The département is part of the current Midi-Pyrénées région. It is surrounded by the départements of Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot, Hérault, Gard, Lozère, and Cantal.
The highest point in the département is the summit of Mailhebiau at 1469 m.
Attractions in Aveyron
Aveyron contains a part of the Cévennes National Park. Two well know tourist attractions are the castle of Najac, a medieval ruin perched high on a hill, and the abbey of Loc-Dieu, located near Martiel in a region with many dolmens. The small city of Millau is the site for the world’s tallest bidge, the viaduc de millau, opened by President Chirac in December 2004.