Ranked as “one of most beautiful villages in France”, the town of Conques is home to rich architectural treasure. Be sure to visit an important step along the route to Santiago de Compostela - the home to an extraordinary abbey, a preserved jewel of Romanesque art. Located less than 80 km northwest of Les Genêts campsite, the town of Conques is definitely worth a visit. Its wonders are also accessible by car. It takes around 1 hour 20 minutes going through Rodez.
Jewel of the Lot Valley, Conques is an ancient medieval village which has preserved its half-timbered houses, its cobbled streets, its doors and a part of its ramparts. At the heart of this preserved heritage, the Sainte-Foy abbey is a masterpiece of Romanesque art. The Sainte-Foy abbey is nowadays famous for several artistic and architectural treasures: its tympanum of the last judgment and its 124 finely carved people, its 250 marquees and even its windows designed by contemporary artist Pierre Soulages.
Conques-en-Rouergue is relatively close to the campsite club Les Genêts as the crow flies (76 km), but the use of several departmental roads and the passage through Rodez explain why it takes you 1h30 to get there. From Salles-Curan, take the D933 north. You will first cross Canet-de-Salars. Take the time to visit its church Saint-Pierre, "la cathédrale du Lévézou", and admire on the way the lake of Pareloup on your left. In Pont-de-Salars, take the D911 to Rodez. Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Episcopal Palace and the Sacré-Cœur Church are the three essential monuments of the Ruthenian city. From Rodez, then take the D840 to Valady. Turn right to reach Marcillac-Vallonet, then continue on the D901 to Conques.