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Conques, a camping trip back in time

Village de Conques et son écrin de verdure
Village de Conques et son écrin de verdure


A small village surrounded by greenery in the Aveyron region of Occitanie, Conques is famous for its abbey church of Sainte-Foy, a listed historic monument. The village remains a must-see, offering a real step back in time thanks to its rich medieval heritage. All you have to do is choose your campsite accommodation to make your stay the perfect holiday.

Campsites around Conques

There's no shortage of campsites in Aveyron to enjoy your holiday and discover the region. In Conques (part of Conques-en-Rouergue), there is just one campsite and others close to the village. Here is a small selection for you:

Le temps d'une pause *** campsite in Conques-en-Rouergue, the commune to which the village of Conques now belongs, has a number of rentals and 60 pitches in all. There's an outdoor swimming pool, a pétanque, volleyball and basketball court for sports enthusiasts, and an artisanal bollard for campervans within the grounds. A grocery shop, bar and restaurant/snack bar are available for your convenience, and barbecues are permitted.

The Port de Lacombe *** campsite is located in Flagnac, 21 km from the village of Conques. It has an outdoor swimming pool with waterslide and around a hundred pitches. You can enjoy barbecues and dance and entertainment evenings during the summer season. There is a handmade bollard inside the site for campervans.

Le Moulin de Chaules *** campsite in Saint-Constant-Fournoulès in the Cantal is 30 km from Conques and has 56 pitches. It has an outdoor swimming pool and entertainment for children. There is a bar and grocery shop, as well as a restaurant/snack bar. Barbecues are permitted, making for a pleasant summer evening.

Conques and its wonders

A jewel in its own green setting and an important stage on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Conques is located not far from the Lot valley, offering a natural heritage as rich as its cultural and historical heritage. In the centre of the village is the abbey church of Sainte-Foy, built between the 11th and 12th centuries. An outstanding example of medieval architectural heritage, it is home to Romanesque art treasures such as the tympanum depicting the Last Judgement, as well as more contemporary works such as the magnificent stained glass windows designed by the artist Soulages. Its reliquary statue is one of the finest and oldest jewels of the Middle Ages.image

View of Conques Abbey
View of Conques Abbey© iStock

The medieval village of Conques is a real place for a stroll. Stroll through the narrow streets with their strong medieval influence, adorned with timber-framed facades and typical local stone roofs. Admire the bread ovens, built outside the ramparts to avoid the risk of fire, two of which were rebuilt during the French Revolution.

Village street
Village street © iStock

All the fountains in Conques are identical and have been preserved since Roman times. Covered by a barrel vault, the water comes from a stone pipe and flows into an underground reservoir. There are three fountains in the village, the Plô fountain, the Barry fountain and the Fumouze fountain, whose water is said to have some exceptional virtues. It's up to you to find them and taste this beverage with magical powers!

A must-see for anyone who loves old stones, the Château d'Humières was built in the 16th century. A discreet structure consisting of a simple main building and a tower, it blends in perfectly with the other pretty residences in the village.

Turret at Château d'Humières
Turret at Château d'Humières© iStock

The chapel of Saint-Roch justifies the ascendancy of the church of Sainte-Foy in the 15th century. Today, however, its main attraction is the magnificent view it affords of the village from its elevated position above the confluence of the Ouche and Dourdou, the two rivers that flow through the village.

Chapel of Saint-Roch
Chapel of Saint-Roch© iStock

The Bancarel site offers exceptional views over the village. To get there, there's a short 40-minute walk from the church square, starting with a path leading down to the Ouche, then a climb through the chestnut grove to the large rock of the Bancarel calvary. From here, you can see the buttresses of the old ramparts on the right, the chapel of Saint-Roch on the left, the terraced vineyards above the village, with the superb church of Sainte-Foy in view, and the dense, magnificent vegetation all around the village. It's a lovely walk you won't want to miss.

 Panoramic view of the village and the church of Sainte-Foy
Panoramic view of the village and the church of Sainte-Foy© iStock



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