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Rodez is a town and commune and capital of the Aveyron department in south western France. It is home to around 25000 inhabitants and is a prosperous centre with a diverse culture; a mixture of old and new typified by the Musee Pierre Soulages (this ultra modern facility houses the life's work of its namesake, one of France's most eminent living artists. The Musee, opened in May 2014 by President Hollande, has brought the town back into the cultural limelight. The best places to stay in Rodez enable the visitor to sample a good variety of culture and interest.
Away from the dramatic line of sheet steel and giant boxes that make up the Soulage exhibition, one can visit the gothic masterpiece that is the Cathedral de Notre Dame which dominates the town. The views from its beautifully carved stone bell tower are spectacular.
Among many other sights include the collection of statues-menhirs (the largest in Europe) and the old Carthusian Monastery that now houses the Haras National (national stud).
Gastronomically there is much to take in. Rodez hosts three weekly farmers markers. Many restaurants serve local specialities, notably cheeses and red wine from nearby Marcillac.
Rodez is easy to get to with its own airport and excellent rail links to Paris and Toulouse.
The town is also notable for music venues and festivals. The best known festival is Shabazac in mid June, and Le Guinguelle and Le Studio frequently host concerts.
The best places to stay in Rodez are perfect bases for exploring both the city and the wider surrounding area.
For boutique chic
- La Ferme de Bourran is a seven bedroomed hotel in a private location, decorated in chic, contemporary styles. The Bourran offers first class service and oasis of peace, just outside the bustle of the town.
- The Chateau de Labro, a few minutes from Rodez, offers a sophisticated welcome in a peaceful, leafy setting. Rooms are individually designed and reflect a range of styles. For active types there is much to do: 18 hole golf course (2km away), mountain biking and hiking.
Best Hotels in Rodez
La Ferme de Bourran 7 rooms from £95Rodez, Aveyron
A Four Star manor house in the town centre of Rodez. Plenty of on site activities perfect for families; table tennis, board games, badminton. Contemporary chic rooms with lots of natural light, all the mod cons, and gourmet room service. Large garden, terrace, and pretty villages to discover.Sights nearby - Aveyron’s nicest villages Belcastel, Conques, Sauveterre de Rouergue.Great walks - Good for walkers.
Chateau de Labro 15 rooms from £96Onet-le-Château, Aveyron
A beautiful 17th century chateau set in stunning parklands and vineyards. Lovely bedrooms, a treehouse with a chandelier, and an apartment for two, each extremely luxurious. Excellent French cuisine, an enormous swimming pool, and spa facilities. Very romantic, gourmet.Romantic Break - Stunning surroundings and grand architecture.Wine tasting - The chateau has its own working vineyard.Views - Lovely valley views.Sights nearby - Place d'Armes and Rodez Cathedral.Recommended by - Sawdays