Estaing and Espalion
Today you will head to Espalion, a charming Aveyronaise village, which is a stop on the road to Compostelle, the 1000-year-old pilgrimage to Spain. Espalion is situated on the Lot river and boasts an 11th century bridge. You will enjoy a simple homemade lunch followed by some shopping and exploring.
Next, you will visit the tiny but spectacular village of Estaing to visit the Chateau at the center of this historic town which been in the family of the former President of France, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, for 400 years. You can also visit the lovely church directly across from the Chateau.
In the late afternoon, you will make a pit stop at the stunning pottery museum and shop in Le Fel, which specializes in some of the most incredible ceramic art you’ve ever seen.
Tonight, after a short tour of the Ferme Mejanaserre, you will feast on whole pig, duck or whatever they choose to roast over a spit in their gigantic fireplace. They make or grow everything on the menu and they even throw the pottery on which your meal sits. You will get to try the region’s speciality, Aligot, which is mashed potatoes whipped together with local cantal or tomme cheese. This is hyperlocal organic French food at its very finest – down to the digestifs they make in house.