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Rieupeyroux - a medieval "new town"

The attractive town of Rieupeyroux, in the Aveyron department, is a typical example of a "bastide". These mediaeval "new towns" were built to a careful orthogonal layout: a grid pattern of straight streets around a central square. The word "new town", however, doesn't really seem to fit Rieupeyroux, at least, not in the modern sense of the name. This lovely old town oozes mediaeval ambience from every stone. Its picturesque setting, in seemingly untouched countryside, makes it an idyllic holiday location for lovers of outdoor activities and nature.

Well equipped and bustling

Rieupeyroux has a population of just over 2,000 permanent residents. It's a small but bustling town, well equipped with shops, services and amenities. In town you can find all the usual French suspects, that is, boulangeries, a chocolaterie, banks, hairdressers, a supermarket and many more. Should you be considering a move to Rieupeyroux for a whole new life in France, it's good to know the town also offers medical services and schools.

Sunday is market day

Sundays see a seasonal market take place in the town, so grab your basket and head off to grab the freshest and best of the local produce for which this region is famed.

Explore Rieupeyroux's heritage

If you're interested in heritage, this town has plenty to offer. The many medieval buildings are delightful, and the Church of Saint Martial, from the 13th century, is well worth a visit.

Enjoy the great outdoors

Fans of the great outdoors will find more than enough to keep them happy in Rieupeyroux. The walking is glorious, but you can also explore the area on horseback or by bicycle. Golfers can find a super course at Rodez, while other sports on offer include tennis, swimming, fishing and kayaking. There's a small leisure lake just outside the town.

Discover beautiful villages and the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec - Albi

If you're on holiday in Rieupeyroux and looking for ideas for days out, you'll find lots of choice. The main city of Rodez has plenty to offer, with a stunning Gothic cathedral as the shining star of its rich heritage. Several of France's "most beautiful villages" are nearby too. Discover the chocolate box prettiness of Belcastel, the perched village of Najac and medieval Conques. Fans of Toulouse Lautrec can take time out to visit his birth town of Albi, where the sights include the episcopal city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

How to get there

Rodez airport is some 45 kilometres away from Rieupeyroux, so getting to the area by air is simple. Toulouse airport is further away but has more choice of flights. Train travellers can alight at Baraqueville, while the nearest TGV station is at Montauban. You will, however, need a car to make the most of a stay in Rieupeyroux. The town lies on the D905, with the N88 being the nearest major road.

Property prices and availability in and around Rieupeyroux

With property prices starting at a minimal 29,000 Euros, this area really does offer some great opportunities. Of course, should your budget stretch a little further, there are other possibilities for you. The countryside around the town is a rich source of country style houses, with some real beauties currently on the market.

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Rieupeyroux AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Rieupeyroux?

Rieupeyroux lies in the central south of France. It's located in the west of the Aveyron department.

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Population: 2,078

Access: By air: Fly to Rodez or Toulouse with direct flights from the UK. By rail: The nearest railway station is at Baraqueville, 17 km away. By road: The town is found on the D905.

Economy: The economy includes commerce and agriculture. Rieupeyroux is noted for its potatoes and also for its timber and carpentry.

Interesting fact: The town was developed around its Benedictine monastery in the 11th century.

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