Raulhac is a commune in the Cantal in Auvergne region Rhone-Alps, 17 km south of Vic-sur-Cere.
Its territory of about 17 km² borders to the east of the department of Aveyron and ranges from 539 to nearly 1,000 m. It belongs to the historic region of Carladès, in west-central Massif Central, which was the Viscount of Carlat (hence its name), one of the subdivisions of the county of Auvergne.
Crossed by the Goul valley, the town consists of slopes facing south, giving it a softer climate.
Occupied since prehistoric times (flint extraction workshops and tool size were unearthed) and in antiquity, Raulhac was then composed of fiefs and properties that shatters over the centuries. At the heart of the Viscount of Carladès which will be owned by the Grimaldi family from 1643 Louis XIII donation in appreciation of support during the war with Spain, the village was formed around the year one thousand.
Several large families like the Armagnac and the Bourbons were the lords, and many castles still visible today bear witness to the past wealth of the territory. The center has preserved a picturesque heritage which justifies the label of Small City of Character awarded Raulhac.
Although victim of the rural exodus (about 300 inhabitants now against more than 1,000 in the nineteenth century), the village as the hamlets, their heritage and their environment warrant a step, especially as the animations are numerous (festival festivals, markets).
In the same town, the Saint-Pierre is a reflection of the rich history of the town.
The building dates mainly from the fifteenth century, although one column and masonry elements back to the twelfth. The church was also restored after the wars of religion and the nineteenth century.
Romanesque portal is observed and sculpted arches under the tower of square tower with a tower with six sides and, inside, a nave with four bays. At the level of the nave keystones like paintings of the vault of the choir, but also of the side chapels and the porch, medallions, weapons and coats of arms relate to various lords and families that have dominated the stronghold in the Middle ages and under the old regime.
Protected as historical monuments, also houses a church pulpit dated 1780, altarpieces seventeenth representing "the Education of the Virgin" and "Adoration of the Magi" and a pretty Pieta.
In the village again, the old houses in schist or basalt with tiled roofs have a quaint charm and some private houses even more give character and authenticity to the city: that of Vitrac with its vaulted rooms on the ground floor the fifteenth century, that of Mayonne with its timbered wall and Renaissance openings or that of Bonal whose angles were raised with imposing long basalt barrels of 2 meters.
The discovery of the heritage continues with the many castles built along the Goul valley and the lines of communication, according to the hamlets.
It begins this "circuit" with the castle Messilhac which dominates the valley, overlooking the volcanoes of Auvergne. Built in the twelfth century, it was remodeled in the sixteenth in a Renaissance teeming exemplary references carved in local history, especially in the magnificent facade. A visit to discover interiors that time has altered nothing in: the case of the former stately room in the dungeon, the guards room in the main building, which connects the rest two dungeons with its frame in chestnut of the sixteenth century, or of said chamber of Queen Margot, which was housed in these places when residing in Carlat, she came to visit Margaret Saunhac, wife of the Governor of Upper Auvergne and leader royalist party in the region. Open daily from 15 June to 31 August. Price: 5 and 7 euros. Information +33 6 72 71 79 85.
Also private, other castles is not unfortunately visit, but they can be observed from the outside. These include the Castle of the Mas de Raulhac (thirteenth bases and revisions), Castle Cropières that of Courbelimagne Manor Valduchez (seventeenth, two towers flanking a main building of classic style).
Rest Puechmouriez tower, the remains of a large castle of the thirteenth century which deteriorated in the seventeenth. The site was acquired for a symbolic franc in the town in 1992 and securing a long campaign and restoration was initiated.
Regarding sports and "nature" leisure, number of routes and hiking trails including the historic and natural sites of the territory, allow to combine pleasure of walking and remarkable panoramic landscapes of the surrounding peaks. Routes can join loops traced throughout the Carladès. Finally, note that in winter, some walks gagent to be performed in Nordic skiing. Maps and information +33 4 71 47 58 68
Fishing enthusiasts, meanwhile, will find with the Goul enough exercise their favorite sport. Information at +33 4 71 47 52 58.
Finally, in the summer, for a game of tennis, a short book on +33 4 71 49 55 68.
In July and August, local markets held regularly in the town.
In early August, over four days, accordion festival.
The first weekend of October, feast of the pie with hiking tome "flavors and heritage", tastings and market local, fun activities and music.
The last weekend of October, even years, the workshops Raulhac welcome artists from different disciplines (painting, sculpture, photography) for workshops, courses, exhibitions.