Rodez - Do & See
The old Rodez features several historic townhouses and mansions from the 14th -17th century, or beautiful religious buildings like the chapel of the old Jesuit College. You will love wandering on and through Rodez’s footpaths and alleys, where you’ll also find some truly excellent restaurants with their regional specialities, small cafés with shadowy terraces, and beautiful open-air markets.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Rodez
With its late Gothic and sculpted red sandstone bell-tower, the cathedral is the perfect starting point for your visit. The hidden treasures of its architecture are unveiled at night by the five hundred projector lamps.
Located in a beautiful Renaissance mansion in the old town, the museum features a collection of the largest Menhir statues in France. You will discover the history of the Rouergue province from 300, 000 years ago up to the 17th century.
The Museum of Fine Arts is a not to be missed attraction. This has been a meeting place for modern and contemporary creation since 1989. It is named after the famous sculptor Denys Puech who lived in the area in the late 19th and early 20th century.
The Haras National Farm
This stud farm occupies a beautiful and quiet old charter house from the 16th and 17th century. It is home to 50 retired stud animals and guided tours and presentations are offered for visitors.
If you have time, touring around Rodez is memorable. The region is home to unique historical sites and a rich architectural heritage in several villages. Le Monastère with its abbey and medieval bridge crossing the Aveyron River is a must.
The Old Town
There is much to see in the old part of Rodez, like the historic town houses and private mansions from the 14th -17th century, the chapel of the old Jesuit College (17th century) and the Bishop’s Palace (17th century).
This small town not even 10 km from Rodez hides two amazing fortified churches. With walls and ramparts they look more like castles. They even have sheltered rooms that visitors can climb the 70 steps to see.
The River Aveyron
Stroll along the river that flows through the city and be charmed by the beautiful buildings that are built on the bank of it. In the outskirts of the city, the area around the river is more natural and perfect for a more relaxing walk.
The Millau Viaduct
This is one of the tallest bridges in the world and you find it on the motorway about an hour south-east from Rodez. The view from the bridge is amazing since it crosses a deep valley.
Royal Fortress of Najac
The small village of Najac is mostly famous because of this castle, built in the middle of the 13th century. It features several towers and a secret corridor for archers. Najac is located a little more than an hour from Rodez.
If you wish to make your own souvenirs from your trip to Rodez, join a jewellery making workshop at La Vidalerie Jewellery Making. Choose between beading and silversmithing and design your own unique piece. They also offer packages over several days including accommodation.
This 18 hole golf course is located in the area of Onet le Château, close to Rodez. While playing here you are able to enjoy the stunning view and contrast of the beautiful countryside and the city of Rodez and its cathedral.
Hiking and Walking
In the city of Rodez there is a self-guided walking tour of the old city centre but there are also several paths and hiking trails outside the city on the beautiful countryside in the area of Aveyron. There are all levels of difficulty and length but all of them have stunning views and breathtaking nature in common.
Aquavallon Aquatic Centre
This is fun for the whole family. At Aquavallon Aquatic Centre visitors can splash around in the different swimming pools, go on the water slide, play water games or just relax in the jacuzzi or the sauna.
Parc de Loisirs de Combelles
This 300 acres big park is located in the comune Le Monastère. Here you find horse riding, an array of sport activities and just lush and green areas to relax and have a picnic at. If you feel that you don't want to leave, they also offer accommodation.