The viaduct itself is definitely worth seeing ! But it does not detract from the treasures of the Art and History town of Millau asurrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Parc Naturel Régional des Grands Causses, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Millau owes its fame to leather production and glove-making too. It is a town with a rich history but also has an eye to the future as an outdoor sports capital.
The town has already hosted the Rock-climbing World Cup and the Natural Games Festival and has invested in numerous facilities over the past few years : trail running tracks, footpaths, Via Ferrata and rock-climbing routes. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or outdoor sports and activities, good food or places of interest, you will find everything you need here : peace and quiet, plenty of activities and magnificent, unspoilt scenery !
The Millau Viaduct is by far the biggest visitor attraction in Aveyron. Over a million visitors every year stop at the Brocuéjouls viewing area beside the A75 southbound, just after the toll booths. Its triangular shaped cables and pillars give it the appearance of a ship floating above the Tarn Valley. It is 2,460m long and is 349m at its highest point, 19m higher than the Eiffel Tower. The tallest pier is 245m and 85,000m³ (206,000 tonnes) of concrete were used in its construction. Although the Viaduct brought Millau right up to date, it did not erase its history which is outlined at the Gallo-Roman site of Gaufrenque and the Musée de Millau and represented by numerous buildings such as the church of Notre Dame de l’Espinasse, the Belltower and the ‘lavoir’ (wash pool) at Ayrolle. The town’s architecture passes from the Middle Ages through the Age of Enlightenment to the 19th century, the golden age of the leather and glove-making trades for which Millau is still renowned today.