60 km north of Les Genêts campsite, Saint-Côme-d’Olt is one of 10 villages in Aveyron ranked as being the “most beautiful villages in France”. Nestled in the heart of the Lot Valley, this medieval village is distinguishable by it circular configuration around the 12th century castle and the 16th century church. Located on the route to Santiago de Compostela, Saint-Côme-d’Olt is home to a number of classified monuments to discover and draws particular charm for its ideal location on the edge of Lot. Saint-Côme is just an hour’s drive away from the campsite.
The village of Saint-Côme was developed during the 12th century around the castle of the lords of Calmont d’Olt. Fortified, the circular city was accessible by 3 doors, still present today. The lordly church features architecture typical of the flamboyant Gothic style. It is distinguishable by its twisted bell tower, which is called “flamed”.
On leaving the village, the convent of Malet offers pilgrims travelling along the route to Santiago de Compostela an exceptional setting to enjoy the landmark.
It takes about an hour by car to reach Saint-Côme-d'Olt. From Les Genêts campsite, take the direction of Salles-Curan, Canet-de-Salars and its beautiful church of Saint-Pierre, Ségur and then Laissac. Continue on the D28 towards Palmas and Gabriac until Espalion. The commune contains an interesting heritage (Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, Saint-Michel de Calmont d'Olt church, Chapelle des Pénitents, Perse chapel) that you can take the time to discover on the way there or back. The road between Espalion and Saint-Côme-d'Olt runs along the Lot and offers very beautiful landscapes.