About an hour away from Rodez, you will find the Millau Viaduct, one of the tallest bridges in the world that has also been ranked as one of the greatest engineering achievements ever. As you may have guessed, the view from the bridge is amazing and definitely worth the visit.
The small village of Najac, located a little more than one hour away from Rodez, is mostly famous because of its castle, built in the middle of the 13th century on a hill. Discover the history of this magnificent fortress with the help of a knowledgeable guide and enjoy the breath-taking view.
If you wish to make your own souvenirs from your trip to Rodez, join a jewellery making workshop at La Vidalerie Jewellery. Choose between beading, silversmithing or stone setting and design your own unique piece. At this 300 year old farmhouse you are also offered packages over several days including accommodation.
In Rodez there is not only a self-guided walking tour of the old city centre, but also several paths and hiking trails outside the city, on the beautiful countryside in the area of Aveyron. You will find different levels of difficulty and length but all of them have stunning views and breathtaking nature in common.
With its late Gothic and sculpted red sandstone bell-tower, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Rodez is the perfect starting point for your visit. The hidden treasures of its architecture are unveiled at night by five hundred projector lamps, so go and discover its magic.
The Museum of Fine Arts is definitely a not-to-be-missed attraction, even just for the stunning white building where the museum is set up. Named after the famous sculptor Denys Puech, who lived in the area in the late 19th and early 20th century, this has been a meeting place for modern and contemporary creations since 1989.
Take some time to wander around Rodez and live the memorable experience of discovering all the enchanting villages of southern France; the region, in fact, is home to unique historical sites and a rich architectural heritage. Le Monastère, in particular, with its abbey and medieval bridge crossing the Aveyron River is a must.
In a quiet street in the heart of the old town lies Goûts Et Couleurs, where you can expect some of the finest food you have ever tasted. Their seafood specialities, in particular, are simply excellent and the “Croustillant de cabécou” (small goat cheese) is well worth a try.
This is a recommended restaurant especially for trying the regional specialities that make this spot extremely popular among both tourists and locals. Situated in the heart of the old town centre, in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral, it obviously offers stunning views that you will undoubtedly fall in love with.
Just twenty minutes away from Rodez, in the small village of Muret le Château, you find this hidden gem, Auberge du Château, a beautiful country house restaurant and hotel. One of the owners, Marc Cordy, is also the main chef and guests can see his passion in the delicious and beautifully-presented dishes he creates.
This restaurant is located just behind the cathedral but, despite the tourist-friendly location, this is a venue serving well recommended local food of the Aveyron area. Large portions are offered by the friendly staff in a colourful and modern environment where you surely won't get bored.
Cecile et Aime is situated right in the city centre so, particularly during the summer time, the patio becomes a very popular place for people-watching and enjoying the city-life. The easy-going staff serves generous portions of traditional French dishes and the desserts are highly recommended.
Le Divan is a popular venue among young people, where it is possible to choose between playing pool or video games and having some of the greatest homemade cocktails in town. On the tables, characterised by their trendy décor, you will also notice countless newspapers such as Le Monde, Le Figaro or Charlie Hebdo.
In a typical French pub atmosphere, Au Pub Ruthénois has great beers and homemade cocktails. If you don't feel like spending your night out in a fancy and touristic spot, then Au Pub Ruthénois is just what you are looking for. So give it a try and get to know some locals while enjoying the warm ambiance.
It is enjoyable to experience the open-air markets that are held in Place du Bourg on Wednesday morning or in Place du Sacré Coeur on Friday and Saturday afternoon. There, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the local farmers and sample the special flavours of the region. Also, every Saturday on Place d’Olmet, the clothing market is worth a visit if you're looking for inexpensive and original items.
Behind the cathedral there is another shoppers' paradise, a perfect spot for a leisurely stroll and shopping break while visiting the old town. If you walk through the narrow alleyways that connect Place de Bourg, Place de la Cité, Place de la Mairie and Place Reynaldi, you will find plenty of specialist shops and clothing boutiques for all ages.
Rodez is served by an international airport, “Aéroport de Rodez – Aveyron”, located 12 km north of the city. The only way to get into the town is by taxi and the journey takes about twenty minutes. The drivers are just at the exit of the airport and, being all aware of the arrivals schedule, they all make sure to be there when needed.
The Agglobus Company runs an efficient network of public buses. You can purchase tickets on board the vehicle, at tobacco and bakery (boulangerie) shops or at the main agency. Make sure to validate the ticket when you get on the bus and remember that buses do not stop at all places, so you might need to signal to the driver that you wish to go on board.