Set in an enchanting site at the heart of the picturesque Truyère gorges in Cantal, Alleuze Castle has kept some majestic remains of its past as a medieval fortress, perched on a rocky peak and now proudly towering over part of the Grandval Dam lake. Previously owned by the Bishops of Clermont, Alleuze Castle was a base for brigands who spread terror all over the region during the Hundred Years War.
A listed Historic Monument, the 14th-century castle fort, flanked by four round towers, is accessible in a few minutes' walk from the Chapel of St. Illidius. Located downhill from the village of La Barge, which you can reach by walking along a Way of the Cross, this little Romanesque church offers magnificent views of the feudal castle surrounded by greenery.
In summer, there are night-time guided tours, and every two years, the chapel site hosts a sound and light show with fireworks.