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Travel Guide

Millau showing a bridge and mist or fog

Drive over the world's tallest bridge, visit historic buildings and purchase this southern French town's famous leather products.

Millau's standout feature is its road bridge, the tallest in the world. The monumental structure is just one of the many reasons to spend some time in the southern French town. Nestled in a wide valley in the Mid-Pyrenees and surrounded by white cliffs, Millau is also a great place for hiking and biking. Inside the town, find historic buildings and workshops selling leather goods that the town is renowned for.

Whichever way you approach Millau you are bound to see the Millau Viaduct. The cable-stayed bridge stands at 1,125 feet (343 meters) and has pylons that are taller than the Eiffel Tower. Study this impressive feat of engineering from several viewpoints. One of the best vistas is from the Jardin des Explorateurs in the Viaduct Espace Info Center. This building also has a museum that charts the bridge’s history.

Venture into the town and you will discover the Square Tower of the Kings, a 12th-century tower built for King Alfonso II of Aragon. Other historic buildings include the Church of Notre-Dame de l'Espinasse, also from the 12th century and the 18th-century Ayrolle Washing House.

Trace more of the town's past when you visit Millau Museum. Examine fossils and view archeological relics from prehistoric and Roman eras. The museum also explores the history of Millau's leather and glove industry. The town has been a major leather manufacturer since the Middle Ages and it continues to this day. Look out for high quality leather goods in some of the boutiques and leather tanning workshops. Break up your tour of the town with a stop in one of the cafés on the Place du Mandarous, the main square.

Whether you want a leisurely stroll in the countryside or a strenuous mountain hike, head for the Grands Causses Regional Park. There are 1,850 miles (3,000 kilometers) of marked hiking trails.

Millau has good road links with the rest of the country and is a lovely place to stay overnight on a drive through France, or for a longer vacation.

Hericlea Hotel Sport
Hericlea Hotel Sport
21 Avenue Louis Balsan, Millau
The price is £43 per night from 4 Jul to 4 Jul
Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Place du Mandarous and Millau Museum. Aquatic Centre Roger Julian and Viaduc Espace are also ...
3.9/5Good! (39 reviews)
"Stunning location, great value for money. Yes the chalet needs a little TLC but it was clean and perfect for a stopover. Nice little pool too."

Reviewed on 7 Aug 2019

Hericlea Hotel Sport
Domaine de Saint-Estève
Domaine de Saint-Estève
3 out of 5
The price is £78 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Millau Museum, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Acroparc du Mas and Millau Viaduct. Gorges du Tarn ...
4/5Very Good! (81 reviews)
I expected more
"Bugs in the room hardly had any sleep and you can hardly see the bridge from your cabin. But restaurant wiew was nice but the food was badly done.. no taste, but area around the pool was fantastic"

Reviewed on 6 Jul 2019

Domaine de Saint-Estève
Hôtel  la Capelle
Hôtel la Capelle
3 out of 5
The price is £48 per night from 1 Jul to 1 Jul
Located in the heart of Millau, this hotel is steps away from Grands Causses Regional Nature Park and Massif Central. Place du Mandarous and Millau Museum are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (51 reviews)
Très bien
"Café très bon et petit déjeuner copieux!! Chambre sur rue , bruit des voitures correct !!"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2020

Hôtel la Capelle
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