To understand the history of these magnificent gorges of the Truyère, it is necessary to go back to their source. A tributary of the Lot, the Truyère is a 167 km long river which crosses three departments: Cantal, Lozère and Aveyron. The rising waters and the configuration of the valleys have favoured the birth of astonishing natural formations. Sometimes nicknamed the Valat des Trois-Sœurs, the Truyère originates in the Margeride mountains before flowing into deep gorges.
Seen from the sky, the Truyère meandering through the green valleys is a spectacle of beauty. It is possible to contemplate the meanders and circuses from the castles overlooking the such as the castle of Valon (Lacroix-Barrez) and the castle of Alleuze. The commune of Entraygues-sur-Truyère, in the Aveyron, also has [bold color="colour1"]a superb medieval castle built at the end of the 13th century. If you wish to make tourism in Auvergne, these castles are among the places of interest not to be missed.
The gorges of the Truyère are known for their beauty, their castles but also for the numerous dams built to channel the rising waters. The most elegant is undoubtedly the Garabit Viaduct, the work of Gustave Eiffel, which was put into service in 1888 to allow trains to cross the river. The Grandval and Sarrans dams are for many the most impressive. As you follow the course of the Truyère, you will see other hydroelectric dams (Lanau dam, Couesques dam) which are worth a diversion during your stay at the Le Belvédère campsite. Another emblematic site to see is the famous Treboul bridge.
You have relaxed in our riverside campsite, you have just visited Saint-Flour and now you want to make your dream of a sporting holiday come true? Apart from swimming, the Truyère gorges are an ideal setting for hiking (GR Pays de Saint-Flour and Ruynes-en-Margeride circuit) with the countless walking and hiking or mountain bike trails in the Aubrac Regional Nature Park, white water sports (canoeing, kayaking, canyoning) allowing you to discover from a new angle some of the most beautiful villages and hamlets in the region, fishing, via-ferrata on the many cliffs in the valley and cycling. You and your family can try paddle, dragon-boat or catamaran sailing on Lake Garabit, which has a nautical base. Contact the tourist office for more information.
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