South of the Massif Central and in the centre of the Toulouse/Clermont-Ferrand/Montpellier triangle, this department covers approximately the former province of Rouergue. Around Rodez with its cathedral and the Soulages museum, and Millau and its viaduct, which sees the A75 motorway perched above the Tarn valley, it is one of the largest in metropolitan France (8,700 km²). A green medium mountain terroir, Aveyron offers magnificent landscapes where herds graze. The Grands Causses limestones, the Rougiers de terre rouge and the marls are all typical geological formations of this country where the high rocky plateaus are carved out of deep valleys by the Truyère, Lot, Aveyron and Tarn rivers. There is the volcanic and granitic Aubrac, the mountains and lakes of Levézou, the Rougier de Camarès, the Larzac and its sheep, the gorges of the Tarn, the Marcillac wine-growing valley. You will be amazed! Among the villages of character, we can mention Laguiole, at an altitude of nearly 900 m, in Aubrac, where raw milk cheese and artisanal knives of the same name are made. In the lands of Aveyron, there is no shortage of animal sites: Micropolis, city of insects, on the Lévézou, the animal park of Pradinas, the Garden of the Beasts of Pages (Montrozier), the Reptilarium of Larzac, Pastoralia, dedicated to the world of sheep and pastoral life (Saint-Affrique), or the Maison de la Cabrette et des Traditions. And on the table: aligot, roquefort, tripe, estofinado, cheese soup, spit cake, Millau flauna...

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Here passes the Way of Compostela, which sees pilgrims marching all year round and many hiking trails that reveal magnificent landscapes. But it is summer that is the high tourist season. All the establishments are open, camping is possible, even on the plateaus, cultural activities and village festivals are numerous. The transhumance in Aubrac, in particular, gives rise to beautiful festivals. Rural tourism, green tourism, cultural tourism and outdoor activities : Aveyron offers you a breath of fresh air and greenery, authenticity and landscape in all four seasons. It would be a shame to confine ourselves to the high summer tourist season. Spring is a beautiful time, with the plateaus and their pastures blossoming and autumn colouring the forests. Even winter has its attractions. The landscapes and the air are very pure and there is always a small country address open all year round to welcome you with warmth because make no mistake about it, it is very cold in the causses. At the end of October, it is the Templar Festival, one of the largest gatherings of trailers in the world in the sumptuous setting of the Grand Causses. Running enthusiasts from all countries compete on more or less dangerous and vertiginous routes.

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