Aveyron will surprise you due to the vastness of the plateaus of Aubrac, the rocky outcrops of the Causse de Larzac and even the wonderful landscapes of the Lot valley, and the Tarn and the Aveyron gorges, dotted with charming villages.
Aveyron is the French département which has the most villages listed "plus beaux villages de France" (most beautiful villages of France).
The Le Château Ricard tourist complex is located in the town of Saint-Geniez-d'Olt, opposite the listed village of Saint-Eulalie, in the heart of the Lot valley, near to Aubrac. Saint-Geniez d'Olt is a very pretty medieval site with old houses with large stone and pebble façades. All year round there, you will find the shops and services, including a cinema, concerts and the famous night markets held in the square of Les Augustins, where you can eat local produce at tables in the streets of the town.
Sports and leisure activities: In July-August, the municipality offers a daily programme of events sometimes with a token involvement (mountain bike outings, kayaking, sheep milking, fishing, guided visits of Saint-Geniez and Sainte-Eulalie). The town is equipped with numerous sporting infrastructures such as quad biking and a water sports centre (canoe-kayak), a horse-riding centre (ponies, horses, rides), a municipal pool, an "Aventure Park" and organised mountain biking excursions.
The Castelnau lake, 3km from Saint-Geniez, is a renowned 218 ha fishing site (rental of boats), equipped with a cycle path around its perimeter (32 km).