A peaceful town full of charm
Aubas is proud to have been able to retain its lock built for navigability on the Vézère. This was never used, as a railway line was built at the same time.
Thanks to the various dams along its length, the Vézère has never been short of water... (remember that the Vézère used to be navigable as far as Limeuil). Although all the other dams have been razed to the ground, Aubas has kept its own, firstly used as a mill and then a power station. As a result, the village got electricity very early on. This hydraulic heritage and its environment should be taken into account when you walk through Aubas. It is a key feature of the local landscape.
In the centre of the village, a huge plane tree, several hundred years old, shades the small square.
Hiking from the village of Aubas
In the square, walkers and mountain bikers will find the start of the Châteaux loop, where they can see Château de Sauveboeuf, in the Louis XIII style, which stands on the banks of the Vézère. The two-storey main building, adorned with beautiful sculpted dormer windows, is flanked by two pavilions set at right-angles, with rusticated corners. A classical gateway adorned with fire pots precedes the main courtyard. Sauveboeuf was the seat of an important seigneury that became a marquisate, and belonged to the Ferrières de la Brunie and Riqueti families. Mirabeau was exiled here.
L'Escaleyrou, panoramic viewpoint situated on a steep cliff called "Le Bout du Monde", dominates the Vézère Valley. Upstream, you can admire the Château de la Petite Filolie and La Fleunie, and downstream the Château de Sauveboeuf.
At the end of the walk, the path once again overlooks the Vézère and offers magnificent views of the village of Aubas, the dam and the entire valley as far as Montignac-Lascaux.
Aubas: from Prehistory to the Renaissance
At the heart of the Périgord Black, Sauveboeuf Castle Museum is a magnificent 17th-century French château, and its 14th-century cellars hide a treasure trove: a prehistory museum comprising a large private collection. Some very fine pieces from the most famous sites: Lascaux, La Madeleine, Cro-Magnon, la Ferrassie... A prehistoric heritage well preserved by its passionate owner: Claude Douce.
The little extras in the village of Aubas
- Viewpoint and orientation table on the côteau de l'Escaleyrou