Ask for a map at Rodez Tourist Information, Place de la Cité, with the old town's route.
Follow the arrows... Admire the cathedral, the bishops' palace, the House of Armagnac. Stroll through the little streets with their many cafés and shops. Breathe in the pure invigorating air. Notice the unique features in the stone. And prepare to tickle your tastebuds. At the market on Wednesday and Saturday, in the lively brasseries and restaurants: sample farçous (chard pancakes), Aubrac beef and Aligot.
The Soulages Museum: unmissable! Pierre Soulages, one of the most famous French artists in the world, was born in 1919 in Rodez. He donated over 500 artworks to his hometown: paintings, lithographs, etchings, boxes of Conques stained glass and more.
The museum's contemporary artchitecture is an aesthetic emotion in itself. Its weathering steel armour wraps around Le Café Bras run by top chef Sébastien Bras. An unforgettable lunch break is on the menu !
Rodez will introduce you to its opulent and well-preserved heritage, carved into stone, ochre sandstone and blue lauze bleutée. Its opulent charm contrasts with its contemporary architectural feats such as the Soulages Museum and other urban buildings. Rodez is the prefecture of the Aveyron department. There is a population of approximately 55,000 in the area
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A Gothic wonder completed in the early 16th century after 300 years of work. Make time to explore the stunning interior with its amazing stained-glass windows and impressive organ.
The best bit: the guided tour that enables you to go up the belltower. At 87m high, it's 20m higher than Notre-Dame de Paris. At the top you have 360° views of the surrounding countryside, Aubrac and the Lévézou peaks! Book the tour at Tourist Information.
From a distance, Rodez seems to float above the rolling Roergue. As you get closer you can feel its power, strength, energy. It's no surprise that the Rutènes Gaul tribe that founded Rodez over 2000 years ago called it "Segodunum" meaning "victorious fortress"! Are you arriving at night? The city is even more beautiful when it's illuminated and its cathedral is restored to its former glory.