Explore around Albi and opt for a day in the country of the Bastides, the circuit of the fortified villages of the XNUMXth century. Enjoy your Albigensian stroll!
THE ALBIGEIAN BASTIDES: “A JOURNEY THROUGH LITTLE TUSCANY IN THE TARN”
As a couple or as a family, discover the perched villages of the Tarn, a loop of around 150 km
30 minutes from Albi, it's a must: Cordes-sur-Ciel "the pearl of the country houses". This medieval city will seduce you as much as it seduced Albert Camus! Elected favorite village of the French in 2014, discover its medieval streets steeped in 800 years of history and the valley that surrounds it. For those with a sweet tooth, don't leave without tasting the village speciality: the crunchy Cordes!
Place called “Puech Gaubel”
To get off the beaten track and enjoy nature, I recommend the short hike to Puech Gaubel which will offer you a magnificent view of the city and perhaps even see Cordes above the sky...
Returning to the road, the hilly landscapes of this part of the Tarn will seduce you with their diversity. Wheat or sunflower fields, vineyards, wine estates, cypresses, causses and forests will give you the opportunity to take some of the most beautiful shots of your vacation. You will also notice the presence of dovecotes ! Closely related to vine cultivation, they are numerous in this part of the department.
A stop is in order Gaillac. Meet at the wine house, a museum awaits you there. The history of this millennial vineyard will make you want to meet the producers.
Then go on a trip back in time to Castelnau-de-Montmiral. Its medieval streets and the Place des Arcades give the impression of returning to the time of the lords. Less known than Cordes-sur-Ciel, you will have the feeling of being privileged. Do not miss the view of the surrounding countryside by going to the small hill of "Pechmiral".
To end this day, the village of Puycelsi is a real gem. You will certainly fall under the spell of this "fortress of the woods" which dominates the forest of Grésigne. I invite you to walk along its ramparts which will offer you a superb panorama of the surroundings. From the esplanade at the entrance to the village, you can end your visit by admiring one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Tarn. Wonder guaranteed!
If you come in summer, I advise you to take advantage of one of the many aperitif concerts organized by the winegrowers directly in the middle of the vines. A little music, a good glass of wine, a friendly and warm atmosphere will be the "icing on the cake" to spend the best evening of your vacation!
If you come in summer, I advise you to take advantage of one of the many aperitif concerts organized by the winegrowers directly in the middle of the vines. A little music, a good glass of wine, a friendly and warm atmosphere will be the "icing on the cake" to spend the best evening of your holidays!
This getaway suggestion is brought to you by Alexander, Albi Tourist Office destination expert. Do not hesitate to contact us for new proposals!