Historic site and monument
in Arsac-en-Velay

Château de Bouzols représenté par Association "Bouzols forteresse d'avenir"

One of the most emblematic fortresses of Velay. Watchtower of the city of Puy-en-Velay, facing the Vivarais since the 11th century. Two castles in one: a surprising defensive system.
The two treasures of Bouzols:

The ancient castrum of Bouzols overlooks the Loire at the place where the river, emerging from the gorges which guide it and channel it from its source at Gerbier de Jonc, emerges into the smiling basin of Puy-en-Velay.
A legend has long run in the surrounding countryside that there was a secret underground allowing to organize a discreet escape in the event of a siege. Just as secret, but very real, a treasure, for which time and humidity were the most formidable enemy, remained hidden from view from the outside for a long time.
Inside a tower, built in the 13th century within a defensive complex, which then formed the advanced line of protection of the imposing keep, a small discreet and intimate oratory has formed, for several centuries, a striking contrast. with the dark and austere silhouette that stands out above the Loire in the Coubon valley.
But Bouzols conceals another even more mysterious secret. The imposing castle-rock, emblematic of medieval Velay, has a defensive system made particularly ingenious by the care that a "Vauban" of the Middle Ages and his stonemasons took to make it invisible to possible attackers. .
When you come to visit Bouzols, you will be gripped and seduced by this opposition between a ditch, the improbable beating heart of an impregnable fortress and the soft and soothing artistic treasure having now found the colors and the patina that the painter of yesteryear.
You can then meditate on the strange bond uniting these two unknowns, the military genius of the 12th century and the painter of the late Renaissance.

Guided tours from June 25 to September 01 (every day except Mondays)
Route of approximately 1 hour: stables, terraces, citadel, reception rooms,

Owner by inheritance of a castle, which fell into ruins in my family in 1808 and restored by my great-grandparents between 1876 and 1911, I consider myself the Steward of a historic building which I ensure the conservation, the maintenance and tourist and cultural activities for the benefit of the general interest. Link of a chain I want to transmit with these values ​​of opening and sharing

We speak: English, French


  • Historical patrimony
  • Religious Heritage
  • Chateau fort
  • Ruins and remains
  • Fresco / Painting
  • Chapel


Average duration of the individual visit: 90 min.
Average duration of the group visit: 60 min.
Minimum group size: 15 person(s)
Maximum group size: 29 people

Language(s) of the visit

English French

Individual visit services

  • Mandatory guided individual tours

Group visit services

  • Mandatory guided group visits


Opening hours from June 25 to September 01, 2024
Guided tour only at 11 a.m., 14:30 p.m. and 16 p.m.: tour of approximately 00 hour: stables, terraces, citadel, reception rooms, chapel.
The “Chemin de dans”, a communal circular path going around the fortress, is permanently accessible.


8 €-

5 €-
Adult group package

7 €-
Free for children under 6 years)

Payment methods

  • Cheque
  • Cash



  • Parking nearby
  • Picnic area.
  • Toilets


  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Concert
  • Temporary exhibitions

Home animals

Pets are not accepted

Adapted tourism

Adapted service: Not wheelchair accessible
From 8 € / adult


2 Oven Square
43700 Arsac-en-Velay
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