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Peyreleau, "Little City of Character

At the gateway to the Gorges du Tarn

At the confluence of the Tarn and Jonte gorges, on the border between Aveyron and Lozère, this village, set between stone and water, reveals its treasures!

Discover the treasures of Peyreleau

On the road to the Gorges de la Jonte, there’s only one bridge to cross to make sure you don’t miss this gem of the Grands Causses. It’s one of those small Aveyron villages where you can only get around on foot… like an obligation to take your time.

The paradox with Peyreleau is that even located at the bottom of the valley, the village still seems to dominate the surrounding landscape. All its charm lies in this geographical location and the interweaving of its narrow streets: passageways under porches, calades, terraces and flower-filled doorsteps, so many charming features on your route and emblematic buildings such as the Tour Carrée, the Château du Triadou, the Templar Barn, the bread oven.

Le panorama des 3 Causses

At Peyreleau, you can’t help but climb, irresistibly drawn to the village’s highest point. There, at the foot of the Tour Carré, built on the remains of the former feudal castle, you finally embrace this incredible panorama over the ledges of the 3 causses (causses Noir, Méjean and Sauveterre), the confluence and the village Le Rozier.

One of the most beautiful photos of the village of Peyreleau is taken on the way back from Meyrueis on the road to the Jonte Gorges!


From 1935 to 1939, Emma Calvé, our famous Aveyron singer, stayed in the dwelling you’ll discover on your tour.

Crapahuter sur les sentiers

Many hiking or trail trails start from the village, including the Ermitage Saint-Michel hike. The route takes you over the ledges of the Causse Noir to admire the Gorges de la Jonte. Fellow trailers, train for the mythical Festival des Templiers race by taking the 3 circuits that pass through Peyreleau.


La légende de l’Ogre de Malbouche

On the edge of the Causse Noir, in the Malbouche ravine, lived Jean Grin. Retired from the village because he couldn’t pay his taxes, and the author of incivilities, he was said to be half-man, half-beast, from living in the wild… Accused of attacking children and roasting them in his oven before eating them, this character still haunts the memories of the caussenards. But was he real? Was he the devil? Thus was born the legend of the man known as l’Ogre de Malbouche.

Good to know:

La route des seigneurs du Rouergue features 18 castles in Ayeyron for the whole family to discover.

Good to know:

Hike up to the castle from Rivière sur Tarn following Monsieur Clapassou’s circuits. Depart from the Tourist Office parking lot.

Focus on...Ruins on the verge of oblivion!

Many of the castle’s stones were used to build houses in the villages below. In 1977, the commune of Rivière-sur-Tarn took up the incredible challenge of reviving these ruins, overgrown with brambles and vegetation. Clean-up, excavation and restoration projects have followed one another for over 30 years, led by volunteers and enthusiasts with the support of the public authorities. These programs continue today, little by little, stone by stone!