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The Valley of Breaths...

Stroll and contemplate... more slowly to take a real break

5 easy walks for “slow tourism” walkers, in the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses. Backdrop: the Tarn valley. The reward: to breathe, recharge your batteries and clear your head…

Here we don't visit...we contemplate.

The concept: 5 platforms imagined by artist Bruno Mercet and the Parc Naturel
Régional des Grands Causses, are based on the shape of a yoga mat and a Zafu cushion, different for each platform.

The Zafu Kesako…. ? It’s a cushion specially designed to make meditation as comfortable as possible and allow you to let go….

The Vallée des Respirs conceals 5 unique spots, inviting you to sit back and contemplate the landscapes: a little nature interlude to relax and breathe at the vallée fleurie in La Cresse, vallée urbaine in Creissels, vallée pelée in Auriac, vallée noyée in Le Viala du Tarn, vallée enchantée in Trebas…

Be sure to follow the “follow the path” indications on the little booklet published by the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses to access the platforms.

The flower valley at La Cresse

To find the contemplation platform, created by Philippe Tellier, I head towards Sonnac , park the car in the widened bend on the right and follow the booklet’s directions so as not to get lost… The more athletic can head there after a nice Trail run to breathe a little.

In search of positive vibes after a busy week during which I finished my bottle of Niaouli… the yoga mat and its cherry wood zafu invite me to simply sit down for a zen moment all to myself!

The environment is tranquil and magical at the same time, inviting me to slow my pace, open my eyes wide to soak up the atmosphere and thus take the time to refocus on what’s essential.

I gently escape… “I pause” and breathe in the pure Aveyron air, listen to the birds and nature, contemplate and recharge my batteries…the view is mine!

The valley’s cherry trees are in full bloom in spring…and the view from the platform is all the sweeter for it. Before you climb up, bring a small basket of cherries to enjoy as a matter of course.

A view of the Viaduct

A view of the Millau Viaduct just for me…

To reach the aire d’envol de Brunas…2 possibilities:

  • By the road from Cap de Costes to Creissels ( beware of curves and forbidden to camping cars).
  • By the D809 road , turn right, arriving on the Larzac plateau.

I park my car in the parking lot next to the dry toilets.

I stay on the GR markings on my right towards the antennas and follow the path straight on for 400m . I leave the path on the left to continue straight ahead. At the iron post with a yellow marker , I turn left and look for the platform behind the row of box trees….

The zafu made by potter Philippe Cochard, in glazed terracotta, is just waiting for me for the contemplative pause. Les Terres cuites de Raujolles and the historic Gallo-Roman sigillated pottery of la Graufesenque are on either side of the Tarn.

What a privilege to have this grandiose panorama all to yourself! Leave your cell phone in your pocket, look, contemplate and enjoy the moment: the panoramic view all the way to the Lévezou plateau is yours!

The viaduct is there … majestic with its 2460 meters long and 343 meters high…!

No noise, it’s peaceful. I feel a real connection with the environment while being lulled by the paragliders twirling through the air: top for dreaming a little!

Want more... ? Go paragliding over the Millau Viaduct.

Paragliding is a fabulous activity accessible to all, offering great sensations in this grandiose natural setting…get closer to one of the service providers and take your first flight in bi place to complete the experience.

Take advantage of spring and early summer, to discover the causses in bloom: orchids, thistles and fields of golden angel hair…. The Grands Causses are also a giant theater of light and shadows….Your turn to play!

...Taste the red gold of the Tarn Valley

Cherries are the emblematic fruit of the Tarn valley. Several hundred tons are produced every year, much to the delight of our palates. Such is this production that a boutique – éco-musée, la Maison de la Cerise , has opened in Paulhe just a few kilometers away.

Les cerises de la vallée du Tarn
Les cerises de la vallée du Tarn
Les cerises de la vallée du Tarn

Along the Tarn

…We’re changing landscapes, heading for the Raspes du Tarn.


I invite you to follow me as we continue our contemplation of the Valley of Breaths…it’s this way!

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