Between mountains and gorges, cross the Tarn Valley for some visual pleasure. Enjoy a hilly road trip along this emerald river passing through charming hilltop villages of character and stopping to enjoy breathtaking and generous panoramic views of the Aveyronnaise region. Discover an exceptional natural and built heritage with a tour that leads you from Florac to Montauban, passing by unmissable sites such as Millau, Sainte-Enimie, Albi and Moissac.
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Depart Florac after a walk through the charming village streets and head down to the Gorges du Tarn. You will pass by Sainte-Enimie, a marvel of the region and ranked as being among the “plus beaux villages de France”. Be sure to walk the cobblestoned medieval streets that dive down to the Tarn. On the way to Millau, stop off at Point Sublime which offers a superb view of the canyon. Spend the night in Millau.
Formerly known for its manufacture of gloves and pottery, Millau is now best known for its famous viaduct, the highest in the world. Also close to the Millau Viaduct is a belvedere located not far from its Viaduct Expo area, from which you can enjoy a striking view of this architectural masterpiece that crosses the Tarn. Spend a sporty afternoon enjoying Millau’s numerous outdoor and aquatic activities or enjoy a more cultural tour of this artistic and historical town steeped in history.
Leave Millau along the Tarn under the piles of the viaduct. Through green natural landscapes with white water, follow the path of the Raspes, these steep sided and wild gorges so characteristic of the Tarn. Stop and visit the château in Brousse-Le-Château, a location ranked among the “plus beaux villages de France” perched between Altrance and Tarn. Continue your medieval journey to Coupiac, also known for its imposing 15th century chateau located in the heart of the village. Why not spend late afternoon in Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance, a village of lauze roofs that conserves a superb Collegiate Gothic church in which you will find a friendly restaurant for dinner.
Head towards Albi and its ballet of colours enlivened by the reflections of the brickwork on the Tarn’s emerald waters. Allow time to stroll along the banks of the river on the lookout for the old Albigeois Mills and the best view of the town, and to admire the Pont Vieux (‘Old Bridge’), the oldest in France. From there, enter the old town with terraced gardens, beginning with a visit to the famous Toulouse-Lautrec Museum containing the most important collection of works by the painter in the walls of the Palais de la Berbie. And, above all, be sure to visit the beautiful Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile, the jewel of the Episcopal city. Extend your exploration of the ‘ville rouge’ via the covered market, Collégiale Saint-Salvi and Maison du Vieil Albi before refueling in one of the albigeois ‘troquets’ (bistros).
Take the road towards Gaillac, a small, charming town on the banks of the Tarn, where the aesthetically playful architecture of the houses mixes brick, stone and wood. Its centuries-old vineyard stretches across both banks and is renowned for producing one of the best wines of the south-west. Lunch in the old town of Montauban before visiting the Ingres Museum and exploring older quarters. Extend your journey between vineyards and orchards to Moissac to visit the Saint-Pierre Moissac Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your trip ends here. But you could extend it by booking an extra night in Montauban.
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