Le Causse / La Chapelle de Sanguinou

You can’t miss the ‘Causse de Caucalières’, located between Castres and Mazamet, facing the ‘Montagne Noire’. This semi-desert limestone plateau is a geological and naturalistic area with an exceptional flora and fauna. In its heart, you can discover the very old Chapel of Sanguinou. Let’s explore some of its treasures!

Causse de Caucalières, Thoré, ©Dav_ID
Le Causse, nature aux grands espaces

Living world's wonders

The multitude of its habitats, as well as its rich fauna and flora make it a unique, precious and fragile space, that must be protected and preserved. In this area, classified ‘Natura 2000’, more than 400 botanical species have been listed, among which magnificent wild orchids.

Causse de Caucalières, le Thoré, ©Didier Ballester
Le Causse de Caucalières, Zone Natura 2000

Regarding animal species, you may be lucky enough to see colorful butterflies, warblers, curious lizards or small murins that co-exist. However, be very careful not to disturb them!

A superb gem: the Chapel of Notre Dame de Sanguinou

During your getaway in the Causse, you can also go to the Sanguinou chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. This Romanesque style chapel is considered as one the most ancient in the Department (11th century). This name ‘Sanguinou’ would come from a plant, dogwood, which grows on its lands.

Causse de Caucalières,chapelle romane de Sanguinou ©Dav_Id
Causse de Caucalières, chapelle romane de Sanguinou

Friends and visitors, the discovery of the Causse should be perceived as a privilege; we invite you to respect and care for this great place…

Warnings and advice

Excepting the 'Chemin blanc" which joins Labruguière, no further itinerary is marked.

A part of this place is used as a military area, be careful and observe the instructions.

You won’t get lost, however provide yourself with a map.