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  • Most Beautiful French Villages on the Camino - AUVILLAR

    Most Beautiful French Villages on the Camino - AUVILLAR image

    The village of Auvillar, is also officially recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France. A hilltop village, largely built of local red brick, Auvillar enjoys an imposing view over the Garonne Valley. Auvillar is revealed through one of the three gateways that cuts through its fortifications and leads to the square where a circular corn exchange can be admired - the only one of its kind in Southwest France.

    It is known that Auvillar was the site of an ancient community and was possibly rebuilt in Roman times. Auvillar has always been a magnet for artists and creatives walking the Camino. During the 12th century, Macabrun, a poet, and a musician, was born and lived in Auvillar. Later a number of Occitan poets lived there. More recently, the elaborately decorated ceramics of Auvillar were another important part of a long tradition.  A remarkable collection of ceramics made in Auvillar during the 18th and 19th centuries is to be found in the Auvillar Museum of Art. Today, Auvillar is still a very attractive village for artists looking for inspiration. Painters like to spend awhile quietly appreciating the calm and serenity of the village.

    The people of Auvillar ('Auvillarais') are well known for their hospitality. They like to welcome tourists and any visitors

    THE CHAPEL OF SAINT CATHERINE AT LE PORT

    The mariners were also religious people, having their own church or chapel in almost every harbour. Almost all of these were dedicated to Saint Catherine who was regarded as the patron saint of the river people, as well as philosophers. In Le Port, you can still find the chapel of Saint Catherine, although unfortunately it is in a state of disrepair.



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