THE FORTIFIED TOWNS' ROUTE: "A TRIP TO TUSCANY IN THE TARN"
As a couple or as a family, discover the hilltop villages of the Tarn, a loop of about 150kms.
- Only 30 minutes away from Albi, you'll find "Cordes-sur-Ciel", the pearl of the bastides. This medieval city will seduce you as much as it seduced Albert Camus! Voted as France's most favourite village in 2014, explore its steep, medieval streets, which have over 800 years worth of history. For those with a sweet tooth, don't forget to taste their speciality: "Croquant de Cordes", a crunchy, caramelised almond biscuit!
- Go off the beaten track and enjoy nature! I recommend the short hike "au Puech Gaubel" as it offers you the most incredible view of the medieval city.
- On the return, enjoy the diversity of the countrside: the winding lanes, the green hills, the fields full of sunflowers, vineyards, cypresses, forests, etc... You'll also spot "pigeonniers" hidden in the nature, which have a strong link to the vineyards.
- You must to stop in Gaillac, to visit the "Maison des Vins". The museum represents the history of the thousand year old Gaillac vineyards, which will make you want to go wine tasting!
- Drive to Castelnau de Montmiral and stroll up the medieval streets taking you to the beautiful arched square. It's less well known than Cordes-sur-Ciel. Don't miss the view point of the Madonna, from which there is a panoramic view.
If you visit during the summer, I highly recommend that you go to an "Apéro Concert"! The local vineyerons organise musical evenings, literally, in the middle of the vineyards! A glass of Gaillac wine, music... it's the "cherry on the cake" of your holidays!
This "get-away" itinerary has been suggested by Alexandra, our Destination expert at the Albi Tourist Office.