Why Aveyron should be your next holiday destination
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With charming villages and unspoilt countryside, Aveyron is a great holiday destination for getting away from it all
It has lots of pretty villages
Aveyron has 10 plus beaux villages – more than any other department in France – so you’ll have more than enough material to fill your Instagram feed with pictures of rose-covered cottages and cute cobblestone streets!
See the tallest bridge in the world
At 343 metres high, the Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge of its kind in the world. It was designed by British architect Norman Foster who said crossing it should be “like flying by car”.
Located in Millau, Causse Gantier is where fashion houses such as Chanel, Kenzo and Saint Laurent source their gloves for haute-couture collections. It also serves as a sleek, stylish and modern museum space that offers a fascinating insight into the history of the city’s glove-making industry.
Silky-smooth mashed potato is blended with tomme cheese and sometime a little garlic to make this ultimate comfort food. Calorific and so delicious!
Visit the Roquefort caves
Take a tour of the cellars where the Roquefort cheese is ripened in Roquefort-sur-Soulzon and learn how one of France’s favourite fromages is produced. The best part is at the end when you get to taste some of the cheese.
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From kayaking down the Gorges du Tarn to paragliding over wooded forests and scaling rocky cliffs, Aveyron is a playground for lovers of the great outdoors. Jump right in!
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Get some peace and quiet!
Facebook updates and traffic-logged roads have no place in Aveyron’s landscape of winding valleys, towering mountaintops and lush green forests so you can just enjoy a slow pace of life for a while.
Although it can seem that you’re blissfully a million miles from the modern-day world, in reality you’re only a two-hour drive from Toulouse and Montpellier and their international airports so you don’t have far to go once you’re off the plane.
Housing over 500 works from one of France’s greatest artists, Pierre Soulages, this museum in Rodez that opened in 2014, has put Aveyron’s capital on the cultural map. It also hosts temporary exhibitions from other artists, plus it also houses the top-notch brasserie, Café Bras.
You’ll never have to go too far to find a market in Aveyron where you can experience some of the department’s best food, artisanal produce and of course meet the friendly locals! Markets are an ideal place to soak up Aveyron’s atmosphere.
There are lots of walking routes
Many of Aveyron’s towns and villages are on the Camino de Santiago and there are lots of walking and hiking routes around the area so don’t forget your walking boots!
Doing a cycling or bus tour is fun, but Aveyron has come up with a much more imaginative way to see the surrounding countryside. Vélo Rail du Larzac allows you to pedal along the old train tracks, taking in tunnels and viaducts as you pass above the River Cernon.
Dominated by a beautiful 13th-century château at the foot of the Aubrac mountains, Estaing has a Gothic bridge, a beautiful medieval church and a lots of lovely riverside bars.
It inspired fairy tales
Conques was the inspiration for Disney’s new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Just strolling through its cobblestone, twisting streets feels like something from a film!
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