On the Occitanie Rail Tour

Discover Villefranche-de-Rouergue

Villefranche-de-Rouergue is a magnificent example of medieval town planning, with the invention of bastide towns. Its dense network of carefully ordered streets leads to the main square. The square is enclosed by arcades surmounted by Gothic and Renaissance mansions.

Here, the triumphant Notre-Dame collegial church stands tall, keeping watch over a town that puts a premium on gastronomy and local products.


A bastide town founded in 1252 by King Saint Louis, Villefrance-de-Rouergue has a few surprises in store for visitors, such as a collection dedicated to jazz (the 2nd largest in France!). 

In Villefranche-de-Rouergue, you'll enjoy:

  • Visiting the large Thursday market, at the foot of the collegial church: farçous, aligot, fouaces, charcuterie, Aveyron bread... you'll find an abundance of products there.
  • Exploring the bastide with a conference guide.
  • Climbing to the Calvary to admire the roofs of the bastide town nestled in its valley washed by the Aveyron river.
  • Flying over the bastides and gorges of the Aveyron, on a microlight

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