The village of Camon in the Ariege department is named as one of “les plus beaux villages de France”. Its medieval streets surmounted by the bell tower of the abbey are attractive at any time, but are perhaps best seen in the summer evenings when nocturnal guided tours of the village are lit by flaming torches and candles.

The village also holds a festival of the Rose, every May; the streets are filled with the scent and sight of many different shades of rose, and a different theme is nominated each year.

Camon is known as the village of a hundred rosebushes, thanks to the 19th century inhabitants who had the idea to protect their grape-vines from the phylloxera virus by planting roses next to them. The idea was that as the roses were more susceptible to the virus they would warn the grape-growers of an attack. Unfortunately the theory didn’t work, and the vineyards have disappeared, but the rose has remained the emblem of the village.

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