In these mountain ranges of schist and granite, the gorges and valleys have been carved out by glaciers and the Tarn river. The word « raspes » comes from the Occitan « raspar » meaning enclosed, wild, narrow passes, rasped away by erosion…

Villages full of character, such as Brousse-le-Château, listed as one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages.

A medieval village with cobbled streets and a Gothic bridge spanning the Alrance to get to the feudal castle sitting on a rocky spur…

Brousse le château

From water to electricity… The hydroelectric dams provide privileged access to the river: beaches for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating…

Ayssènes set in a hollow in the Raspes, is built on a rocky headland overlooking the Tarn.
Le Truel, comprising of three villages, hamlets and isolated houses, perched at an altitude of 268m on the banks of the Tarn. 
Le Viala-du-Tarn has a wide range of heritage on offer: the Clock Tower, St Etienne’s Chapel, the picturesque village of Le Minier…

The steep sides of the gorges offer exceptional panoramas over Mother Nature, to be enjoyed from either atop a panoramic belvedere, from a viewpoint indicator table, from perched villages… or from a little tourist train.

Saint Rome de Tarn, with buildings dating back to the 11th century.
Saint Beauzély, located in the Grands Causses Natural Regional Park, has always been the country of stonemasons.
Castelnau Pégayrols, a village of pink sandstone built as a fortress around its castle.
Montjaux, a medieval village with its viewpoint indicator table affording magnificent views over Southern Aveyron and the Millau Viaduct. 
Saint Victor and Melvieu, two vilages boasting rich architectural heritage, such as St Victor’s Church with its fresco by the very famous Nicolaï Greschny... or the pink sandstone houses and bread oven in Melvieu. 
Broquiès, a floral village with an ancient fortified gate and a Gothic style 17th century church.
Les Costes-Gozon and its renovated chapel and viewpoint indicator table providing wonderful views.

All over this area you can find dolmens, standing stones, Visigoth tombs and above all the mysterious standing stone statues which continue to heighten curiosity today, be it in terms of beliefs, legends or historical and scientific explanations.

Raspes du Tarn et Vallée de la Muse