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Millau is located at the heart of Rouergue province. Dominated by the spectacular table-top hill of Puech d'Andan and the River Tarn, this pleasant provincial town offers the visitor historic buildings, a lively atmosphere and easy access to the countryside’s fine scenery.
One of Millau’s foremost attractions is Graufesenque Pottery Works, where visitors can see the Work’s renowned red terracotta. An interesting archeology museum is also located on site and outlines the Work’s history. Musée de Millau is similarly popular. Housed in a stately 18th century mansion, the museum has a collection which includes archeology, geology and, interestingly, a gloves exhibit.
Wandering the well-preserved working-class districts of Millau is also rewarding. The old town centre is located back from the River Tarn and surrounded by a circular shady boulevard. Place du Mandarous, intercepted by de la République, is the main square and a hive of activity during the day. For a panoramic view of the town, the clock tower on place Emma-Calvé is worth the climb.
As well as a wide range of shopping options, Millau offers its visitors many cafes and bars. Place Foch is the main cosmopolitan quarter offering everything from creperies, pizzerias and Asian cuisine. By night the entertainment is similarly varied, with something to suit every taste and budget.
Millau’s surrounding area has much to offer. The Gorges of Tarn draw year round visitors including river enthusiasts, rock climbers and day walkers. The Gorges are located 100kms north and the scenic access road passes through the picturesque villages of Paulhe, Compyre and Cressse. River Tarn’s highest point, Sublime Point, offers superb panoramic views of the region, and for the more adventurous, river boating is available from the village of Malene.
Visitors can arrive by air at either Toulouse or Rodez Airports. Rodez receives direct Rodez-London flights with Ryanair. Toulouse is serviced by a train from Paris which continues on to Albi (1 hour). Millau can be accessed from here by local transport. By road, Millau is serviced by the A68 Toulouse-Albi route and A75 Clermont-Ferrand-Montpellier route (exit Millau), and from Albi by the D999 and D172.