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Exploring Aveyron

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Photo: Christopher Baker

Full of dairy farms and eccentric hamlets, Aveyron is la France profonde, the heartland that Parisians seldom visit and cannot fathom, but where there is some of the world’s most stunning, diverse countryside, most of it unspoiled. Peaceful lakes are an hour’s drive from vertiginous peaks; deep valleys edge eerie limestone plateaus; a thousand castles jog alongside Gallo-Roman ruins. Rodez, the region’s hub, is the most dormant of towns.

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Destinations: Aubrac · Laguiole · Millau · Aveyron

Inspired by: Introducing Aveyron — by Marcelle Clements, Published Aug. 2007

Hotels (5)

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    Les Demeures de Longcol

    A medieval hamlet turned into a hotel in a 54-acre park high above the Aveyron River. Even the swimming pool has a fantastic view.

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    Le Comptoir d'Aubrac

    Fashion designer Catherine Painvin fled Paris for the Himalayas and finally ended up in Aubrac. The inn, with only six rooms—each more eccentric an

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    Hôtel-Restaurant Château de Creissels

    A 12th-century château with 30 dreamy rooms, some with balconies over the gardens, others looking out over the Millau Viaduct.

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    L'Hostellerie de Fontanges

    The renovated château has a swimming pool and serves a delightful dinner.

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    Grand Hôtel de la Muse et du Rozier

    The hotel is nestled at the bottom of a picturesque gorge.

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Restaurants (3)

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    Laguiole

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    Hôtel du Vieux Pont Restaurant

    The restaurant offers a superb lunch. The hotel only has seven rooms, all of them lovely and freshly renovated, and each with a view of the river.

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    Hôtel-Restaurant Bras Restaurant

Activities (6)

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    Laguiole Knives

    Aveyron's famous Laguiole knives can be bought at the new factory, designed by Philippe Starck, at the edge of the village of Laguiole.

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    Site Archéologique de la Graufesenque

    Visit the archaeological site at La Graufesenque, where the Gauls made the pottery now housed in the Musée Fenaille.

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    Micropolis City of Insects

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    Caves of Roquefort

    A tour of the Caves of Roquefort will turn you into a lover of Roquefort cheese if you aren't one already.

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    Musée Fenaille

    The museum houses pottery made by the Gauls.

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    Millau Viaduct

    Where: Crossing the Tarn Valley in the Massif Central, near Millau in southern France.

     

    Stats: 8,100 feet (less than two miles) long; cars travel

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