Rodez embodies all the charms of the south of France. It has created a strong identity for itself in the heart of a region where nature remains unspoilt.
This hilltop town looks out over the River Aveyron which coils below. Lose yourself in the steep, picturesque streets and admire the imposing ramparts and impressive surroundings. With cobblestones, lavender fields and the sounds of the cicadas, this town – whose name in Occitan is Rodés – looks proudly to the future and blends the preservation of its heritage with the modernisation and diversification of its cultural activities.
Its citizens are referred to as Ruthénois, after the Gallic tribe that founded the city more than two thousand years ago, which speaks volumes about the town's rich history. The former rival areas of Bourg, which was ruled by the local counts, and the Cité, controlled by the bishops, tell the story of the village in the Middle Ages. Some of the bourgeois buildings date from the 15th century, whilst the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral was built and then rebuilt between the 13th and 16th centuries. After the two areas united in the wake of the Hundred Years' War, the town prospered thanks to its markets. Today, the urban area of Grand Rodez includes eight communes including the charmingly named Luc-la-Primaude, Sébazac-Concourès and Onet-le-Château. Discover Rodez' town centre, the nearby villages and the surrounding countryside as the mood takes you!
Rodez is at the crossroads of Southern France and all it has to offer. It is located close to Toulouse and Montpelier, halfway between Marseilles and the Basque Country, and within easy reach of the Mediterranean coast and the mountainous Auvergne region. Start close by. Take in the architectural heritage and visit one of the numerous museums, such as the Denys Puech museum or the recently opened Soulages museum which is a tribute to the local artist. Vast green areas present walkers and fishing lovers with a little piece of heaven.
This urban yet rural town offers something for everyone, whether your holiday in Rodez is all about relaxing or being active.