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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Insee code12300
AltitudeFrom 237 to 544 meters
Surface45.85 km²
Population12496 inhabitants
Density272 inhabitants/km²


National labelsToulonjac at 5.6 km (11 min)
Chief townRodez (at 57 km, 58 min)Morlhon-le-Haut at 5.8 km (8 min)
DepartmentAveyronSaint-Rémy at 7.6 km (11 min)
RegionMidi-PyrénéesSearch another town


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Royal bastide built in 1252 by Alphonse de Poitiers, Comte de Toulouse and brother of St. Louis, Villefranche-de-Rouergue is located in the center of the triangle formed by Cahors, Albi and Rodez, in the heart of a country that stretches from the valley of the Lot the gorges of the Aveyron. New Town Middle Ages, Villefranche has retained its original medieval town plan, organized around the main shopping streets.


  • At the option of many streets with quaint names opposing houses of stone and mud houses, it is guided step by step towards the Place Notre Dame. True heart of the walled town, surrounded by arcades surmounted by Gothic mansions and Renaissance.
  • The imposing tower of the collegiate watch calmly the silent witnesses of the history of the city: the Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur (1452), the Château de Graves (1543-1553), the Baroque chapel of the Black Penitents or Chapelle Saint-Jacques (1455).
  • Guided tours of the city (old city center):
  • In July and August, Monday to Friday at 15h, night tours: Thursdays at 21h30 from mid-July to late August.
  • Other periods: Audio guides are available at the tourist office.
  • Chapel of penitents black and chartreuse Saint-Sauveur: These two monuments are open for personal visits from April to June and heritage days in late October: Tuesday to Saturday afternoons. From July 1 to heritage days, these two monuments are open daily.
  • A train you can explore the city and its monuments from late April to late September.
  • For more information, tourist office welcomes you Villefranche-de-Rouergue:
  • All year Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 14h to 18h and Saturday from 9am to 12pm.
  • From 2 May to 1 October: Saturday afternoon until 18h and 19h to weeknights in July and August on Sunday mornings from 10am to 12.30pm.
  • Address: Maison du tourisme - Drive Guiraudette.
  • Tel. : 00 33 (0) 5 65 45 13 18 - Email:
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Information pointsTourist Office of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Leisure centresGolf Course of the Totche,   Municipal Museum Urbain Cabrol
MonumentsCastle of Veuzac,   Chapel of the Pénitents Noirs,   Charterhouse Saint-Sauveur


  • True to its tradition of natural trading hub, Villefranche-de-Rouergue attaches particular importance to its markets:
  • Every Thursday morning, the langue d'oc pace instead Notre Dame, where the weekly market combines the diversity of local produce: foie gras, confit, sausages, cheeses, poultry, cakes, rissoles, and aligot Aveyron veal. .. A feast for the eyes and taste buds.
  • In summer, the night markets of producer countries animate the spaces.
  • In Villefranche, the summer is a succession of classical music or jazz in prestigious venues such as Chartreuse Saint-Sauveur, the abbey of Loc-Dieu, the collegiate church of Notre-Dame or the St-Jean.
  • Festivals:
  • Everyone sings in Aveyron against cancer: early July, a festival of French variety.
  • Musical Nights: late July, a festival of chamber music.
  • Festival in country house: the second week of August, theater and street entertainment ...


The arches of the Place Notre DameThe arches of the Place Notre Dame
The old bridge Villefranche-de-RouergueThe old bridge Villefranche-de-Rouergue
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Aerial view of the market Villefranche-de-RouergueAerial view of the market Villefranche-de-Rouergue
The roofs of the walled town of Villefranche-de-RouergueThe roofs of the walled town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Charterhouse St. Saviour Villefranche-de-RouergueCharterhouse St. Saviour Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Charterhouse St. Saviour (© Gilles Tordjemann )Charterhouse St. Saviour (© Gilles Tordjemann )
Charterhouse St. Saviour (© Gilles Tordjemann)Charterhouse St. Saviour (© Gilles Tordjemann)
The Chapel of the Black Penitents Villefranche-de-RouergueThe Chapel of the Black Penitents Villefranche-de-Rouergue
The altarpiece in the chapel of the Black Penitents to Villefranche-de-RouergueThe altarpiece in the chapel of the Black Penitents to Villefranche-de-Rouergue
The Chapel ceiling in the Black Penitents Villefranche-de-RouergueThe Chapel ceiling in the Black Penitents Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Market Villefranche-de-RouergueMarket Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Our Place LadyOur Place Lady
The Collegiate Notre DameThe Collegiate Notre Dame
Another view of the Place Notre DameAnother view of the Place Notre Dame
Notre Dame PlaceNotre Dame Place
Stall of the Notre DameStall of the Notre Dame
Stall of the Notre DameStall of the Notre Dame
Stall of the Notre DameStall of the Notre Dame
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Stall of the Notre DameStall of the Notre Dame
Stall of the Notre DameStall of the Notre Dame
Stall of the Notre DameStall of the Notre Dame
Grid of the baptistery of the Notre DameGrid of the baptistery of the Notre Dame
The flea market at the Guiraudet Villefranche-de-RouergueThe flea market at the Guiraudet Villefranche-de-Rouergue
Festival in bastide Villefranche-de-RouergueFestival in bastide Villefranche-de-Rouergue



This old fortified town has a superb medieval square with archways!
An old Cistercian abbey reminiscent of a fortress
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