This region has been continuously settled since Roman times and is one of the oldest wine-growing areas of France. At the beginning of the middle ages, many of the surrounding towns and villages were founded, the majoritity of which stand largely intact today. Much natural heritage has also been preserved thus you will find this area perfect for outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, riding, canoeing and rock climbing. Below are some suggested links to help you get the most from your visit should you wish to tour.
Ancient towns and villages: the Bastide (fortified) villages of Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelsi, Penne and Bruniquel, which are all within very easy reach are more than 800 years old. Gaillac itself was founded in 972. Cordes- sur- Ciel, twenty minutes drive away, was recently voted one of the most beautiful and popular villages in France.
We are also proud to note that the historic city of Albi - the capital of the Tarn and birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec- now has World Heritage status. Its cathedral alone is reason to visit, it remaining Europe's largest brick building from its completion in 1480 until the construction of Battersea Power Station in London. The Palais de la Berbie, the ancient Palace of the Bishops, now houses the world's largest collection of works by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and has recently been completely renovated.
The forest of La Grésigne is the oldest oak forest in the south of France. There are abundant well-marked nature trails and picnic areas.
We are just one hour's drive from the centre of Toulouse "La ville rose", France's fourth largest city with its numerous attractions including museums, restaurants and shopping.
The engineering wonder that is the Millau Bridge, the tallest bridge in the world, is less than two hours' drive from here.
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