Albi and Tarn Valley up to Millau
Millau, Larzac, Tarn Valley, Pays de Roquefort, Gorges du Tarn
MILLAU and ALBI
Dans le "Midi" du Sud-Aveyron
Far away from all the hustle and bustle, at 700km South of Paris, the Tarn river flows from the Cevennes through the departments Lozère, Aveyron and Tarn and the Grands Causses area.
In this part of (Southern France, 'le midi' ) genuine countryside and 'La France profonde' still exist. A district with an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, that you will get to know when hiking and cycling through this far South part of the Massif Central: mountains, limestone plateaus (Causses), lush green valleys, roaring rivers (Tarn, Jonte, Dourbie, Lot, Aveyron, Dourdou). Lots of small villages here instead of large urban areas with dense population. No fast food here, but the French cuisine, honest food in small family run hotels where you will get a warm welcome.
|La Ligne Verte has settled in a small village
in the Valley of the Tarn, 60 km from Millau and Albi, called Broquiès.
This part of the course of the Tarn is called the "Gorges des Raspes"
and is attractive for those who like quiet, simplicity and unspoiled
nature. It lies in the Parc Régional des Grands Causses in South-Aveyron.
Aveyron is also a rich source of (ancient) culture: the district of Templars, medieval cloisters and places of pilgrimage. And... apart from the cyclists and hikers, a renowned district for bird-watching, mountain-biking, (fly-)fishing, but above all a region for those who seek nature, piece, quiet and vistas of mountains, valleys and plateaus, called Causses.
Albi is a nice start for accessing the Grands
Causses nature park.
|Find usefull information here for planning your next holiday or short break in France|
|Three geographically distinct landscapes to enjoy in the Parc des Grands Causses: some links to see some of the area:Find here some pictures with the views on Sud-Aveyron.|
Between Albi and Millau
From Millau, a pleasant small Mediterranean alike city, also the gateway to the better known canyons of the Gorges du Tarn and a centre for activity holidays, you'll start the Tarn Valley walk under the worlds highest viaduct from where you will be heading further downstream.
From the second half of june the chirring sound of cicades will go all along with you as if in Provence.
South of the Tarn river, water acting on the limestone plateaux created caves, subterranean rivers, gushing springs.The most famous of the caves is now still used for the ripening of sheep cheese: Roquefort, king of cheeses, cheese of kings.
Pays de Roquefort also includes the Causse du Larzac with its restored Medieval Templars garrisons from where crusades set oput in 10th-13th centuries, and the Redlands of Camarès with its Cistercienzer Abbaye de Sylvanès. St.Affrique, a small Southern town, is the starting place of many walks in this walking area. The landscape exudes peace and unspoiled natural beauty. Shepherds will be your only company during hours of walking.
Gorges and Causses, French canyons
Gorges du Tarn
More pictures of Gorges and Causses.
Tarn valley, Pays de Roquefort and the Canyons of the Gorges and Causses are part of the Parc Naturel des Grands Causses.
Millau lies in the centre of this nature park and is the centre of activity holidays in France.
East of this nature park you'll find the Cevennes mountains.
ALBI, at 80 km travelling by train from Toulouse (airport) at
the outer Western border of our territory at the Tarn river. The
city is famous for its architecture, its Cathedral and the Toulouse
websites of Aveyron:
Abbaye de Sylvanes, Every
year a Festival International de Musique Sacrée
|Rodez: Musée Soulages and the
Cathedral Notre Dame de Rodez".
Capital of Aveyron department
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