Najac, one of the 147 officially designated 'Beaux Villages de France', is a bastide village situated in the department of Aveyron, in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The department gets its name from the river which winds its way round the village and is famous for its magnificent gorges.
The village is stretched along a ridge at the foot of the majestic 13th century Chateau de Najac built by Alphonse de Poitiers.
Chateau du Pic is a ten minute walk from the village which contains a Post Office, a small épicerie, an excellent boulangerie, a pizzéria, a couple of restaurants (including the highly regarded L'Oustal del Barry) and a handful of cafés. The village also has public tennis courts. In the summer months it has a lively weekly night market, giving guests an ideal opportunity to sample the delicious local delicacies in the beautiful setting of the medieval square.
There is an Intermarche supermarket in La Fouillade, five minutes drive away.
The area is rich in history and outdoor activities including riding ten minutes away and outdoor sports at the Base de Pleine Aire in the village which offers a number of activities such as canoing, rafting, accrobranche and caving.
Najac really is in the heart of rural France, what the French call 'La France Profonde': tranquil, quiet and extraordinarily beautiful. The area around the village is criss-crossed with lovely walks and teeming with wildlife including deer, wild boar, beavers in the river and many different species of birds.