Feel the power
Visit the old town
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.
Get the My Rodez Pass for discounted tickets to Rodez's 3 museums: the Soulages, Denys Puech and Fenaille. On top of that you get an audio-guided tour of the city centre !
Step into the Outrenoir master's museum
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 !
The Fenaille Museum in the Hôtel Jouéry reveals the secrets of its strange statues-menhirs that date from 3000BC. A unique collection in France.
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Go up the belltower !
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.
Rodez: a city to be admired up close and from afar
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.
Explore the villages around Rodez. Onet-le-Château, Sainte-Radegonde, Le Monastère, Olemps: you'll see beautiful Rouergue houses, châteaus and local heritage.
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Rodez, Top Occitania Site
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 Video 3:02 © Grand Rodez 12.
Rodez is in the centre of the Occitania region and as close to Montpellier as it is to Toulouse.
- By car: Rodez is easy to reach on the N88 (Toulouse/Lyon road) where there are countless dual carriageways. It takes 2 hrs from Toulouse on the A68 then the N88. It takes 2 hrs 10 mins from Montpellier on the A75 then the N88.
- By plane: the city's local airport is Rodez-Aveyron Airport 10km from the centre. You can fly here from Paris, Dublin and Brussels.
- By train: direct overnight Paris-Rodez train.