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Leather-loving Millau and its nearby gorgeous gorges
Millau (pronounced: Mee-yo) is a charming micro-city tucked among surrounding mountains, like tea leaves settled in the bottom of a cup. It's a prosperous town with excellent shopping. The star attraction: leather goods. Millau has had an active leather industry since the 12th-century. The range of goods available here is enormous, from handbags to haute fashion, and well-priced. Prominent among the dealers are the many salons of André Salses, open M-F, 9-12:30, 14:30-19, Sat. 10-12:30, 14:30-19. The Tarn and Dourbie rivers join at Millau, so the town also makes an excellent jumping off point for tours of the Tarn, Jonte and Dourbie gorges. The Tarn and its tributary, the Jonte, converge at le Rozier, a picturesque hamlet with a generous helping of restaurants. The Tarn gorges, Michelin rhapsodizes, "are one of the most spectacular sights in the Causses region." Canoe/kayak rentals are available at many spots along the Tarn. But the less-trafficked Jonte gorge above le Rozier is equally magnificent, with eagles soaring above you.

The river Tarn runs through Millau. The surrounding landscape delights the eye: limestone plateaux cut by deep river valleys.
Hiking in the region abounds. The Chaos de Montpellier-le-Vieux has well-marked trails you can stumble through for a few hours. Michelin rates the Chaos three-stars; the back-story is good, but the actual star attractions - weirdly eroded rocks - are a bit ho-hum.

The Jonte gorge meets the Tarn gorge at the charming village of Le Rozier, less than a half hour from Millau.
Time to Millau: 1 hour. To the start of the Tarn gorges: add another 20 minutes. From Valros, take the N9 toward Pézenas. Continue on past Clermont-l'Hérault, then past Lodève, then finally toward Millau, as the N9 becomes the evolving highway A75.In Millau, look for frequent signs for the Tarn gorges. The N9 continues through town. At Aguessac, turn right onto the D907. Le Rozier and the gorges are dead ahead.
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