Plus Beau Village De France
Auvillar in South West France
Visit Auvillar, A Plus Beau Village de France
Le Farat is based in the parish of Auvillar, a medieval bastide village with its unusual circular corn exchange and impressive views over the Garonne valley, is listed as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. It is also an important stop on the famous pilgrims walking route through France – The GR65 – “Le Chemin de Saint Jacques-de-Compostelle” or “Way of Saint James”.
Auvillar is now the centre for tourism in Tarn et Garonne with a brand new facility located on the banks of the Garonne.
What Makes Auvillar Special?
Historically Auvillar was an important stronghold in the Gallo-Roman period and housed an affluent community. Evidence has been found to suggest that it was possibly rebuilt in the Middle Ages and its social and economic existence is clearly linked to the river Garonne.
Today the beautiful village of about 1,000 residents has many charming attractions with a weekly farmers market, local restaurants, and a variety of shops including a bakery, grocer, newsagent, post office, a chemist and local produce gift shop. There is a hairdresser too or if you feel the need for a pamper session there is even a beautician!
Events In Auvillar
In June the locally famous Wine Festival takes centre stage in Auvillar. The 15 August bank holiday fireworks are spectacular set along the river bank and the bridge over the Garonne. There are various other events throughout the year.
The weekly farmers market in Auvillar will give you a taste of real French produce. We guarantee the food and wine you discover here will leave an imprint on your soul forever!
La Fête de St Noé
An un-missable wine festival held in the village. It dates back to the 19th century and is steeped in history, tradition and, of course, there is plenty of local wine on offer. You can get a flavour of what it’s all about here or by having a quick look at this youtube clip.
Auvillar hosts a large pottery market in early October. It’s a major event and attracts many international exhibitors.