The South of France has always been a favoured destination for a holiday home and with very good reason. With a flight time to Rodez of 1hour 30mins from Southampton Airport, you can be relaxing in your maison secondaire within a couple of hours.
However, some might not have considered Rodez…until now! Its rural location could have put off many potential holiday home buyers but in 2014 new motorways and dual carriageways were built making it much more accessible.It’s partly thanks to the previous isolation that the heart of Rodez is relatively unspoilt.
Packed full of history and tradition, enclosed by old Roman and medieval city walls, a maze of narrow streets, shaded alleyways and quaint squares…all waiting to be explored.
Reasons for Rodez
- It’s the capital of the Aveyron Region
- Offers city pleasures without leaving the countryside
- Main event of the summer is Estivada - an inter-regional five day festival of music, singing, theatre, literature, storytelling, poetry, dance, cinema and conferences.
- The pink sandstone cathedral of Our Lady is one of the most beautiful monuments of Gothic style in southern France
- The old town features historic town houses and private mansions from the 14th-17th centuries
- Le Monastère with its abbey and medieval bridge crossing the Aveyron River is a stunning sight
- If you love French cuisine, you’ll be bowled over by the local produce in the region…especially Aligot.
Avignon & Midi-Pyrenees
Avignon is a gorgeous town set on the banks of the River Rhone, peppered with history and culture, and probably best known for the remarkable Pope's Palace. It’s also a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site full of architectural treasures, cobbled streets, and 18th century waterwheels.
Avignon & Mid-Pyrenees the terrain here will not disappoint!The region of Midi-Pyrenees is awash with stunning landscapes, history and medieval villages. The skyline meets the majestic Pyrenees mountains making the region a perfect destination for hiking, climbing and the thrill-seekers. It is France’s largest region in terms of surface area and nature occupies a large part of that, so one thing is for sure, you will find a huge variety of flora and fauna here.
The Pyrenees playground
- For the wine enthusiasts, take a tasting tour of the Chateauneuf du Pape
- Art lovers can peruse around The Angladon Museum with works by the greats - Picasso, Monet and Cezanne
- For the energetic explorer, why not take in the fresh mountain air of the heights of the Alps or the feet of the Pyrenees.
- The most daring can even paraglide off the top of a cliff