To the north of Millau, the numerous torrents of the Tarn have carved a real canyon in the limestone plateau. Fabulous and varied sections await both those who will discover them whilst walking along the footpaths and roads as those who will do so from the water. The limpid calm waters are ideal for discovering the joys of family canoeing, while the bubbling rapids are the source of a large number of activities: rafting, canyoning, kayaking etc, will satisfy the most intrepid.
Certain people will love climbing the gorges’ steep rock faces. Other people will admire the succession of cirques and rocky chaos from their bike. And heritage and culture lovers won’t be disappointed either: historic vestiges, châteaux, fortresses and churches line the gorges.
Take a break:
Château de Peyrelade
Mediaeval site literally clinging to the rock. The château dominates the valley.
At the heart of the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses, this is a town with a past rich in history just waiting to be discovered. Follow the historic circuit and its history will unfold before you: Belfry, Old Bridge, Notre-Dame de l’Espinasse church, lavoir (washhouse), steel structure market halls, and imposing town houses… all show the evolution of the town through the centuries.
The influence of the waters of the river Tarn has made its mark on the town over the centuries through two activities: pottery and leather work. The site of Graufesenque was one of the most important pottery centres in the Roman world. Working with quality skins enabled the development of glove making in Millau to reach its modern day standing as the capital of leather and glove making.
The town is also reputed for its sports: its situation, its natural environment, its relief and its mild climate make it a sporting paradise. Walking, canoeing, rafting, paragliding, hang gliding are just some examples.
Of course, it is impossible to talk about Millau without mentioning its viaduct. You will find several viewpoints in the town but also in the surrounding area. Its viewing area is unmissable for getting close to this feat of modern architecture. Find out more.
Around Saint-Rome-de-Tarn, a more secret area awaits you. Far from the crowds of the Gorges du Tarn, the flora and fauna rule here. The wild scenery is punctuated by dolmens and menhir statues that are embellished by the small perched villages offering breathtaking panoramic views.
Take a break: :
Brousse-le-Château, one of the plus beau village de France.
Dominated by its château fort, the village with its Gothic bridge merits its position as one of the Plus Beau Village de France (most beautiful villages in France) as much for its beauty as for its flat stone buildings and its pebble paved streets.
Roc St Jean Belvédère viewpoint
At Ayssènes, a unique viewpoint of the Raspes straits awaits you.
To the south of the river Tarn you will discover an unusual coloured landscape: the Rougier de Camarès. As its name suggests, the Rougier is so called because of its inimitable red soil that creates an at times desert like landscape. This is where numerous statues-menhirs were found which are now exhibited in the Fenaille Museum in Rodez. You can also contemplate them here in the Statues-Menhirs Abbé Bec Damien Museum in Saint-Crépin.
To visit : The Château de Montaigut dominating the Rougier and offering a magnificent panoramic view.