In the early twentieth century, it was accessible only via bad roads, and the people languished under the remains of the abandoned fortress, built on a steep rock overlooking the village and the valley. In 1974 the French architect Fernand Pouillon bought the ruined castle and undertook a complete expensive restoration, with active cooperation of the villagers and regional institutions, and the castle regained its original appearance. This initiative encouraged the people of Belcastel to restore the rest of the town which, now looks very beautiful, and has received the title of one of the most beautiful villages of France.
I love going to Belcastel, because the place offers different atmospheres in each season. The atmosphere is heavy in winter, so you can imagine how people lived in the Middle Ages. In the summer, going right along the river to discover the Aveyron, there are natural places where you can still see preserved and take part in fishing, hiking or other activities closer to nature, which is all around you. The morning fog adds its effect, it is a mystical place full of its myths.