: Toulouse and Montpellier
There are many picturesque small villages to visit in the region. One of the most famous is Najac, with it's château overlooking the village. Here are some descriptions of other particularly delightful local villages:
- A stop on the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela, cobblestoned Conques boasts an enormous abbey, whose ninth-century gold Sainte Foix treasure is a medieval masterpiece.
- In tiny Belcastel, the castle towers above medieval houses, an ancient stone bridge, and the Michelin-starred Restaurant du Vieux Pont (+33 565 64 52 29); perfect for Sunday lunch.
- Sauveterre de Rouergue, a 13th-century bastide, is centred on an arcaded square with half-timbered houses, low ramparts, and craft shops. In the village of Clairvaux d'Aveyron, the Domaine Laurens produces distinctive purple Marcillac wine.
- A little farther away are Roquefort sur Soulzon, whose caverns are home to the tangy blue cheese, and Millau, where the viaduct is as much a sculpture as a bridge.
Other Activities: Canoeing