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A general view of Camarès
A general view of Camarès
Coat of arms of Camarès
Coat of arms
Camarès is located in France
Coordinates: 43°49′24″N 2°52′49″E / 43.8233°N 2.8803°E / 43.8233; 2.8803Coordinates: 43°49′24″N 2°52′49″E / 43.8233°N 2.8803°E / 43.8233; 2.8803
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Aveyron
Arrondissement Millau
Canton Camarès
Intercommunality Rougier de Camarès
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Bernat
Area1 41.86 km2 (16.16 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 975
 • Density 23/km2 (60/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 12044 /12360
Elevation 356–968 m (1,168–3,176 ft)
(avg. 383 m or 1,257 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Camarès is a commune in the Aveyron department in southern France.


Situated 23 kilometres south of Saint-Affrique and 80 kilometres from Béziers, the commune is traversed by the Dourdou de Camarès and sits at the foot of the Monts de Lacaune.

Its red soil, le rougier, is a schistose sandstone. It covers a rich substrate which was exploited for the first mines of copper and argentiferous lead during the Gallo-Roman era.

The commune includes a thermal basin with springs that are no longer in use today: Prugnes les eaux, Andabre, Le Cayla et Sylvanès (eau thermale).


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,288 —    
1968 1,253 −2.7%
1975 1,212 −3.3%
1982 1,258 +3.8%
1990 1,127 −10.4%
1999 1,008 −10.6%
2008 975 −3.3%

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