Take advantage of your stay at Le Peyrelade campsite to familiarize yourself with the city of Millau. An essential destination in the Occitanie region, the city has nearly 22,000 inhabitants. It is about half an hour's drive from the campsite. It is not very far from other charming destinations, in particular Rodez and Montpellier, located respectively 70 and 120 km away.
Millau is a delight for nature lovers and outdoor sports enthusiasts of all kinds. The city also seduces with the richness of its heritage, known in particular for emblematic places such as the viaduct that bears its name, its museum, the Graufesenque site, the Pont-Vieux, the Belfry Tower...
The historical monuments of Millau
The Old Bridge :
the bridge, whose origins date back to the 11th century, originally had seventeen arches (only two remain) and three fortified towers, the second of which included the famous “Moulin du Roi”. A flood of the Tarn that occurred in the middle of the 18th century caused the collapse of the bridge. The monument now only has two arches, the piles supporting them as well as the lower parts of the mill.
The Belfry Tower :
Built at the end of the 12th century, during the reign of King Alphonse II of Aragon, the building is recognizable by its square shape. It has been surmounted, since the 17th century, by an octagonal tower designed to house the clock and the communal bell. The tower is 42 m high and has more than two hundred steps. At the top, visitors enjoy an exceptional view of the city and the surrounding causses.
The Church of Our Lady of Espinasse
The foundation of the Sainte-Marie de Millau church by the viscounts of Millau dates back to the 11th century. It later became Notre-Dame de l'Espinasse church because it kept in its treasury a relic of Christ's crown of thorns. The building has been listed as a historical monument since 1945.
The Museum of Millau and the Grands Causses is a delight for history and archeology enthusiasts. It has no less than thirty exhibition rooms devoted to paleontology, prehistory and regional archaeology, but also to gloves and tanning. Among the establishment's collections are numerous fossils, important Palaeolithic to Neolithic furniture, vases from the Roman Empire... It is the Hôtel de Pegayerolles, a beautiful 18th century building, which houses the museum, at the heart of the historic center of Millau. In addition to temporary exhibitions, the establishment regularly organizes various events such as conferences or concerts.
Whether doing sporting activities in the heart of nature or visiting historic places or natural sites, holidaymakers can indulge themselves in several ways in Millau or the surrounding area: