Historic site and monument
in Esplantas-Vazeilles

Château d'Esplantas

Former stronghold of the Mercœur, consisting of a circular keep from 1252 and a main building, remodeled in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, this medieval castle controls the road to Santiago de Compostela which crosses the Margeride.
Occupying a very strong position, at the top of a granite hill overlooking the basin of the Seuge, the castle of Esplantas was built by Odilon de Mercoeur, bishop of Mende from 1247 to 1274 to protect the southern flank of his Saugua possessions. The cylindrical keep, derived from the main towers erected by Philippe Auguste, dates from 1252, as evidenced by the dendrochronological analysis of an oak beam still in place.
Chateau d'Esplantas, Saugues
The dwelling which partly envelops the dungeon, on a polygonal plan, was remodeled in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries.

The entire castle has undergone major restoration work.
Saved from ruin, it was thus able to be opened to visitors.
It is listed in the Inventory of Historic Monuments.
Cabinet of curiosities.
Exhibitions: the wars of the Leagues in Velay (1589-1596)
Photo exhibition dedicated to the rescue of the castle.

Opening of the keep and part of the dwelling
We speak French


  • Historical patrimony
  • Castle of
  • Donjon


Average duration of the individual visit: 60 min.
Average duration of the group visit: 90 min.


Suitable for: Reception of school groups, Reception of summer camps, Reception of groups

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours on request
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from July 14 to August 25, 2024
Visits at 15 p.m., 16 p.m., 17 p.m.
Out of season visits for groups by appointment


Reduced price

6 €7 €
7.5 €8 €
Free for children under 10 years)

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Cash



  • Parking nearby


  • Pet Friendly
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Guided tours
  • Recreation center

Home animals

Animals are accepted

Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Not wheelchair accessible
From 7.50 € / adult


40 avenue victor hugo
43170 Esplantas-Vazeilles
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