Travel to Carcassonne and Aveyron
Day 4 Rivière-sur-Tarn - Château de Peyrelade - Millau - Roquefort - Rivière-sur-Tarn (94 Km.)
(in 4 Km.) Château de Peyrelade: Day´s excursion began with a visit to this castle located in Boyne. The Château de Peyrelade is a ruined castle. The name derives from the Latin "Pétra Lata", which means large rock, a precise description of the site. Thanks to its position to control the entrance of the Gorges du Tarn, is one of the most important castles in the province of Rouergue.
There is no record of him prior to the twelfth century, and was the scene of constant battles and sieges until 1633, when it was dismantled by order of Richelieu. The outer wall was more than 250 meters long, 10 meters high and 2.1 meters thick. The castle overlooks a natural rock over 50 meters high, only accessible through a circular tower.
(in 17 Km.) The Millau Viaduct in Aveyron is the highest bridge in the world. Opened on 14th December 2004 after 36 months of construction, the structure reaches a maximum height of 343 meters above the river Tarn, and a length of 2,460 meters between the Causse du Larzac y the Causse Rouge; has 7 pillars of concrete, and the board has a width of 32 meters. About 3,000 people worked on this project, which cost almost 400 million euros.
The Millau viaduct was formally and structurally designed by the famous french engineer of roads, canals and ports Michel Virlogeux, also creator of the famous Bridge of Normandy.
(in 24 Km.) Roquefort: Roquefort-sur-Soulzon is a village and a commune in France, set in the department of Aveyron in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The town gives its name to the famous Roquefort cheese, produced in nearby caves and main economic engine of the town, both for its production and for its tourist attraction.
Thousands of years ago, part of Cambalou cliff collapsed, forming a network of caves with airflow that cause is renewed constantly, having constant temperature and humidity throughout the year. These caves serving all of refuge for shepherds in the area, they built their homes in nearby areas.
The conditions of the caves are conducive to the spread of the fungus Penicillium roqueforti, responsible for the fermentation of the cheese, so since ancient times has been produced. In the fifteenth century, King Charles VI granted a monopoly for the ripening of the cheese to the people of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon as they had been doing for centuries.
(in 49 Km.) Rivière-sur-Tarn: We come back again to this village.