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Aveyron Facts

- Surface area:
- Elevation:
  144 m (472 ft.) to
   1,463 m (4799 ft.)
- Land use:
  Farming, 59%
   Forest, 30%
- Population:
  roughly 280,000
- Population density:
  Aveyron 31/km2
   France: 112/km2
- The highest density of
   paved roads in all of
  66,600 kms!!


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Between green tourism and cultural tourism, Figeac, an hour-drive from Cahors in the Lot, is the town entertaining an exceptional heritage, and honouring the memory of pharaohs. In Figeac, you can follow the path of Champollion, famous for having deciphered hieroglyphics and born there in 1790.

Figeac seduces by its vitality and its style, but as well by the beauty of its surrounding countryside; mountain reliefs reaching north to the Massif Central, pastoral landscapes of the Quercy causses plateaus, the meandering and cliffs of the splendid Célé valley.

Figeac's enviable location has made it a town in bloom. In close contact with trading routes that fed France's south, it became a trading force in the 12th century, as well as a halt on the routes to Santiago de Compostela.

The historic heart of Figeac offers a landscape of rare harmony. Here one can be found living, dwelling, and shopping. It's in this warm atmosphere one finds a remarkable preserved collection of houses and palaces dating from the Middle Ages by rich merchants.