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You have to visit the fairy-tale village of Conques!

PUBLISHED: 09:45 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:07 09 August 2017

The village of Conques in Aveyron (c) Thinkstock

The village of Conques in Aveyron (c) Thinkstock


Overlooking a gorge in Aveyron, the medieval village of Conques has to be seen to be believed...

Hidden streets

Go off the beaten track and you’ll find lots of cute cobbled streets lined with charming village houses.

The amazing abbey

L’Abbaye St Foy was founded in 819AD and is still the central point of Conques. Many pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago stay in the abbey’s monastery.

Where the locals live

There are 90 residents living in Conques, many in these lovely half-timbered houses.

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Make sure you see Conques from afar

Nestled in a slope above the River Dourdou, Conques is cocooned by forest and a lush green valley below which makes for a stunning views from afar.

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Picture perfect

With colourful flowers blooming from every nook and cranny, even the doorways in Conques are every Instagrammer’s dream.

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Fairy-tale setting

Rumour has it that Conques was the inspiration for Disney’s new adaption of Beauty and the Beast, which isn’t really surprising. It looks too good to be true!

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Even the cats approve

No French village would be complete without a cute kitty!

Craft shops

Conques has always had a strong crafting tradition and you will find lots of shops selling lovely handmade items.

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Warm welcome

With such friendly locals, you’ll always find someone to show you around the village, like Father Jean-Daniel.

Go slow

What’s the rush? In Conques, people like to take it easy so stop and sit and admire the view.

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Stay the night

Stop and smell the roses at Alice and Charles’s chambres d’hôte or better still, book yourself in and stay the night!

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Local food

Even the ice cream stall looks like it is from a bygone time.

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Camino de Santiago

The village welcomes over 30,000 pilgrims a year and the Camino de Santiago is a big part of Conques’s identity.

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Conques is timeless

Sometimes it seems like you have travelled back hundreds of years ago!

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Take in the view

Every way you look, there is a different view of the gorges to take in

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We want to live here!

Villagers’ homes look like something out of a fairy tale!

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