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Villefranche-de-Panat - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aveyron

Small town located inside the territory of the lakes in Aveyron, Lévézou. Villefranche-de-Panat is at the crossroads between Albi, Rodez, Saint-Affrique and Millau. Headquartered at 720 m altitude, common stretches around a lake of 192 hectares since the 50s has become a breeding ground for outdoor activities and family vacations.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude44.0881740 (N 44° 5’ 17”)
Longitude2.7043410 (E 2° 42’ 16”)
AltitudeFrom 260m to 984m
Surface area29.13 km²
Population754 inhabitants
Density25 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureRodez (45 km, 47 min)
Insee code12299
IntercommunalityCC de Lévézou Pareloup

Nearest cities & towns

Lestrade-et-Thouels5.8 km (8 min)
Alrance6.4 km (10 min)
Durenque8.5 km (14 min)
Ayssènes12.2 km (19 min)
Le Truel12.9 km (19 min)
Broquiès13.9 km (18 min)
Connac14.8 km (18 min)
Auriac-Lagast15.2 km (23 min)
Salles-Curan15.2 km (21 min)
Arvieu16.2 km (19 min)
La Selve16.9 km (27 min)
Brousse-le-Château17.5 km (23 min)
Salmiech17.7 km (21 min)
Réquista18.3 km (21 min)

Things to see and do

Villefranche-de-Panat has a range of small historical heritage witnessed an ancient occupation (dolmens, megalith cross...). Old country house, yet it is dominated today by the tower today Peyrebrune belonging to the nearby town of Alrance. Remains of the castle of the lords of Peyrebrune, tower monitors Valley Alrance as in the early days. Visitors will discover through a film and a local history exhibition, an example of architecture "military" and a 360 ° panorama of the surroundings.

The common Villefranche-de-Panat and that of Arance to which it is linked in tourism offer multi-hiking trails from the center of the towns (about 70 km).

With Lake (192 ha), water activities are queens supervised swimming, water sports. Activities: canoeing, optimist, dinghy, pedal boating, fishing... Many facilities available in the municipality (children's fishing area, multi-sport courts, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball, table picnic...). Lake Villefranche-de-Panat is one of the few bases Hydro ULM France.

Recently, a hiking trail around the lake is nearing completion. This trail is passable for 11 km. Punctuated with rest area, it will allow the discovery of the lake in complete relaxation and security.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Villefranche-de-Panat commune is known in his department for its festive tradition. In addition, for several years, local organizations continue to perpetuate existing animations but also to create new ones. There are therefore in the list of major sporting and festive dates:

The loops of the Lake.

Gourmet hike.

The feast of the lake.

Hiking night owls.

The Ruralies.

The walk at dusk.

Ikalana, trail Lévézou.

But also many dates proposed in the monthly program.

During the summer season two markets a week, on Friday morning and Sunday morning.


Aerial view of the lake and its surroundings
Aerial view of the lake and its surroundings
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Mayrac the Beach
Mayrac the Beach
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Bourg Centre
Bourg Centre
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Villefranche-de-Panat is at the center of the great aveyronnais sites: Gorges du Tarn Valley - Rodez - Millau Viaduct - Caves de Roquefort - Micropolis.

You can also discover the natural and historic heritage of the region through walks or car circuits made available in local Tourist Offices.

The listed village of Brousse-le-Château is 15 km.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Discovery Cruise aboard the Heron Raspes
Entertainment12 € Viala-du-Tarn (13.6 km)
Acrobatic trail for all levels of ability
Entertainment21 € Salles-Curan (14.1 km)
Karting at Les Bouscaillous leisure park
Sports sensations17 € Castelnau-Pégayrols (25 km)
Trek with mountain guide
Nature and the great outdoors40 € to 120 € Millau (30 km)
Via Ferrata Canyon in the Gorges du Tarn
Sports sensations35 € Millau (31 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Arasses
Village visitEasy2h00Villefranche-de-Panat
Municipality of Tayrac: from the plateau to the valley
HikeEasy2h30Tayrac (40 km)
Mont Méla Loop
HikeEasy2h00Mélagues (46 km)
The Small Tower
HikeIntermediate3h00Mélagues (46 km)
The Vayssède and the Thalis Ford
HikeEasy1h30Mélagues (46 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals