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“Well worth a detour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Couvertoirade

La Couvertoirade
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Millau
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Montreal, Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Well worth a detour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

On our way to Millau from Pézenas we stopped in this well preserved, fortified medieval town built by the Order of the Temple(Knights Templar) in the twelfth century. Following their dissolution in 1312, the Templars' property in the Causses was taken by the Knights of St John of Jerusalem.

Visited September 2012
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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“Tourist trap”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stopped here as we were passing by having visited Cirque de Navacelles. This is a small fortified village and it was interesting to wander the streets. It was certainly worth a stop although I wouldn't have wanted to have travelled any distance.

Visited September 2012
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Special Place!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

I have visited this place twice now and both times I have been taken back in time, to the time of the Knights Templars. The village has retained much of its originality and a visit up onto the village wall is highly recommended. I love it here and hope to return again one day! Enjoy a meal in the small cafe outside the wall and then venture into history. I would also recommend that you pick up an audio guide and take your time strolling around the village.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Pretty amazing!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

This walled city of the Knights Templar and Hospitaller dates from the 12th century, and is a must-see if you are in the Millau region. It's compact and can be explored in a couple of hours at most, and has a lot of cafes and restaurants to refuel at during your visit. Lots of lovely little craft shops sell some good stuff, so if you in the mood for present shopping it's a good place to start. Be warned that foreign credit cards might take a while to go through or not work at all, so bring cash if you can.
Parking area is huge. If its a hot day and you get there early-ish, don't just park on the first place you see; keep driving further in and you might find a shaded place to park. The parking costs €3, and the machine for dispensing tickets is on your way into the village itself. Buy the ticket after you park, as you don't need it until you leave (it opens the barrier to let you out). The village is to the right of the car park. Look for the windmill on the hill and the village is in front of that.
The tourist office is inside near the main gate on the wall. You can get an English map for 1€ deposit which is returned once you return the map. You can also access the ramparts from the tourist office, for an additional 3€, and I would really recommend that for stunning views down into the walled town. The castle wasn't open when I was there, but it looks like it would be fantastic to visit. The church is about the coolest place in there to sit and rest for a bit.
There are toilets marked on the map, and they were pretty clean. There are also toilets just outside the main gate in the wall, but they smelled fairly ripe when I walked past...
I would really recommend a visit here, as it's a stunning site in the middle of nowhere. Bring sunscreen and drink lots of water!

Visited August 2012
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2012

La Couvertoirade is tucked away, off the moterway, but do stop and visit for an hour or so. You can walk around and see the old village and church and there are a few shops and cafes around if you would like to stop. A pleasant detour on our way to see the Tarn Gorges.

Visited August 2012
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