Located in a very special natural environment at the heart of the Grands Causses Regional Nature Park, the welcoming little town of Millau invites you to discover all its attractions.
Overlooking old Millau from a height of 42 metres, the belfry, consisting of a 12th-century square tower and a 17th-century octagonal tower, offers a superb panoramic view over the roofs of the town, the famous Millau Viaduct and the unspoilt landscapes of the Grands Causses.
Continue your tour of the historic centre with picturesque side streets dotted with shops, Place du Maréchal Foch with its fountain and covered market, the Ayrolle washhouse, and the Museum of Millau and the Grands Causses. The latter, based in the Pégayrolles Mansion, has collections about palaeontology, prehistory, Gallo-Roman and medieval archaeology, as well as an exhibition about leather tanning and glove-making, two traditional activities the town is famous for.
Sub-prefecture of southern Aveyron in the heart of Regional Natural Park of Grands Causses. Its territory is developed on the plateau right bank of Red Tarn, on the opposite shore on the plateau of Larzac; right bank of the Black Dourbie on the mesa.
During the first centuries of Roman occupation Condatomag (market confluence) was an important commercial center with the famous Samian pottery of Graufesenque. The industry faces competition dwindled in the late 2nd century.
In the 5th century the city gradually moved to the right bank of the Tarn and become Amiliavum then Millau.
In the 18th century, the industry of the skin gradually replaces the old cloth industry.
The 19th century will be the growth industry of the glove in the 20th century 12,000 people live in the glove industry and the tannery, and this activity is strongly represented today.
Currently Millau and its surrounding region has many assets, saw its tourism take a big part in the economy of this sector.