Peyreleau is a town in Aveyron, in the Occitan region, 20 km north of Millau, bordering the department of Lozere.
The 16 km² of its territory ranging from 392 to 882 m, and is bordered to the north by the course of the Tarn and Jonte. The village developed on a promontory overlooking the confluence of the two rivers that form gorges that overlook plateaus and mountains.
At the crossroads of important roads during ancient times and the Middle Ages, has Peyreleau from the eleventh century a fortified castle that protects access to the Viscount of Millau. It is the seat until the Revolution of the lords of Albignac.
The city once known for growing grain, hemp, saffron or silkworms, no longer account that nearly 80 people. However, heritage and environment preserved in the Regional Grands Causses Natural Park make it a popular stop ecotourism enthusiasts.
If there are only few remains of the first castle of the eleventh century (ramparts elements), its stones were partly reused during construction from 1470 Triadou of the castle was to be the residence of the lords of Albignac. It now distinguishes this set of rectangular shape which was the main buildings, the chapel, called the "silk" dependency and a garden. For much of the nineteenth century, the village hall was housed there. Protected as a historic monument since 1944, the castle was divided between several owners.
Facing the town of Rozier, in Lozère, on the other side of La Jonte village Peyreleau grew like an amphitheater around the castle. The steep streets and even the old stairs can lead to a pleasant walk to win the Square Tower (or Clock Tower) built around 1615, it is the culmination of the small village picturesque charm. The Tower was acquired by the municipality and was converted into lodging. From the site, it has a great view over the village and ledges bordering the course Jonte east.
In fact, from the village, many walks are possible along the grooves or win the limestone plateaus. Some routes can be rough. Maps and information +33 5 65 75 40 12.
Combining walking and birdwatching, the Bird Protection League also offers summer outings accompanied by a guide, staked observation of vultures and other rare and protected species. Binoculars and telescopes are loaned. Information at +33 5 65 62 61 40.
Fishing enthusiasts are no exception and have available to practice their favorite hobby courses Tarn and Jonte. Learn about the regulation +33 5 65 68 41 52.
Note also that on Peyreleau and its surroundings, the Regional Park of Causses program throughout the year Natural events, exhibitions, themed walks: join +33 5 65 61 35 50 to be notified of the schedule.
Culturally, finally, in the former convent of the village, a workshop of artist specializing in creating sculptures and jewelry worth a detour. Contact the +33 6 08 51 23 65.