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Out of Town Visits:

The area around Toulouse is rich in villages, monuments, beautiful landscapes and history. There are many wonderful places to visit. Here are four very popular places for a half day out-of-town visit. Contact Your Guide or go to the blog for more ideas.


Albi: Toulouse-Lautrec and a Red-brick World

A magnificent red brick city, perched on the banks of the Tarn River, Albi, recently named Unesco World Heritage Site, is the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec. Its museum houses the largest collection of his work in the world. Albi is also home to the majestic Saint Cecile Cathedral, a wonder of 13thc. southern Gothic architecture with a massive, plain exterior and a splendid, painted interior. All of old Albi is a preserved historic area. Enjoy the city, walk the narrow ancient streets, visit the museum to see the incredibly rich collection of work by Toulouse-Lautrec*, and take in the incredible views of the Tarn River from the museum-palace gardens!
*(admission fee to museum in supplement)



Mirepoix: The Beautiful Bastide

One of the most beautiful medieval villages in the southwest of France, Mirepoix is famous for its colorful, wooden carved medieval houses, huge town square, and enormous church. Walk to the river, discover the ‘old’ Mirepoix, see the 700 year old tree that witnessed floods, wars, and prosperity, and explore the side streets and houses that surround the village center. Learn the history of bastides, and hear the stories of the Cathar, whose lives were intimately connected to the town. Find out how people lived in the time of the Cathar, before being eliminated by the French king. A lovely, colorful, fascinating visit.



Carcassonne: The Walled Medieval City

A Unesco World Heritage Site, Carcassonne is the largest, intact, medieval walled city still in existence in Europe. This incredible city-fortress, dating back to the 10th century, is a place out of time! Come and walk the lists between the double ramparts, climb onto one of the towers that surround the city, hear the stories of the martyrs to the Cathar war, see the exquisite stained glass windows in St Nazaire, and re-live the experience of being in the Middle Ages as you make your way up the narrow cobblestone streets! A total experience!



Cordes sur Ciel: The Village Perched in the Sky

This magnificent stone village perched on top of a rocky peak was created in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse. It is the oldest known example of a “new” kind of village - a bastide. Famous for its five sets of ramparts, its towering position and its magnificent collection of civil Gothic architecture from the 13th and 14th centuries, Cordes is a wonderland of gothic stone arches, beautiful relief sculpture and mauve colored sandstone houses. Now home to artists, writers and craftspeople, who live here all year round, it is famous for its architecture, its elegance and its proud position in history. An unforgettable place to visit.




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