spring & summer
Physical & technical
Did you know that the Millau Viaduc is the tallest bridge in the world? In fact, it surpasses the Eiffel Tower by 19 meters! To appreciate this marvel from the ground, you can take the route of the Millau Viaduc greenway.
To reach the Millau Viaduc greenway, you briefly follow a small section of road from the parking lot. You’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the Millau Viaduc. Following a combination of wide gravel tracks and narrow trails, you’ll meander along the banks of the Tarn River until you catch a glimpse of the charming village of Peyre across from you.
A few kilometers further, the paths become slightly steeper, with an ascent on gravel. After this climb, you’ll descend until you reach a junction with a country road. Turn right to take a short descent, then climb for a few kilometers to reach Craissac. When you arrive in the village, I advise you to be cautious of Lana, a shepherd dog who is very attracted to wheels and tires! However, don’t worry, she doesn’t bite, she just wants to play, even with bicycles. She may also approach car wheels. If you encounter Lana, I recommend you to stop, as her owners are never too far away and they will call her back so that you can continue your journey safely.
After this stage, the route becomes very diverse. You will travel on country roads, gravel tracks, single tracks, and even a small grassy path to reach the hamlet of Luzençon. Luzençon is a charming village perched on a hill, offering breathtaking views of the Tarn Valley and the city of Millau. When you arrive in the village, you may need to get off your bike if you take the pedestrian path as there is a slight uphill.
Once at the top, you can admire the panoramic view from the elevated platform. Take some time to rest and enjoy the scenery before retracing your steps, this time using the road for the descent.
Next, you head towards St-Georges-de-Luzençon. If you feel like a snack, I recommend making a stop at the Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Le Fournil des 3 Moulins. You can even taste a specialty from Aveyron called “Flaune,” a dessert made with ewe’s milk curd! Originating from Millau, this recipe is a regional and seasonal dessert, traditionally prepared in spring and summer when the curd is obtained during the sheep’s milk production period. Enjoy!
Afterward, you’ll take some paths to reach the Millau Viaduc greenway and return to the parking lot.
This route is relatively short, but it allows you to discover the surrounding landscape of Millau. It is also accessible for all skill levels.
La Soupe au Fromage
- Les Farçous
- Le Gâteau à la Broche
- Les Échaudés