Photos of southwestern France
Old stone street in the village of Najac
The village of Najac is somewhat different from other villages in the south west. First, its location. It is located along a crest that dominates the Aveyron, built all along with the superb fortified castle and its perfectly intact keep. It is mainly composed of stone houses, the most beautiful and monumental of which are along the main street. They are the witness of the past wealth of the village. They look great for the size of Najac. Nevertheless, you will see some half-timbered houses, or half-timbered houses. They are often more modest in size than other houses.
In the limtrophous departments, particularly the Tarn, you will discover smaller villages and mainly consisting of half-timbered houses. Stone is not as present as Najac.
Landscape of the Aveyron
During your walk along the village of Najac, you will discover beautiful landscapes on the surrounding countryside. The places are wooded and the roofs of the old houses of the village give beautiful images. We can imagine the same scene in the winter with the smoke from the chimneys that emerges in nature. But make no mistake: life in a village, especially in winter is difficult for a contemporary: few tourists, and very quiet streets; Virtually no shops. In short, we are far from the consumer society.
I suggest you to visit the bastides and the old villages of the south west. This region of France is rich in history. The villages are magnificent and unique. Each one testifies to the life of the inhabitants in our countryside and the roughness of the living conditions.
Najac a superb medieval village
Among the beautiful villages of France, a ranking could be made. Najac would undoubtedly occupy the top of the list. Some villages, to have this lebl and therefore the tourists who go with, maintain perfectly their houses, their streets. But all this in some cases returns to make a museum village, soulless. I think for example of Gerberoy. We do not encounter haters. There are only restaurants, modern cafes and bed and breakfasts.
On the other hand, the medieval village of Najac appears totally different. It is inhabited and one perceives an atmosphere and a soul. Nothing is artificial. The traces of the past are visible and the historical monuments like the medieval castle are very well preserved without falling into the museum side. In short, you will understand, Najac is to visit.
Overview of the beautiful medieval village
The village of Najac is connected, among others, in the name of a family until the 12th century. William of Najac was then the lord of the place. Today, when you visit the old village you see stunning houses made of stones. There are very few half-timbered houses. Cella gives the impression of a village quite rustic and authentic. Very few people live on the site. It is true that in winter, life may seem difficult. You will discover many other villages in the south west of France. The Aveyron, the Ariège and the Tarn have some superb little villages. I think of Cordes sur Ciel near Najc which is also built on a hill. Bon voyage in the south west. (© Photos by E. Buchot)
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