Towns and villages to explore...
Its château, with its amazing outline, seems to defy the laws of gravity.
‘Le Terrible’, a well-known and highly-unusual local personality who was nonetheless regarded with much affection, has remained graven in the collective memory.
Bruniquel (7 kms)
This medieval village is very well known due to its two castles, built upon a cliff overlooking the Aveyron river.Bruniquel was the setting for the famous Romy Schneider/Philippe Noiret film ‘le vieux fusil’.
Castelnau de Montmiral (18 kms)
13th century fortified town (bastide) built on a promontory.
Town square with a fountain in the middle and magnificent houses built atop arcaded passageways.
Puycelsi (18 kms)
Medieval fortified village built upon an enormous rocky ridge.
Saint-Antonin Noble Val (18 kms)
The ‘Maison romane’ (former town hall), is the oldest public building in France to have been restored by Viollet Le Duc. Its Sunday market is very colourful and has an excellent reputation.
Cordes-sur-Ciel (29 kms)
This medieval town seems to reach for the sky. It has a rich architectural heritage with superb Gothic façades boasting incredible sculpture-work.
Gaillac (30 kms)
The abbey of Saint Michel, by the banks of the Tarn river, is one building worth a visit. The parc de Foucauld park is a pleasant place for a stroll.
Montauban (34 kms)
The old town centres on the cathedral, with its classical façade.
Not-to-be-missed: the Pont Vieux (the old bridge), la place Nationale, the church of Saint Jacques and the Ingres museum.
Najac (47 kms)
This bastide boasts an impregnable fortress built atop a narrow rocky spur. The keep is still intact.
The village is centred around a long main street.
Albi (50 kms)
The buildings of this bishopric are constructed out of baked red brick. Architectural gems such as the Sainte Cécile Cathedral and the Palais de la Berbie, which houses the Toulouse Lautrec museum, will make for an unforgettable visit. You could even take a ride on the river Tarn in a traditional ‘gabarre’ (scow) !
Villefranche de Rouergue (59 kms)
The Aveyron river runs through this medieval fortified town, which boasts a rich architectural heritage. It has a famous – and lively - thursday market.
Cahors (61 kms)
This very old town is famous for its fortified bridge, the pont Valentré.
Moissac (75 kms)
The superb Romanesque abbey of Saint Pierre and its cloisters, which feature numerous sculpted columns, are a glorious example of built heritage. This was a major centre for pilgrims along the Puy en Velay route to Santiago de Compostela.