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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
TerritoryMassif Central, Midi-Pyrénées

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)
Saint-Victor-et-Melvieu21 km (31 min)

Things to see and do

Villefranche-de-Panat has a range of little historical heritage witness of an ancient occupation (dolmens, megalith cross...). Old country house, yet it is dominated today by the tower Peyrebrune today belonging to the neighboring 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 ° view of the surroundings.

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

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

A path to circumnavigate the lake was opened in July 2016. An exceptional ride over 10 km that will allow you to tour the lake Villefranche-de-Panat Alrance safely. Joggers, walkers, cyclists, this circuit will offer an infinite variety of sensations closer to the nature. To discover without waiting !

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 the beach
Mayrac the beach
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Lake Trail tour of
Lake Trail tour of
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Water Jet on the Alrance
Water Jet on the 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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Way around the lake in progress
Way around the lake in progress
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Hydro ULM
Hydro ULM
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Courses for fishing under 12
Courses for fishing under 12
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outdoor Zumba
outdoor Zumba
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Lake Loop
Lake Loop
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Friday 20 october
Min. 11°C - Max. 16°C
Saturday 21 october
Min. 9°C - Max. 14°C
Sunday 22 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 10°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
Sightseeing cruise aboard the H‚ron des Raspes
Entertainment12 € Viala-du-Tarn (13.6 km)
Via Ferrata or Canyoning in the Tarn Gorges
Sports sensations39 € Millau (31 km)
Two-seater tandem paraglider flight over the Grands Causses
Sports sensations60 € to 150 € Millau (31 km)
Canoe kayak hire in the Tarn Gorges
Sports sensations14 € to 19 € Mostuéjouls (40 km)
Learn how Lacaune ham is made
Local flavours3 € Lacaune (42 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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