Located some 7 kilometres downstream from Millau, this village was literally cut from the local
rock. It is remarkable in many ways, especially its volcanic tufa houses, stone alleyways and the
Romanesque troglodyte church, which was fortified in the 17th century.
It is a most unusual site, sculpted right into the cliffs in places and offering exceptional views of the Millau Viaduct as well, without the crowds you get near Millau.
The gigantic crater of Navacelles was hewn out of the rock when the plateau caved in. Viewed from above, this is one of the most impressive sights you’ll ever see.
It's about an hour and a half from Meyrueis but it's an unforgettable drive and the spectacle is arguably one of the top ten in Europe.
Overhanging the small village of Navacelles and close to Saint Maurice de Navacelles, the Cirque de Navacelles is a geological spectacle, a sightseeing wonder unique in Europe.
At the bottom of the canyon, 300 meters lower than the Causse (plateau), the village nestles on rocks surrounded by a loop of cultivated fields encircled by steep limestone slopes, forming a huge natural amphitheatre.
There are a few menhirs (standing stones from ancient times) in the area and you can get maps that identify the sites for you. Don't get too excited because they aren't as good as other sites in France but, if you're still interested like me, there are some around.
Both these were shot on the high plateaus of the Causses, the second one near a village called Revez.
This is indeed just a small hamlet up the road on the other side of the river to Chateau Roquedols. It also has a small chateau, an interesting and historic bridge, clearly from the 14th century or earlier and a couple more photo opportunities that I took advantage of one morning.
The road up is one lane with few passing places but there's very little traffic also. You won't find the village listed on many maps either.
I'd read somewhere that this place was worth a look and was a restored mediaeval town. I was still surprised at how clean and pretty it was and how good the views were adjacent to the tower.
It's only problem is that it's about 2km off the main road (so called) at Le Rozier up the Jonte so most people miss it but, take my advice and take some time out to have a look.
It dates from the 12th century and the old convent has been converted into accommodation I believe and the restaurant has had some good reviews.