10 things not to miss in Aveyron

Published on 18 May 2018

Get off the beaten track!

The department of Aveyron, in the Midi-Pyrenees, in the heart of southern France is known for its magnificent landscapes and open-air activities. Right on the crossroads between Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand, and Montpellier, the whole family will fall in love with the Aveyron and its authentic, rural heritage! Discover 10 activities offering something for everyone, with rivers, valleys, zeal and verve.

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1. Admire the famous Millau Viaduct

Who could miss the imposing Millau viaduct during their travels?
At a height of 343 metres, this incredible steel bridge blends in harmoniously with the Tarn valley, not far from the city of Millau, France’s sports capital. With its light curves and contemporary architectural beauty, it will take your breath away.

2. 1.2.3, get your fix of open-air activities

The Aveyron abounds with different activities and events. With hiking in the Grands Causses Regional Park, trail running, road cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, swimming in rivers, lakes and swimming pools, and paragliding for thrill seekers, it’s impossible to run out of inspiration for endless family fun.

3. Explore the Tarn!

The exceptional natural sites of the Aveyron Gorges, the Dourbie, and the Tarn offer towering views over the landscape. Go on an adventure in the valleys of the Viaur, the Aveyron, the Lot, the Tarn or the Marcillac, explore Sarrans lake on Laussac peninsula, or discover the mysteries of Rougier de Camarès and its unique red rock…

4. Climb aboard the tourist trains

The Aveyron can also be visited in an entirely different way on the tourist trains (Raspes and Bozouls) that run through the region, or along the fun Vélorail tracks in the Larzac.

5. Escape amidst stunning regional landscapes

The exceptional natural sites of the Aveyron Gorges, the Dourbie, and the Tarn offer towering views over the landscape. Go on an adventure in the valleys of the Viaur, the Aveyron, the Lot, the Tarn or the Marcillac, explore Sarrans lake on Laussac peninsula, or discover the mysteries of Rougier de Camarès and its unique red rock…

6. Set out for a day of art and culture

Enjoy a fascinating day at Soulages Museum, a contemporary gallery dedicated to the work of artist Pierre Soulages in Rodez, Aveyron’s biggest city. The ideal opportunity to stroll through the city’s old town and admire its Notre Dame Cathedral.

7. Travel back in time with over 200 historic monuments

In the region’s 10 classified villages, you can travel back through the ages: Conques, Estaing, Millau… Each has its own special charm!

8. Sample the culinary specialties

A culinary adventure awaits you at the local markets and restaurants where you can sample the famous aligot, a dish made with mashed potatoes and fresh tomatoes. Or to learn more about the history of Roquefort cheese and the way it’s made, go on a tantallizing tour of a cheese cellar.

9. Enjoy the rural heritage

Local farmers offer farm visits so you can savour their products and discover their experience and know-how. A friendly, family atmosphere that children and adults will all enjoy!

10. Discover animals of all kinds

Farm animals, reptiles, and creatures from around the world live in the region’s many zoos and animal parks. If you’re looking for an original experience, visit the astonishing ostriches at the Ostrich Farm.

Aveyron, a destination to discover and rediscover with your family!

And to stay? We take full advantage of the activities and the beauty of the region in Huttopia Millau campsite: to relax, breathe and get off to a good start!
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Published on 18 May 2018