Artistic and Historical Cities

The Rignac Area is ideally located for visiting the Aveyron district as well as the nearby Tarn and Lot districts. Here are some of the sites we recommend.


27 km – 31 min from Rignac

Rodez is the capital city of the Aveyron department. It has a little bit more than two-thousand years of history. It is the perfect combination between art and history. First of all, Rodez has its own identity with its impressive gothic cathedral and its mansions. But, this city is also a cultural capital for the region with three important museums. The Denis Puech Museum dedicated to this local sculptor/painter. The Fenaille Museum is an Archeological Museum where you can find all the archeological discoveries of the region (from the prehistorical period to the Middle-Ages). And last but not least, The Soulages Museum which has the largest collection from the internationally renowned artist Pierre Soulages.


We advise you :

  • To visit the three museum
  • To do a guided tour of the city and its cathedral
  • To visit the historical center




39 km – 55 min from Rignac

Figeac is the second largest city in the Lot department and it is also Champollion's birth place. Thanks to the Rosette stone this language prodigy solved the mystery of Egyptian hieroglyphs. This stone was composed of a text written in three different languages (including ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian). He created an Ancient Egyptian Grammar and an Ancient Egyptian Dictionary. His birth house is now a museum dedicated to Egyptology and the different ancient writings from all over the world. The rest of the city is worth visiting too. Figeac has a very rich past that you can discover thanks to the fancy medieval mansions, houses and warehouses you'll find downtown. Most of them were built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. You'll discover sculpted facades, carved windows, coat of arms, and opened attics used to dry different products...


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Millau viaduc

90 km - 1h30 from Rignac

Inside the Parc Régional des Grands Causses, Millau is especially known for its Viaduct, which has the world Record for its height: 343 meters high. During the antiquity, it was a very famous place for pottery, leather and gloves. Millau is also famous for outdoors sports such as: paragliding hiking, canoeing, climbing, Via Ferrata … It welcomes great events like: the Natural Games and the Templar Festival.


We advise you :

  • To go to the Viaduct Belvedere to learn everything about this site and enjoy the landscape
  • To visit the Causse Gantier and Maison Fabre Factories to buy some fabulous handmade leather gloves

Not Far away :

  • Peyre, one of « The most Beautiful Villages in France »
  • The Roquefort Cellars
  • The Templar and hospital sites of Larzac
  • The Causses & Cévennes Areas (listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List)