Millau Travel Guide

  • Bateliers du Viaduc in Creissels
    Bateliers du Viaduc in Creissels
    by Beausoleil
  • Compare the lower bridge to the Viaduc . . . Wow!
    Compare the lower bridge to the Viaduc ....
    by Beausoleil
  • Bypassing Millau with bridge in the distance
    Bypassing Millau with bridge in the...
    by Beausoleil

Millau Things to Do

  • Take a boat ride underneath the Viaduc...

    You first drive to Creissels to catch a small boat that will take you down the Tarn River and underneath the impressive bridge. The boats are very small metal fishing boats so you have to make a reservation to get a seat. They run more boats in high season, but they operate from April to October. Depending on how high the river, it can be quite...

    more
  • Viaduct de Millau

    I am sure there must be other things to do in Millau but I was so impressed by this new viaduct that I spent all my time taking a river boat ride underneath the viaduct on the river Tarn.

    more
  • Visit a Roquefort cellar (2)

    It is forbiden to take pictures in the cellar. So I attach outdoor photographes.But you can see the cheese and the cellar on the Roquefort Papillon website.(Papillon means butterfly).

    more
  • Viaduc de Millau

    This bridge gobbled up 127,000 cu m of concrete, 19,000 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 5000 tonnes of cables and stays. Yet despite these heavyweight superlatives.

    more
  • Point View

    To see the bridge we can stop at the point view and climb a little bit to the small hill and then can see all the beautiful view.....

    more
  • Viaduc de Millau

    This toll bridge, slung across the wide Tarn Valley to link the Causse du Larzac and Causse Rouge, takes the breath away. Designed by the British architect Sir Norman Foster, it’s true work of industrial art and an amazing feat of engineering. Only 7 pylons, hollow and seemingly slim as needles, support 2.5km of four-lane motorway. Rising above the...

    more
  • Millau City

    I didn’t Have chance to visit Millau city, with my tight schedule of my trip, so just can admired this city from far away. But one day Hope have a chance to transit in this city.Millau (pronounced mee-yo) squeezes between the Causse Noir and Causse du Larzac at the confluence of the Rivers Tarn and Dourbie. Tough falling just over the border into...

    more
  • Salles-Curan and Lac de Pareloup

    Perched up on the plateau area of Lozère is the small town of Salles-Curan. It's not particularly memorable but we stopped by for something to eat and went for a wander in the older back streets of the town. The pictures show something of what we found. The window box displays were clearly one of the owner's pleasures.Our reason for going over to...

    more
  • Visit the Viaduct Museum

    On the road out west from Millau towards Peyre you will pass directly underneath the Viaduct. There is a Museum/exhibition centre located very near to the main column. It was quite busy when we stopped by and we decided we didn't want to pay the extra entrance fee but it would be good to do on a rainy day. You can get some good photos of the bridge...

    more
  • Canoe down the Tarn Gorge

    There are very many canoe agencies along the River Tarn so just visit the local Tourist information office and they will happily put you in touch with one of the organisations. We chose to do the full day starting just up river from Ste Enimie. It's such a beautiful gorge that we hadn't tired of it when we had completed more or less the same trip a...

    more
  • Jump off a mountain and glide down

    Try your hand at Parapente. Millau is a good place for novices to do this. We found a number of organisations that offer a tandem opportunity for beginners. Basically an experienced pilot does all the work and the novice sits in a big pouch below the pilot. My wife and my daughter both wanted to do it and so we booked for an afternoon flight - it...

    more
  • Le Viaduc

    There is no substitute for seeing it in person. NONE of the photos or video we looked at in preparation for the visit prepared us for the visual impact of this engineering marvel. Get the list of view points from the 'Air' and visit each and every one. At night, it something surrealistic, extraterrestrial.

    more
  • canoe-tour

    We (a group of teenies) spent 5-6 days rowing down the Tarn (I think from Ste. Enimie to Millau) with several canoes and tents. Great experience, fun and views!(PS: It's been a while... 1991 maybe)

    more
  • Unfinished viaduct

    This photo, taken on May 21st 2004 should be one of the last of the viaduct before its completion on May 28th. However, though the road way will be complete at this date, it will not open to traffic before December 17th 2004. For more, look at Ouverture viaduc and at Viaduc de Millau

    more
  • Look down at the Eiffel tower !

    This close up, allows to better see how the Millau viaduct compare with the Eiffel tower, in blue. The top platform (3rd level) of the Tour Eiffel is several meters lower than the roadway of the Millau viaduct. The highest structure (antenna) of the Tour Eiffel is much lower than the highest superstructure of the Millau viaduct.

    more
  • Who want to play tennis 270 m above the...

    It is hard to believe that on top of pillar number 2 (the highest), a tennis court could be set up ! Though, this is true ! But who would want to play tennis 270 meters above the ground, especially if the players have to collect themselves the balls going out of the court ?

    more
  • The road itself

    The road itself, 32m wide, is amazingly thin.It is a ribbon of steel of only 14 mm thickness, that will be covered by three successive layers, the top one being 60 mm of macadam coating. It has to fulfill with very harsh conditions : the temperature will extend from -35°c to +45°C, inducing a possible dilatation of 2.2 m on the whole length ! The...

    more
  • Close up of a span

    Two grey concrete pillars sustain each span. During the building process, an intermediate red iron pillar has been added, that will be removed once the definitive stays (shrouds ?) will be set. That can be seen on the diagrams shown on another tip.

    more
  • Under the Millau viaduct

    When you are under the Millau viaduct, you begin to realize that it is really huge, but to what extent is difficult to evaluate. Each span is built at ground level, off the viaduct, and slowly shifted to the place where it will go. This handling, though often used in bridge building, needs a very high level technology, as it had never been used at...

    more
  • Eiffel tower, Big Ben, and others

    Hard to believe either that the roadway (270 m) is just a little lower than the Eiffel tower (320 m) but the top stays higher (343 m).Brussels atomium, Madrid Escorial, London Big Ben, Gizeh pyramids and Mont Saint-Michel are shown on this diagram together with the Eiffel tower.The higher pile is P2 with 245m, P3 is only 230m. The lowest is P7 with...

    more
  • The new Millau viaduct and an old Millau...

