Autoire lies in a vast U-shaped valley with steep cliff sides formed by erosion where the Autoire (or Goutal) stream finds softer rock as it crosses the Siran fault at the head of the valley. There is a great view down to the village from Siran after wet weather, when multiple waterfalls crash 30 metres to the valley floor.
The village is surrounded on three sides by imposing limestone cliffs which shelter at one point an imposing ruin of the 'Chateau des Anglais', probably used by the mercenary captain Bernard de la Salle during the Hundred Years war. A path from Siran leads to the building. Work to preserve the 'chateau' has been carried out recently.
A walk around the narrow streets reveals the fountain surrounded by half-timbered houses, traditional steep roofs with traditional hand-made clay tiles and elegant mansions with towers which mark the period when Autoire was known as 'le petit Versailles'. There are four large houses built by the nobility in the 15th and 16th centuries and a church dating from the 11th century with 'modillons' in excellent condition.
A footpath leads from the village through the woods and along the stream to the foot of the big waterfall where the water hits the rocks beneath.
Restaurants: There is a hotel/restaurant, l'Auberge de la Fontaine, in the centre of the village.