Spanish Speaking Sheepdogs

La Couvertoirade

La Couvertoirade

Route to La Couvertoirade

Route to La Couvertoirade

On Saturday we drove 159 miles across the border and up the A75 to an aire at the fortified medieval village of La Couvertoirade. It is a good spacious aire (N 43.910998 E 3.313492) which is €3 per night.

Walled Town

Walled Town

This is the view of La Couvertoirade from the aire.

By the Aire

By the Aire

Ruined Arch by the aire.

Mavis in the Aire

Mavis in the Aire

Templars Castle

Templars Castle

The Knights Templars settled here in about 1200 and built a fortress on the solid rock here; on the Larzac plateau of the Aveyron. The village is unusual in that it is the only village in Europe, apparently, without a Spring. All the roofs, gutters and gently sloping streets were designed to funnel rainwater into the ‘Conque’ a large natural subterranean rock pool behind the church.

View from the Ramparts

View from the Ramparts

The narrow streets are now packed with shops selling local foods and other temptations for the tourist, and a good sprinkling of restaurants and cafes.

Ramparts

Ramparts

It is worth taking the tour of the ramparts (€3) for the view of the roof tops and an excellent short film about the history of the village. Spinning wool was a major occupation here for many centuries and the shepherds, each with several dogs, would teach each of them in a different language. So French speaking Fido would move left on the command ‘A gauche!’ but English and Spanish speaking Ted and Miguel would ignore the command. Any commands where all dogs had to respond were done with whistle language. Clever.

Church

Church

The Church

The Church

Inside the Church

Inside the Church

Oak Gallery in Church

Oak Gallery in Church

Cemetery with Templars Cross on Headstone

Cemetery with Templars Cross on Headstone

Water Hole

Water Hole

In times of conflict the village doors were barred but passing travellers, once identified as friendly through the larger hole, were given water which was poured through the smaller hole for them. You’d have to be ready with a cup or dish or it would just end up on your head.

Glass Sculpture

Glass Sculpture

There is a modern glass sculpture by the church.

This way to the Windmill

This way to the Windmill

Moulin

Moulin

Push Here

Push Here

There is a windmill overlooking the village. You have to push on the long tiller poking out the back to move the sails to face the wind.

So it is a great overnight stop, plenty to see and plenty of wild ground to walk the dogs. We will move a bit further up the road on Sunday.

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7 comments on “Spanish Speaking Sheepdogs
  1. Lydz says:

    I like the look of this aire 🙂 will be adding to my list of places to visit! Thanks for a great read

    • Yes…it was our first time there and its a good ‘un. We’re at an old favourite tonight…Nonancourt. We’re hoping to get a table at a restaurant here called Le Grande Cerf for tonight…last meal of the trip.
      Hope you have been practising your French for the Paris visit…….

  2. suzzeta says:

    going through your website is like traveling in itself 🙂

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