Milau is situated at beautiful site where the River Tarn joins with the Dourbie. Surrounded by white cliffs with the table top hill of Puech d’Andan presiding over the town, the main feature nowadays is the spectacular viaduct which dominates many of the city’s views.


The viaduct alone, is worth a visit. Designed by Norman Foster working with French engineer Michel Virlogeux, it is the tallest vehicle bridge in the world. The highest pier has a height between that of the Eiffel Tower and the Empire state building and offers incredible views across the Languedoc. To visit it, you could of course, cross it by car but because of the barriers, there are no places to stop and absorb the view. There is a tourist bus from the town centre which will give you the best views, opportunities for photographs and a running guided commentary.

If you are able to though, walking up to the viewing point above the bridge itself is well worth the long and steep flight of steps from the information site of the north side of the bridge.


A medieval town, Milau was a major manufacturer of leather goods and still is a major producer of gloves, shoes and top of the range leather items. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes and if you head for the back streets, away from the central fountain, there are many little bistros tucked away as well as good boutiques and shops to browse afterwards.



Carol & Derrick Wild
Address: Cantobre,
12230 Nant, France
Phone: (0033) 0565587997

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