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

Small village in the heart of Lévézou, Villefranche-de-Panat is located at the cross-way between Albi, Rodez and Millau Saint-Afrique. Established 720 m above sea level, its 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 witness of an ancient occupation (dolmens, megalith cross...). Old country house, it is still dominated today by the tower today Peyrebrune belonging to the nearby town of Alrance. Remains of the castle of the lords of Peyrebrune, the tower monitors Valley Alrance as in the early days. Visitors can discover through a film and a local history exhibition, an example of architecture "military" and a 360 ° panorama of the surroundings.

The municipality of Villefranche-de-Panat well as that of Arance to which it is linked in tourism offer multiple hiking trails starting from the center of the villages (about 70 km).

With Lake (192 ha), water activities are queens supervised swimming, pedal boats, canoes.... Many equipment made available on the town (of course fishing for children, multi-sports courts, skate park, picnic tables...). Lake Villefranche-de-Panat is one of the few bases Hydro ULM France.

A hiking trail around the lake is nearing completion. This trail is passable for 11 km. Punctuated with rest area, it will enable a 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. Festivals, sporting events, the calendar is rich and eclectic:

The loop of the lake: running race for all in May.

The lake festival around July 14.

Hiking night owls.

The Ruralies panatoises: 4th of July weekend, the event showcases the rural and local agriculture..

The walk at dusk.

Ikalana, trail Lévézou 15 August.

And new in 2016: Triathlon Lévézou the last weekend of August.

But also many activities offered throughout the year.

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

The monthly fair is held every fourth Thursday of the month.


Mayrac beach
Mayrac beach
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water jet on Alrance
water jet on Alrance
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Stand up paddle on the lake
Stand up paddle on the lake
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Aerial view
Aerial view
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Fijaguet Church
Fijaguet Church
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The Way around the lake in progress
The Way around the lake in progress
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Hydro ULM
Hydro ULM
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Fishing Course for under 12
Fishing Course for under 12
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Zumba outdoor
Zumba outdoor
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Bow Lake
Bow Lake
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Wednesday 26 october
Min. 18°C - Max. 18°C
Thursday 27 october
Min. 16°C - Max. 16°C
Friday 28 october
Min. 15°C - Max. 15°C

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
Cultural trail on a scenic train in the Raspes gorges
Entertainment5 € to 9 € Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu (11 km)
The Sistine Chapel of Rouergue and its Mural Art centre
Culture and education5 € Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu (11 km)
Acrobatic trail for all levels of ability
Entertainment21 € Salles-Curan (14.1 km)
Mountain trek with a guide
Nature and the great outdoors40 € to 120 € Millau (30 km)
Two-seat paraglider sightseeing flight
Sports sensations60 € to 220 € Millau (30 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Arasses
Village visitEasy2h00Villefranche-de-Panat
The Lion’s Rock (Rocher du Lion)
Village visitEasy2h00La Bastide-Pradines (29 km)
Municipality of Tayrac: from the plateau to the valley
HikeEasy2h30Tayrac (40 km)
Mont Méla Loop
HikeEasy2h00Mélagues (46 km)
The Small Tower
HikeIntermediate3h00Mélagues (46 km)


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