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Hiking is perhaps the best way to discover a region. 900 km of hiking trails, or "Grande Randonnée", and a network of 2,800 km of smaller trails, let you to discover the vast open spaces of the département.

There are two centres here to welcome you and help you set out to discover the environment and the heritage of the Aveyron.

CPIE du Rouergue. The Centre Permanent d'Initiative pour l'Environnement du Rouergue (CPIE du Rouergue) organises :

· Workshops for children 5/12 years old: in the form of discovery expeditions, the young detectives, curious by nature, will have a number of enigmas to solve.

· Discovery expeditions: accompanied by an experienced guide, you set out to discover the flora and fauna, the landscapes, the history and the heritage of Aveyron.

For information, contact the CPIE du Rouergue

25, avenue Charles de Gaulle - 12100 Millau

Tél : (33) 5 65 61 06 57 - Fax : (33) 5 65 60 26 02

 

If cycling and mountain biking is what you want to do, then this is the right place!

There are so many cycling trails in Aveyron that you can safely mountain bike through the département without risk of running into a traffic jam or a dangerous crossroads. The great variety of topography and the scenic beauty of the land provide views that will be remembered long after your holiday.

There are many professional organisations available to help you choose your itinerary and provide you with equipment. For information about possible circuits, contact:

Comité Départemental de Cyclotourisme

210, impasse Grisolles - 12100 Millau - Tel. (33) 5.65.60.66.95

For information, contact the CPIE du Rouergue

www.cyclotourismeaveyron.org

Enjoy the breathtaking thrill of gliding quietly over the countryside as you sail softly through the air. There are many wonderful takeoff points around the area along with competent schools who will ensure your safety and enjoyment.

For more information, please visit the tourism site for aveyron at this address:

For more information contact the Aveyron tourism site:

www.tourisme-aveyron.com

Aveyron offers over 1,000 km of horse-back riding trails that have been referenced along with some 60 rest houses. The natural beauty of the landscape adds to the enjoyment of the ride as you and your mount explore this wonderful area.

Take a look at the horse-back trail map at this wondeful website:

www.tourisme-equestre.fr

Comité Départemental du Tourisme Equestre

17, rue Aristide Briand BP 831 - 12008 Rodez cedex

Tél. (33) 5 65 75 55 48 - Fax (33) 5 65 75 55 71

Golf du Grand Rodez

The course offers wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding countryside around Rodez. A par 70 course, the layout offers challenges for beginners and experienced players as well.

Golf club de Mezeyrac

Mezeyrac is on the limit of the Aubrac plateau, just 10 minutes from Laguiole. The par34, 9-hole course offers scenic views of the surrounding area as you enjoy your round of golf on this nicely appointed course which include a driving range and a practice putting green.

Royal Aubrac

Near the village of Aubrac, this 9-hole, par 33 course is complete with a driving range and putting-green. Other amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant and a riding center.

Golf du Totche - Villefranche de Rouergue

A par 27, 9-hole course.

 

Among the 500 castles in the Aveyron is Château du Bosc, the childhood vacation home of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, which is open to the public in nearby Rouergue. Another site of interest is Château du Colombier, which is run as it would have been in Medieval times, including a bestiary, gardens, and costumed guides. For those interested in even earlier history, la Graufesenque near the town of Millau is a major archeological site dating back to Gallo-Roman times, where pottery was produced in massive quantities. Other sightseeing locations in the Aveyron include a megalithic park.

The Aveyron area is also home to many culinary delights, including the world-famous local specialty Roquefort cheese, which is aged in limestone caves. Tours are offered year-round.

The gushing waters of the Tarn and Lot rivers provide sensational settings for water-sports lovers in search of adventure and excitement, particularly at the Gorges of the Tarn and the Lot.

Activities range from canoeing and kayaking to rafting, or rowing leisurely. There are also many artificial lakes where you can practice all the water sports that you like.

Winter often brings snow and there are great slopes for skiing near the Aveyron region. And your whole family can enjoy playing in the snow while you are on holiday.

See the region as you have never seen it before. We offer connection to a flying service that provides aerial tours of the area. Enjoy seeing the sights by air as you smoothly fly over the mountains, valleys, villages and historic sites of this region.