Rodez's majestic cathedral, watching over the small and inviting city, is a wonder of gothic architecture. Dating back to the 12th century, this is one of the world's most impressive examples of medieval architecture. Its bell tower reaches for the sky, and its Virgin Mary statue is nearly 200 feet up. In its shadows, a lively market is overflowing with fresh local produce. It is nestled in the picturesque Avéyron, and it is a short distance from another stunning cathedral in Mende.
The Grand Hôtel Broussy
is a great choice, inexpensive, charming and situated right next to the cathedral. The Hotel La Tour Maje is quaint, and some rooms have views of the cathedral.
Find out more about Rodez
The city of Rodez itself is a surprisingly sophisticated oasis in the midst of an extremely rural setting. There are lovely boutiques here, and several incredible cafés. The city has a well-marked, self-service walking tour of its historic attractions. Get more information on the Rodez Tourism Office
Travel time to the next stop
is about five hours away by train.