Visit Millau on foot or by bike

Millau
Visit Millau on foot  ...

Millau is best known for its Viaduct, but its medieval historic center is definitely worth a visit. It is punctuated with small natural bubbles, conducive to relaxation and walking. It stretches along the banks of the Tarn and a greenway borders the other bank to easily reach it by bike. Aquatic leisure and nautical sports bases allow you to take full advantage of the pleasures of the river. Let's go for a visit of Millau on foot or by bike.


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Take a walk in the historic center of Millau

Millau is classified as a "Town of Art and History". It has succeeded in preserving historical sites throughout the ages since prehistoric times. The unmissable monuments of Millau to see during your walk are:

  • The medieval houses, notably rue de la Capelle.
  • Le Beffroi, near the Tourist Office.
  • The Notre-Dame de l'Espinasse church and its monumental fresco.
  • The Pont Vieux and its old mill.
  • Outside the historic center, the Tower of the Palace of the Kings of Aragon or the ruins of the Dungeon of Pépissou.

    Learn more? Our discovery of Millau.


    Photo © photoprofi30 | Adobe Stock

    Photo © photoprofi30 | Adobe Stock

    Visit the museums of Millau

    The museums of Millau trace this rich history, which begins in prehistory in the Causses. Chronologically, we recommend the following sites:

    • The Graufesenque archaeological site.
    • The Museum of Millau and the Grands Causses on local history, in the former private mansion of Pégayrolles.
    • The exhibition on the construction of this extraordinary bridge, on the Millau Viaduct area.

      Learn more? The Museums of Aveyron, exciting cultural visits!


      Millau Viaduct

      Go shopping

      Millau is a dynamic and forward-looking city, while remaining rooted in its craft tradition. You will find workshops and factories, art and designer boutiques, and shops of all kinds. Here are our good addresses:

      • The Espace Métiers d'Art and its traditional craftsmen.
      • The shopping malls of Place de la Capelle for “Made in Millau” souvenirs.
      • The Glove Manufactures which reconnect with the medieval tradition of the city of Millavoise.

      Stroll through Millavois parks and gardens

      After a good walk through the city, the Millavois parks and gardens offer you a well-deserved rest:

      • The Jardin du Sambucy and its 17th century mansion.
      • The Jardin de la Mairie is a family place, thanks to its wooden playground and its duck pond.
      • The Victory Park is a very lively site, where many events take place.

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        Pedal on the lanes and cycle paths

        The city of Millau is implementing initiatives to facilitate soft mobility, in particular thanks to the pedestrianization of the city center during the summer. Cycle routes have been laid out to reach the city center along the banks of the Tarn:

        • The Promenade des Berges du Tarn is a 4 km greenway, shaded and very pleasant.
        • The Trace Verte du Viaduc is a 16 km route, starting from Millau.
        • The Grande Traversée du Massif Central (GTMC) (fr) is a great route for mountain biking, which starts from Millau and takes you from Larzac to the Mediterranean. In the Tarn, you take it from Millau to La Couvertoirade.

          Photo © Uwalthie Pic Project | Adobe Stock

          Photo © Uwalthie Pic Project | Adobe Stock

          Hike in the natural areas around Millau

          Millau is located in the heart of the Causses, on the edge of the Plateau du Lévézou, and crossed by the river Tarn. It is an exceptional natural environment and a favorite site for hikers. All these natural areas are located south of Millau and the Tarn:


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            Family fun by the river

            The right bank of the Tarn, on the outskirts of Millau, has been equipped with leisure and sports centres, allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of water, near the town centre:

            • The Maladrerie leisure park and its Aquavagues park, for white water sports.
            • Lou Pitchou land on the island of Maladrerie, a space dedicated to the youngest.
            • Plage du Gourd de Bade is a small beach in lush greenery.
            • The Roc et Canyon sports leisure base, near the Pont de Cureplat, offers all kinds of nature sports, such as canoeing, canyoning, via ferrata, bungee jumping...

              Photo © The Roc et Canyon Sports Leisure Center

              Photo © The Roc et Canyon Sports Leisure Center

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              We hope to have given you some good ideas to make the most of your walking holiday in Millau and we wish you pleasant visits and walks.


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