Brommat is a commune in northern Aveyron in Occitania, on the border of Cantal, about 40 km southeast of Aurillac.
Its mountainous territory whose altitude varies from 312 to more than 900 m is located south of the Massif Central on a volcanic plateau limited to the east by the valley of the Truyère, and dotted with valleys dug by its tributaries.
If Brommat merged in 1829 with the former localities of Albinhac, Cussac and Rueyres, it was already in the Carolingian period the chief town of a viganness (an administrative jurisdiction) dependent on Bars which then passed under the domination of the Counts From Provence to the Kingdom of Majorca in the 14th century! His lords were at last the princes Grimaldi of Monaco until the Revolution.
This hectic history left a heritage of interest, in a natural setting of exception. In addition to agricultural and artisanal activities, the construction of a dam and a hydroelectric plant were added in 1930 to the place called Sarrans.
All these elements make today Brommat (about 680 inhabitants) a popular destination for lovers of green tourism.
The village of Brommat as the centers of the villages absorbed in the nineteenth century conceal a built heritage of quality.
At Brommat itself, the church of Saint-Anthime-et-Saint-Saturnin dates from the late 15th century, built on the remains of a Romanesque church. Remodeled in the 17th century, it houses a magnificent altarpiece from the 18th century. Note also the sculptured masks that decorate the Gothic arches, outside and inside. At the level of the vault which overhangs the altar on the right, there will also be a representation of Christ surrounded by the four evangelists. Information on +33 5 65 66 00 96.
The castle that adjoined the church has disappeared, but it remains nearby a beautiful tower-shaped house, with openings of the 15th century.
On the hamlet of Albinhac, to see, the church Saint-Roch. It is ogival in shape and dates from the beginning of the 16th century. Not to be missed on the portal as inside, many small sculpted figures. One of the most amazing is a putrefied corpse holding one's hand with one hand and the other with a spear.
The 15th century castle that once belonged to it was once a priory belonging to the Abbey of Conques. It is an important building flanked by turrets built according to a square plan.
In Castelnoël, also to see, the old castle called Calhac (fourteenth century, reworked several times). It is composed of a main building and an imposing dungeon built on a rock.
Finally, to see at the level of Rueyres, the church Saint-Cyrice-and-Sainte-Juliette (XIIe and XIVe centuries).
As far as the contemporary period is concerned, there is a contrast between traditional dwellings and farms, which are oriented opposite to wind and cold, sometimes protected by mounds or groves, built with basaltic stones, schist or even Granite and covered with lauzes (as in Cantal), and the Art Deco constructions dating from the construction of the dam, in the hamlet of Brézou. At the time of the project which lasted more than ten years, a real town in the countryside had been created...
For tours or guided tours gathering all these heritage elements, please call +33 5 65 66 10 16.
It is also possible to discover the Sarrans dam (135 m long and 70 m high, equipped with 4 spillways) and the two underground power stations capable of supplying electrical energy satisfying more than 350 000 inhabitants! Information on +33 5 65 66 10 16.
Many possibilities of hiking including discovering the historical and natural heritage can delight the amateurs. Walking or mountain biking. However, it is prudent to learn about difficulty levels (relief). Maps and information on +33 5 65 66 10 16 or +33 5 65 75 40 12.
One of these strolls can include the Jongues lime tree, with amazing dimensions (it is classified "remarkable tree").
We will not forget the Path of the imaginary christened "Au fil de l'eau" realized by the homonym association and the commune of Brommat. Fun and family, well marked, it allows to discover the environment, the fauna and flora of the river for 4 km. Departure from the town hall. To do all year round. But from Easter to October, it can include the visit of the mill of Burée which regroups in a single building the mill of the eighteenth century and a flour mill of the twentieth. Admission: 1 euro. Information in +33 6 30 96 34 87.
For sports enthusiasts, note that one can enjoy in July and August the heated and discovered pool (with slide) and its beach volleyball court. Entry 1 and 2 euros. Information on +33 5 65 66 00 96.
Climbing on the natural site of Bussières, in the gorges of the Truyère, is also proposed to novices as well as confirmed amateurs. For information, call +33 (0) 5 65 66 19 87.
Finally, the fishermen are at the party in the territory of Brommat. Find out about the regulations and the most suitable sites on +33 5 65 68 41 52.