Visit one of the many fantastic places here in the Midi Pyrenees (now known as Occitanie) and South West France.
Visit Tarn et Garonne
A Jewel of Occitanie - France
Visit The Tarn et Garonne in Occitanie, France
Occitanie and South West France
Tarn et Garonne – Places To Visit
Situated at the heart of the Occitanie region, the Tarn et Garonne is certainly one of France’s most picturesque ‘départments’. It boasts an embarrassment of riches from vibrant little villages such as Auvillar and Lauzerte to the world famous Canal du Midi (Canal des Deux Mers) which has attained UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
The Canal du Midi (Canal des Deux Mers)
We particularly recommend a day strolling along the shaded banks or cycling along a stretch of the 250km of ‘vélo voie verte’ cycle path. A day’s cruising on its gentle waters is also a particular treat.
Moissac is a UNESCO heritage site famed for its cathedral and cloisters.
The Gorges de l’Aveyron
To the East of our ‘départment’ and just north-east from Montauban are the beautiful Gorges d’Aveyron. It is a spot particularly popular with walkers and for sightseeing but also understandably extremely popular with canoeists, rock climbers, pot-holers and mountain bikers.
A beautiful hill top stone village with 360° panoramic views. Like Auvillar it is situated on the GR 65, just a few kilometres north of Auvillar.
Tarn et Garonne – The Great Outdoors
The countryside lends itself beautifully to so many outdoor pursuits such as horse riding / pony trekking, mountain biking, road cycling and hiking on some of south west France’s most beautiful paths and trails. We are located just 800m from the GR65 walking route.
Toulouse – La Ville Rose
Toulouse is known as the Pink City and has a wealth of interesting sites including museums, great shopping and beautiful parks.
The Viaduct at Millau is the highest and longest viaduct in the world, one of the most impressive civil engineering feats of our time.
Medieval City of Carcassonne
The medieval walled city of Carcassonne was occupied by the Romans due to its strategic location. It was granted UNESCO world heritage site status in 1997 and offers a splendid day out. It was also used in the filming Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.
Rocamadour has attracted visitors for its impressive setting in a gorge above a tributary of the River Dordogne which for centuries has attracted pilgrims from every country. It gives its name Rocamadour, a small goat’s milk cheese that was awarded AOC status in 1996.
Saint Cirq Lapopie
You will find Saint Cirq Lapopie perched high above the Lot river if you head east from Cahors. Not only has the village maintained much of its medieval charm, it is also an artist’s paradise. Wandering amongst the narrow cobbled streets with their troglodyte and meandering in and out of doorways and arches, it’s easy to see why Saint Cirq Lapopie is on many of our guests visit list!
The clifftop views are stunning as are the troglodyte caves. You can find out more on the Tourisme Lot website.
Albi Cathedral and the Toulouse Lautrec Gallery
Known as the pink Cathedral this huge structure houses an array of superb wall and ceiling paintings and is right next door to the Toulouse Lautrec art gallery.
Dune Du Pilat
Heading west, guests are treated to such delights as the Dune du Pilat (one of the natural wonders of the world, also used as a backdrop for filming in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’) as well as all the other beaches of the Atlantic coast. Bordeaux is also a destination for many of our guests and easily accessible by train in around an hour.
Head south and you will find the mountains of The Pyrenees. Visit such amazing sights as the Cirque de Gavarnie, enjoy some stunning scenery or partake in a little snowboarding or skiing in winter. The resorts of The Haute Pyrenees are two and a half hours from us and you really can enjoy some fantastic conditions from late November to March and even later.
Another favourite of ours is the Balnéa Spa at Loudenvielle. On a recent visit we had lunch and two hours in thermal pools looking out at snow-capped peaks. Bliss!