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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Aveyron

Nestled in the heart of Aveyron, Occitania, Arvieu is a charming little village of nearly 900 inhabitants. It is located in the arrondissement of Millau, between Lévézou and Ségala. Haven of peace, Arvieu seduces visitors with its unspoiled scenery and numerous activities.

The town of Arvieu, which was inhabited in Gallo-Roman times, as evidenced by some remains found during excavations, suffered several attacks, in the 16th century, as well as in 1793. During this second battle, the village was besieged by A group of counter-revolutionaries who plundered the richest dwellings on the site.

Today, Arvieu is especially appreciated for its tourist activity linked to its natural heritage, as well as to its architectural heritage. Walking through the village, one can indeed admire many monuments testifying to the ancient richness of the site.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude44.1928810 (N 44° 11’ 34”)
Longitude2.6610560 (E 2° 39’ 40”)
AltitudeFrom 606m to 929m
Surface area46.91 km²
Population856 inhabitants
Density18 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureRodez (28 km, 37 min)
Insee code12011
IntercommunalityCC de Lévézou Pareloup
TerritoryMassif Central, Midi-Pyrénées

Nearest cities & towns

Trémouilles8.9 km (13 min)
Salmiech10.5 km (15 min)
Canet-de-Salars11.1 km (14 min)
Alrance11.3 km (15 min)
Comps-la-Grand-Ville12.6 km (20 min)
Durenque13.1 km (18 min)
Auriac-Lagast13.9 km (21 min)
Cassagnes-Bégonhès14.5 km (23 min)
Pont-de-Salars14.8 km (20 min)
Villefranche-de-Panat16.2 km (19 min)
Prades-Salars17.2 km (25 min)
Flavin17.6 km (25 min)
Sainte-Juliette-sur-Viaur18.4 km (28 min)
Salles-Curan19.1 km (24 min)
La Selve22 km (30 min)

Things to see and do

The chapel of Notre-Dame d'Aures, dating from the 12th century, is listed in the Historic Monuments. Modified between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century, it presents a very elegant Romanesque style. One can notably admire a Renaissance portal, as well as a statue of Saint Foy in polychrome stone from the 15th century and classified as Historic Monuments as an object.

Do not hesitate to ask for the key of the chapel of Saint-André de Clauzelles to the neighboring house, the building deserves the effort. Built in the first half of the 12th century, it has in its interior a 14th century statue, a copy of the Virgin of Our Lady of Embergues.

There are not less than three castles that stand in the territory of Arvieu. The first, the Chateau Saint-Louis, now houses the town hall of the village. This bourgeois house of the early nineteenth century still has two turrets, a mill and a pond. The feudal castle, which dates from the end of the fourteenth century, served as a convent for nuns before becoming the property of the town hall. You can still see a truncated tower, the cross of Saint-Jean d'Astugue of the seventeenth century, a staircase, or niches with statues. The bell tower of the church, once used as a keep, is one of the few authentic remains of this feudal castle. Do not miss the castle of Montfranc, at the end of the 18th century. Today private property, it presents a large wooded park as well as a tower very imposing.

Fifth lake of France with its hundred kilometers of banks, the lake of Pareloup is a high place of the tourism in Arvieu and allows the practice of sailing or bathing.

During hikes or other walks, you will discover the rock of the Devil, three big rocks superimposed with a beak, or even the peat bog Founs. This wetland has a particularly rich flora and fauna, and various educational panels explain the natural phenomena of the surrounding area. A botanical trail also allows, between June and September, to appreciate the flora of the region thanks to a didactic booklet.

If you take the direction of Cantou, the cultural center of Arvieu, do not miss to discover the wooden sculpture exhibition of the garden.

Events and festivities

The village offers a weekly market on Wednesday morning between July and August, as well as a fair every first Wednesday of the month.

Every last weekend in May, the Mac d'Oc unveils concerts, tastings of local burgers and various entertainments for all ages.

At the beginning of June, the water festival offers various activities such as a hike, demonstrations of sailing and rowing, exhibitions or activities for children.

At the beginning of August, the festival of the summerers highlights aperitif concerts, fireworks, or even festive meals.

The Even Winter Festival is held in the beginning of November with concerts, a lively meal and a belote tournament.


Saturday 21 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 15°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 10°C
Monday 23 october
Min. 6°C - Max. 13°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Sightseeing cruise aboard the H‚ron des Raspes
Entertainment12 € Viala-du-Tarn (22 km)
Via Ferrata or Canyoning in the Tarn Gorges
Sports sensations39 € Millau (35 km)
Two-seater tandem paraglider flight over the Grands Causses
Sports sensations60 € to 150 € Millau (35 km)
Canoe kayak hire in the Tarn Gorges
Sports sensations14 € to 19 € Mostuéjouls (42 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Arasses
Village visitEasy2h00Villefranche-de-Panat (12.1 km)
Municipality of Tayrac: from the plateau to the valley
HikeEasy2h30Tayrac (34 km)
The Lion’s Rock (Rocher du Lion)
Village visitEasy2h00La Bastide-Pradines (37 km)
Laurélie, Bor and Bar
Village visitEasy3h00Bor-et-Bar (46 km)
The Chestnut trees : walk around Najac n°6
HikeIntermediate4h50Najac (54 km)


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