Historic site and monument
in Retournac

Château d'Artias

Located on its rocky outcrop (723 m), in the town of Retournac, the castle of Artias, in the center of the mountains, Miaune and Madeleine, stands above the meanders of the Loire.
Already known at the end of the 10th century, it is one of the oldest castles in Velay. The Romanesque chapel dates from the 12th century (very beautiful entrance gate)! A reception house houses many medieval objects found on the site and hosts exhibitions of contemporary objects. Visit the botanical garden and below the house of the bailiff and the renovated well. New: bread oven rebuilt in dry stone, garden of remembrance, preservation of the Saint-Denis Chapel..
On one of the paths of St Jacques de Compostela coming from Cluny (by Montarcher), it is joined by the GR 765, via Podiensis.
It is on stage n° 15 of the GR.
Accessible as a self-guided tour throughout the year, guided tours can be requested in advance from the Les amis d'Artias association.
Further information) :
Take advantage of the activities organized in July and August (Artias treasure hunt games every Tuesday morning for children), during leisure tickets during school holidays all year round (except December)…and for Halloween…
We also organize during the year: concerts, plays, exhibitions, egg hunts, etc. New: Come celebrate your birthday with your friends and family in the form of a treasure hunt game (all year round by reservation €40 per activity).
The Association has opened the children's office: an original idea to involve them and develop new ideas and entertainment projects....

Association 1901 maintaining, enhancing, animation of a municipal heritage.

We speak French



  • Historical patrimony
  • Castle of

Location details

6 km from the town center, direction Vousse/Cottier – after the town hall, drive for 200 meters and at the roundabout turn left…..


Average duration of the individual visit: 90 min.
Average duration of the group visit: 90 min.
Minimum age required: 36 year(s)
Minimum group size: 6 person(s)
Maximum group size: 15 people


Suitable for: Hikers, Reception of groups, Reception of school groups, Reception of business/incentive groups, Cycle 2: elementary school (CP, CE1, CE2), Cycle 4: middle school (5th, 4th, 3rd), Reception of holiday camps, Children aged 3 to 5, Children aged 6 to 12, Young people aged 13 to 17, Higher education

Language(s) of the visit

English, Spanish, French

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Unguided group tours permanently
  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours on December 31, 2024
Site free for all visits, every day and every week.
Volunteers often on site. If the opportunity arises, you can visit the museum.
Guided tours for groups by reservation or self-guided tours for individuals….
Free on all.
During school holidays, treasure hunts, €5 per child.
Possibility of treasure hunts for individuals on request.
Easter Monday egg hunt, €5.


Donations and contributions are welcome to help maintain the site…
Membership in the association (from €25 to €45) is possible all year round and gives the right to a tax deduction….



  • Picnic area.
  • Show room
  • Orientation table
  • Parking nearby


  • Pet Friendly
  • Educational visits
  • Coach access
  • Motorhomes allowed
  • Shop
  • Tourist Documentation
  • Tourist information
  • Reservation of services
  • Free visits
  • Guided tours
  • Recreation center

Activities on site

  • Animation
  • Children's entertainment
  • Concert
  • Botanical route

Home animals

Animals are accepted


43130 Returnnac
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