    The architecture is really very different, the old bridge very heavy, strong and deeply rooted in the ground. The new viaduct very thin, aerial and seeming to fly from the Larzac plateau to the Causse Rouge (red Causse) plateau.

    more
  • Visit a Roquefort cellar (1)

    The small city of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (department of Aveyron) is the capital of the famous cheese : the Roquefort.It is a sheep cheese with green spots made by moulds of bread. The taste is very strong and unusual for somebody coming from USA.It is eaten on a slide of bread and with a glass of local wine (red or sweet white).Unfortunatly, you...

    more
  • Roquefort : the legend

    Once upon a time, a young shepherd of Aveyron was hungry.He sheltered in a cave and took out from his bag a piece of bread and a sheep cheese (which was not already a Roquefort).Suddenly, he saw a young and cute female colleague, put his cheese and bread on a rock and went to try to charm her.The beauty was not easy and he had to make miles and...

    more
  • Visit the Pont de Millau construction...

    The site of the bridge can be visited.On the picture shot from the panorama, we can see the shape of the future bridge upon the valley.

    more

Millau Hotels

See all 18 Hotels in Millau

Millau Restaurants

  • Try the aligot

    Aligot is a dish from Aubrac, a region of south central France, between Aveyron, Cantal and Lozère: mashed potatoes added with cream, fresh hard cheese and garlic. It is "worked" in order to make it smooth and flowing.

    more
  • Millau specialty

    The ''trenel'' millavois is a close relative to the tripoux from Auvergne. It is made of seasoned mutton tripes, cooked until very smooth.

    more
  • An historical restaurant

    I do not advice to go to Mac Donald but this one is special.Some years ago, Jose Bove, the French anti-internationalist leader, and a goup of followers went there and took down the restaurant. They consider Mc Do as the symbol of the "mal-bouffe" (bad food), the US power and the internationazation of the society.

    more

Millau Off The Beaten Path

  • Northwards view from the belvedere.

    From the belvedere, the northwards landscape is completely different from what it was on the other side. In this direction, erosion has carved a deep valley, with steep sides. The belvedere is overlooking the Dourbie gorges and the Causses.

    more
  • Southwards view from the belvedere

    This picture shows the southwards view from the belvedere. In this direction, all the rocks have been deeply carved by erosion and offer the most typical aspect of the chaos with a labyrinth of dry rocks with rich vegetation growing in each crack.

    more
  • The top belvedere

    The top belvedere offers a general view on the whole chaos. The path is slippery when wet, which was the case on our visit ! The Causse (the plateau) in the background is barren while the chaos has a very rich vegetation : when it rains on the Causse, water infiltrates very fast and waters the chaos. However, when hiking, you should not rely on...

    more

Millau Favorites

See all 18 Favorites in Millau
  • Coat of arm

    On some of the older doors coats of arm are carved. This one has a rose at the bottom and stars in various places. I don't know its meaning and to whom it belongs. This is not the coat of arm of the city of Millau which is "D'or à quatre pals de gueules, au chef d'azur chargé de trois fleurs de lis d'or".

    more
  • Out of Place Foch

    You can go out of the market of Place Foch by another covered passage. Millau, though only at 350 m elevation, can be pretty snowy. In Winter, these passages give a protected environment that allows to go from one house to another and to avoid the snow.

    more
  • Flowers corner

    At one end of the square, flowers are presented. We visited Millau in Spring and the plane trees had not yet many leaves, which does not matter much as the sun does not yet burn too badly. In Summer, fortunately, the market place will get shade from the trees and the flowers will keep well.

    more

Instant Answers: Millau

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

85 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Millau
Gigantic figures
Off The Beaten Path
A hole in the mountain
Off The Beaten Path
The Porte de Mycènes
Off The Beaten Path
Close up on the prehistoric shelters
Off The Beaten Path
Shelters
Off The Beaten Path
Fabulous figures
Off The Beaten Path
The cliffs around the chaos
Off The Beaten Path
Montpellier-le-Vieux
Off The Beaten Path
Fruits, spices, etc...
Favorites
Lumps of bread
Favorites
Fruits, delicatessen, etc...
Favorites
Inside the covered market
Favorites
''Le ventre de Millau''
Favorites
The covered market
Favorites
Vaulted passage to the market
Favorites
Elementary school art work
Favorites
The school of music
Favorites
Old and modern
Favorites
The belffrey
Favorites
Local gastronomy on Monday
Restaurants
La Malene
Off The Beaten Path
Cirque de St Chely du Tarn
Off The Beaten Path
Montpellier le Vieux
Favorites
Aven Armand
Favorites
Les Gorges du Tarn
Favorites
Millau, to the foot of the Larzac,
Favorites
Map of Millau

View all Millau hotels