By Nicolas Gastal
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Although only a few traces of its exceptional citadel now remain at the top of the Rocher de Carlat, the CABA and the Tourist Office have developed a product that promises a journey through time.
The history of the Rock
The Rock of Carlat once held an immense fortress. Up there, lived men and women who marked the history of France such as Jacques d’Armagnac or Marguerite de Valois, commonly called “Queen Margot”, sister of kings and first wife ofHenry IV who ordered the demolition of the fortress. Today, the site is the property of the Princes of Monaco. With their agreement, the Agglomeration Community of the Bassin d’Aurillac and the Tourist Office invite visitors on a trip to the Middle Ages thanks to an innovative tourist product.
Entering the citadel and letting yourself be carried away in time: this is the unique experience to be had on the Rocher de Carlat. Thanks to augmented reality headsetsscreens and their smartphone, everyone can wander around the buildings reconstructed in 3D as they existed in the 15th century: palace, church, commandery, mill, stables, pond…
The “Rocher de Carlat” application, downloadable from home, already gives some insights. On the physical site, it is possible to opt for the free visit and search for traces of the past or take part in the guided tour which reveals the life of the inhabitants and the protagonists of a history rich in twists and turns!
The history of the site and the Carladès…
Finally, the Rocher de Carlat is a magnificent mineral plateau, born of a basaltic flow nearly 5 million years ago. At the foot of the volcano, this 2-hectare promontory offers a 360° panorama of the Monts du Cantal on the borders of Aveyron.
Opening hours and days
Until August 28, 2022: Wednesday to Sunday (exceptional opening on Tuesday August 16), in the afternoon. Free visit from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m. Guided tours at 2.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. (reservation recommended).
Adult and child over 16: €8 (1)/ €6 (2). Child between 6 and 16 years old (free – under 6 years old): €4(1) / €3(2). Family pass (2 adults + 2 children): €20(1)/€15(2).
1: guided tour with shared helmet (by reservation). 2: self-guided visit with the “Rocher de Carlat” smartphone or tablet app.
Groups (guided tour, 15 participants maximum): adults and children over 12: €6 / person. Schools and leisure centres: €3/child.
Provide shoes suitable for walking. 04 71 43 65 08 or onrocherdecarlat.fr. Information and group reservations: Pays d’Aurillac Tourist Office, 7 rue des Carmes, 15000 AURILLAC. 04 71 43 65 08.
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