Towns and villages to explore...

Penne

photo penneA charming medieval village built upon a rocky spur.
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)

photo bruniquelA member of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ network.
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)

photo castelnauAnother member of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ network.
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)

photo puycelsiAnother member of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ network.
Medieval fortified village built upon an enormous rocky ridge.

Saint-Antonin Noble Val (18 kms)

photo saint-antoninMedieval town built beside the Aveyron river, at the foot of the cliffs of the Roc d’Anglars.
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)

photo cordesOne of the Mid-Pyrénées region’s top tourist sites.
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)

photo gaillacThis town is surrounded by hills and is very well-known for its wine.
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)

photo montaubanThe administrative capital of the Tarn et Garonne departement.
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)

photo najacA member of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ network.
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)

photo albiA UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.
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)

photo villefranche de rouergueOne of the Midi-Pyrénées region’s top tourist sites.
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)

photo cahorsOne of the Midi-Pyrénées region’s top tourist sites.
This very old town is famous for its fortified bridge, the pont Valentré.

Moissac (75 kms)

photo moissacOne of the Mid-Pyrénées region’s top tourist sites.
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.
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