Belcastel, 15 minutes
A relaxing break, cultural discovery or an outdoor adventure... it's all here !
'...a mosaic of enchanting landscapes tucked away on the southern edge of the Massif Central. Until recently, this was France at its most quintessentially rural, sealed off from the rest of the country by a rugged terrain, anchored firmly in its distinctive identity and traditions. Today the Aveyron is a dynamic area of astonishing contrasts, where Norman Foster's Millau Viaduct cohabits with ancient Roquefort cheese, the former home of the Knights Templar hosts anti-globalisation rallies, and pilgrims hike the old road to Compostela while Japanese tourists enjoy contemporary cuisine at the 3-Michelin star Michel Bras.' (Thirza Vallois: Aveyron, A Bridge to French Arcadia)
The Moulin de Limayrac is just 20 minutes drive from the ancient city of Rodez and 30 minutes from its airport. Situated in the heart of the Ségala region, it is an ideal location to explore and discover this beautiful unspoilt part of France: mountains, rivers and ancient stone villages are all close by.
Here are some possible days out:
* Villefranche de Rouergue and Najac, one of France's 'Most Beautiful Villages'
* Conques and Marcillac
* Bozouls and the Lot valley
* Rodez and its museums (Soulages and Fenaille)
* Albi, UNESCO 2010 World Heritage site and Toulouse-Lautrec
* The Millau bridge and the Roquefort country
* Laguiole and the Aubrac
Here are some suggested days out including places to visit and where to eat (click logo to print)
Les plus beaux villages de France
The Aveyron is home to 11 of France's 'Most Beautiful Villages', 5 of which are within an hour of Limayrac:
Belcastel, Conques, Sauveterre de Rouergue, Villeneuve, Najac, ....
Rodez and its Museums
There are 3 museums to visit in Rodez (a single ticket, 11€, gives access to all three, free for under 18s):
Museo Soulages: Modern/abstract art
Museo Fenaille: Features an excellent collection of standing stones
Museo Denys-Puech: Modern sculpture
Baraqueville lake (10 minutes): Water sports and activities
Canoeing and kayaking on the River Aveyron
Walking, rambling and hiking
Rodez Golf course