The Truyère and Goul valleys
Natura 2000 – Protecting biodiversity and promoting our natural riches
The network of Natura 2000 areas runs across all of Europe, protecting rare and fragile animal and plant species and their habitats.
The Truyère gorges are a Natura 2000 Special Protection Area (SPA).
There are 1758 Natura 2000 areas in France.
“Migrating birds are a poetic reminder that nature and the protection of nature have no boundaries.”
Where to go birdwatching in Carladez. Possible all year round, in spring or in autumn (migration periods). Look out for the wood lark, the booted eagle and the osprey.
Where to go birdwatching in the Truyère gorges: nesting, and an important migration spot.
Calendar: Public outings organised by the Aveyron LPO (Birdlife Protection League)
Winter holidays with the red kite: red kite couples wintering
The Turlande rock
Filon of pink quartz. Impressive panoramic view across the Truyère gorges.
Formerly the site of a castle built by Robert de Turlande, who founded the Abbey of La Chaise-Dieu. The castle’s chapel is still standing.
Basalt platform formed by inverted relief, the site of a chapel.
Splendid views across the Goul and Rasthène valleys and the Monts du Cantal.
The ‘Carladez à Pied’ guide contains a hiking trail that starts from Taussac: 14.5km, level ***.
Great Rock of Carlat
A narrow strip of lava from the Cantal volcano flowed down and filled the bottom of the valley; erosion has raised the resulting basalt to form a plateau surrounded by 15-25m cliffs.
‘The most important fortress in Auvergne’ used to stand here, but it was destroyed by Henry 4th.
Carlat was part of the County of Carladez, ruled by the Prince of Monaco Honoré II Grimaldi up until the Revolution. The rock now belongs to Prince Albert II.
Geologists and botanists began to take an interest in the area in the late-19th-century, and Carlat seems to have become popular with scientists (drawing by P Marty, vegetable paleontology specialist: ficus of the rock of Carlat).
It’s a beautiful, dreamy place for a walk, with the village, the Queen Margot staircase and many stunning views all around.