la couvertoirade
department: aveyron (12)
region: occitanie

Hidden high on the Causse du Larzac on the Larzac plateau, the tiny fortified town of La Couvertoirade was formerly owned by the Knights Templar.

By the late 19th century, the population was barely 350 souls; today it is a popular setting for weavers and other artisans, especially those working in enamel and pottery. 

The village has strongly built houses, very typical of the wider region, many with external stairways leading to the main floor, many dating from the 17th century. Quite simply, it is a delight to explore.

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The towers and a walk along the ramparts are well worthwhile for the splendid view of the village. Keep an eye open for the many doors decorated with a dried plant - the Cardabelle - a kind of thistle resembling a sunflower. 

La Couvertoirade is a living and working village, so you can visit all the year through, but there is a price for parking (3€), which goes towards the upkeep of the village. Please use the official car park.

To visit the village, there are 3 possibilities: 

Access to the ramparts (visit to the House of the Scipione) watch a movie on the History of the village (about 20 minutes), visit of exhibition room and the walk on the ramparts.

Duration: approximately 40 minutes

The guided-tour

A qualified guide will share with you all the secrets of La Couvertoirade, from there a visit to the House of the Scipione ( movie + exhibition+ ramparts) can follow. Perhaps the best way to discover the heritage and history of the site!

Duration: approximately 1h30

For individuals : 3 departures every day in July and August (11am – 3pm - 5pm)


Using an audio-guide equipment allows you to discover the village at your own pace. The access to the ramparts is included in the price. In case of bad weather, when it is not possible to rent an audio-guide, books are available to buy in the tourist office.

Duration: approximately 1h30


3€ ( unlimited duration). This money permits the improvement and the restoration of the site.


It is possible to visit the private castle of La Couvertoirade between June and September (except in bad weather).

Please call the owner: 05 65 58 74 02/04 67 43 95 73

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