If you want to experience a real slice of medieval French countryside, then Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is the place to go. Known for its beautiful stone buildings, narrow streets and pretty market, it’s a place that you can easily lose yourself in, especially if you book a holiday cottage in the area to help you explore more.
You’ll also love exploring the many small picturesque canals that run through the village. These were dug by tanneries in the medieval times and are an interesting way to learn more about Saint-Antonin Noble Val.
There are also a few lovely little houses along the river that will be perfect for a photo shoot!
Don’t miss the beautiful bridge that reflects into the Aveyron. It has been featured in films like Charlotte Grey and The Hundred Foot Journey so if you can, make sure you snap a few photos from both sides!
The town is renowned for its delicious duck so don’t miss trying duck confit, magret de canard or even stuffed duck neck. You can even find a few art galleries in the village featuring work by local artists.
Another must-visit is the hilltop town of Cordes sur Ciel. This gorgeous little town is just a 30-minute drive from St-Antonin-Noble-Val, and it’s worth taking time to wander around and check out the tiny shops. It’s also an excellent spot for taking some gorgeous photos of the surrounding valley and if you can, you could always visit the Rignault Museum which is housed in one of the village’s historic buildings.
In the centre of town, there is a tiny little square with a number of restaurants and cafes. It’s a lovely place to sit and enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine in the sunshine.
If you’re looking to do a little shopping, then don’t miss the Sunday market. It’s a great place to stock up on fresh produce, local handicrafts and cheese.
There is also an excellent selection of artisanal food shops in the centre of town to browse. You’ll find everything from homemade granola to olive oil and cheese to honey.
It’s a great idea to bring some picnic food for a day of rambling around the village and visiting the many tiny cafes and restaurants. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of French wine and a couple of cheeses!
You can also take a walk to the nearby church of Notre Dame de L’Assomption which has some fascinating carvings. The sculptures of the angel and Christ are quite spectacular, so don’t be afraid to take a closer look!
The Musée des Abonnés de Jésus is also well worth a visit, as is the chapel at the top of the tower. You can even take a stroll to the clifftop for some spectacular views over the river and the village below.
When you’re ready to head home, there are some fantastic short-term rentals in the area. We particularly recommend « Beautiful Chalet With Private Pool And Outdoor Terraces » and “Tranquil Studio With Private Pool ». The former is a gorgeous property that’s just a short walk from the heart of Saint-Antonin Noble Val, while the latter offers all you need to relax with your family and friends.