Things to do

Blanc lies between two protected regional parks, the Grands Causses and Haut Languedoc, which include some of France's most beautiful and unspoilt countryside, so naturally the area is ideal for walking. Several signed walks around the valley, lasting anything from 45 minutes to six hours, start right outside the door of the village.

The region is well known for its wide range of outdoor activities. Horse and donkey trekking is also available locally. For water lovers, streams and rivers abound, the stunning Aveyron and Tarn gorges are close by, there's an outdoor swimming pond down the road, and the Mediterranean's just 80km away.

There's no lack of culture to explore either. The historic bastides and chateaux of the Rouergue, the walled cities of the Templars and Knights of St John, and the magnificent Cistercian abbey of Sylvanes (with its annual summer festival of sacred music) are good places to start, sustained by the local cheeses of Roquefort, charcuterie of Lacaune and vinyards of Faugères.

For the full range of options, just take a look at the websites for the Aveyron, Tarn and Herault.

There are also occasional activities in and around Blanc, particularly during the summer. You'll find further details (in French) here.