover the village of Chanac and its tower, which overlooks the Lot Valley. This village is very lively and offers many festive activities all year round. Starting from the village, you will also find many hiking trails for all levels.
Lot Valley in Aveyron Sainte Eulalie d’Olt
Located close to the Marmotel campsite, you can discover the villages of the Lot Valley in Aveyron. A beautifully preserved artistic village and medieval town, Sainte Eulalie d’Olt is worth a visit during your camping holidays. Let yourself get lost in its charming streets, always in bloom, overlooked by astonishing, perfectly-preserved medieval facades. Don’t miss its 10th-century church, which contains a fragment of Christ’s crown of thorns.
Every second Sunday in July, the procession of the Holy Thorn is held. The whole village participates in Christ’s calvary in period clothes. The 15th-century castle will be your second stop in this beautiful village.
The most beautiful villages in France Estaing
Labelled one of the “Most beautiful villages in France”, the village of Estaing, on the road to Santiago de Compostela, is certainly worth a visit during your camping holidays. Visitors must experience the charm of this particularly well-preserved medieval city.
The Estaing castle, classified as a historical monument, is one of the best-known and most visited castles in Aveyron. On the first Sunday in July, the whole village celebrates Saint Fleuret and dresses in medieval clothing to pay tribute to him. In September, the Medieval Festival is held: a gigantic festival during which the village takes a leap back in time to the sound of minstrels and troubadours.
Discover the Lot valley Natural sites
Offers an extraordinary landscape. Here, you will be overwhelmed with emotions as you walk through the magical landscapes, where the changing light at all times sculpts the curves and rocks, creating a unique atmosphere.
The Tarn Gorges
Its stone cities such as Montpellier le Vieux, dug caverns or grottoes such as the Aven Armand, the Grotte de Dargilan or the Abîme de Bramabiau. The undeniable charm of these lands whipped by the wind and scorched by the sun…
Larzac plateau and its Templar cities
A land of passage since ancient times, with old inns and stables as the witnesses of the passage of men and animals over the centuries. It is also the paradise of the sheep that provide the milk for the making of the famous Roquefort cheese.
During your walks, you can discover some small treasures, such as the superb Commandery of the Templars of Sainte-Eulalie-de-Cernon, or the refuge tower of Viala-du-Pas-de-Jaux, a former granary of the hospitalier knights. Finally, make time for a detour to La Couvertoirade, which was founded by the Templars, one of the most beautiful villages in France…
Discover the Lot valley Cultural sites
The medieval village, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. For the authenticity of its built heritage and its preserved natural environment, on the way to Compostela.
World height record crosses the Tarn valley, a few hundred meters from Peyre, one of the 10 most beautiful villages in France. It is also of course very close to Millau, city of Art and History, and gateway to entrance to the Tarn gorges.
Located in a wild and steep valley in the north of Aveyron. Very renowned for its chocolate factory: for the quality of the products used, the care taken in manufacturing and this unique flavor that you will appreciate when tasting each product from the range offered to you…
Laguiole and its cutlery
A symbol of Aveyron, the Laguiole knife is known worldwide. Cutlery is a living and dynamic reality, as demonstrated by the many workshops and shops in the village. Laguiole claims the authenticity and expertise around this art object.
The village that has been established over the centuries around the canyon. It is a natural curiosity, located in the heart of Causse Comtal in Aveyron, with its geological (“Trou de Bozouls”) and natural heritage.
Come and find out what’s new in 2024!
New mobile homes with views of the Lot for maximum comfort: MiniMarmot mobile home and Marmot mobile home.
As well as a giant trampoline with an obstacle course to delight young and old alike.
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