Photos of southwestern France
Abbey castle Camon
Perhaps we should talk about castle. The abbey chateau of Camon that we see today dates from the 16th century. Historically, we find the first traces of it in the 10th century. It was a Benedictine abbey. The size of the abbey contrasts with the village. It is situated on the heights and expresses the power of the lords of the place and the strength of the Church at that time. Today a luxury hotel has replaced the monks. Nevertheless, visits are possible. For this you have to contact the tourist office.
Visit the old village of Camon
Camon is a small vllage classified among the most beautiful villages of France. It is located in the department of Ariège at just over an hour from Toulouse and 8km from Mirepoix. The village is at the foot of the Pyrenean Piedmont on the banks of the Herf-Vif. It is a superb medieval fortified village that has kept all its architectural richness. The traces of its past are visible everywhere, especially with its medieval castle abbey (transformed into a hotel today). Camon is also characterized by climbing roses planted in front of each dwelling. To enjoy, you must visit the village in May when the roses are in bloom. Camon then offers a fairy-like face.
Roses of Camon
Beyond the architectural richness of Camon inherited from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Camon is known for its superb rose bushes planted throughout the village. A festival of colors in the middle and at the end of spring. Some cover whole walls of houses. Animations take place in the village at this time of year.
You will have understood to take advantage of this beautiful village, you must come in May. In summer you will mostly meet the tourists and in winter the places are deserted. A good way, moreover, to discover the villages of France at the height of the year.
Image of an old street of Camon
I invite you to walk in the heart of the village of Camon. You will discover small narrow streets with houses made of stones. Some are half-timbered, but do not constitute the majority of dwellings. The village is lovely to wish. It is surrounded by a fortified enclosure of which we now see the medieval gate. We can imagine the wealth of places in the Middle Ages. (© Photos by E. Buchot)
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