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Exploring the Region

A brief guide to major towns and cities near to Mazamet

Carcassonne | Albi | Castres | Béziers | Foix | Gaillac

Millau | Montpellier | Narbonne | Perpignan | Revel | Toulouse

 

Carcassonne

The medieval city of Carcassonne, the only fortified town in Europe still inhabited, is just a 40 minute drive away from Mazamet.

With some 45,000 inhabitants, ‘Carca’ as the locals call it, is actually a city within a city. There is of course ‘Le Cité’ (the ancient fortress), and then there’s The Lower Town, or rather, Bastide Saint Louis. Both offer a host of things to see and do, fabulous shops to browse around, and a vast array of bars and restaurants to refresh.

The impressive Canal du Midi, classified as World Patrimony by the UNESCO, runs through the centre of The Lower Town.

Join the other 3million plus visitors per year and enjoy all that Carcassonne has to offer – fountains, secret gardens, courtyards, churches, ancient buildings, and delightful narrow streets – each corner a new discovery.

The medieval city of Carcassonne

To find out more about Carcassonne,

visit: www.carcassonne-tourisme.com

Carcassonne is 45 km from Mazamet

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

 

Aerial view of AlbiAlbi

 

Nestled between mountains and the river Tarn, you will find the delightful cathedral city of Albi.

Home to the exquisite gothic architecture of Cathedrale Ste. Cécile, Albi is a city of art and culture. Enjoy magnificent views from the banks of the Tarn or from the 11th Century bridge – the Pont-Vieux. Partake in a stroll through the infamous Toulouse-Lautrec Museum located within the Palais de la Berbie, or wander through the cobbled streets of the old city to discover cloisters, renaissance courtyards and unspoiled architecture.

With its warm climate and some 50,000 inhabitants, Albi is also a great place to enjoy an evening of theatre, dance or opera.

A visit to the Gaillac Vineyards is also well worthwhile and easy to do from the city of Albi.

 

Albi is 60 km from Mazamet

 

Béziers

BeziersBéziers, first settled by the Phoenicians, and later an important military post during Roman times, is now populated by some 71,000 inhabitants.

The town was almost completely destroyed back in 1209 during the Albigensian Crusade but has been rebuilt into a truly beautiful place to visit.

Explore the many medieval streets and take time to visit the fortified Cathedral St-Nazaire sitting atop a hill overlooking the town with it’s imposing façade and massive 14th Century rose window.

Béziers is probably best known as the capital of Languedoc wine country. So if you are interested in wines, enjoy the many and varied vineyards which surround the town. Or, if you simply wish to enjoy some wine over a leisurely meal, take a wander down the allées Paul-Riquet – a broad, tree-lined esplanade lined with restaurants and cafes.

Béziers is 85 km from Mazamet

 

CastresCastres

With 135 sporting clubs and 27 rugby & football pitches in Castres, it’s no wonder it was named “the most sporting town in France” in 1997. It is also home to Castres Olympic – one of the top 10 teams in France.

Aside from this, Castres is a very pretty city built around a river on which you can take boat trips in the Summer. It is also the local administrative centre for Mazamet & Castres with an impressive Mairie and other official buildings throughout the centre. It is also home to the wonderful Spanish Art museum, Musee Goya (well worth a visit if you love art).

If you like water and/or if you have children, you can’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Archipel – a truly unique swimming pool complex with both indoor and outdoor areas, combined with slides and activities for all to enjoy. It also features a full size skating rink.

The L’Archipel website: www.larchipel.fr

Castres is 11km from Mazamet

L'Archipel

Foix

 

Foix

Located at the junction of the rivers Arget and Ariège, Foix is known for it’s battlements and towers – features of the keep of the 15th century Chateau de Foix.

Foix owes much of its history to one Gaston Phoebus – a famous Occitan warrior, politician and poet from the 14th century who was also a governor of Languedoc, and the main liaison between the ambassadors of Spain and England.

With lots of regional specialities, Foix market is well worth a visit. So too is the underground river near the Plantaurel Massif, which is just a few kilometres away and visitable by barge – take in the stalactities, underground waterfalls and many different levels of grotto.

Foix is 110 km from Mazamet

 

Gaillac

Although it is the commercial centre for North West Tarn, Gaillac is best known for it’s wine production. Wines have been produced in Gaillac since Roman times (around 125BC) and have turned a small market town into a world-renowned area for wine production.

Gaillac has three weekly produce markets and has remained unspoilt and slightly unsophisticated, which makes it all the more charming and unique. With vineyards situated on the rolling hillsides either side of the River Tarn, the scenery around Gaillac is really spectacular.

Gaillac is 70 km from Mazamet

 

Millau

Recently made famous with the opening of the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, Millau has a population of around 22,000 people.

Designed by British architect Lord Foster in collaboration with French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, Viaduc de Millau as the tallest viaduct in the world - with one pier's summit rising to an impressive 341 metres (1,118 ft). Opened in December 2004, it bridges the valley of the River Tarn, replacing the bridge that crossed the River Tarn in the actual centre of the town of Millau.

Viaduc de Millau has provided a clear and more cost-effective solution for the A75 motorway from Clermont-Ferraud South to Beziers and, has shortened the journey by up to 4 hours (in Summer peak traffic), or some 100km. It is a truly remarkable feat and features and impressive steel deck as opposed to the more conventional concrete roadbed.

N.B. The Eiffage Group operates the viaduct as a toll bridge, with the toll currently set at 4.90 for light automobiles (€6.50 during the peak months of July and August).

As Millau is in the heart of the Natural Regional Park of the Grands Causses, it’s a wonderful place for sports-enthusiasts to visit – paragliding, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain-biking and horse-riding are just some of the exciting things to do.

Other things to see and do in Millau include visiting the cheese caves of Roquefort, taking in the sites of the Larzac plateau and the Tarn Gorges. Don’t forget about shopping too – previously a centre of leather manufacture in France, there are numerous leather good stores selling anything from jackets to gloves in a wonderful array of colours and styles. Well worth a visit is the Millau Museum with its history, geology and leather-making sections.

To find out more about Millau, visit: www.ot-millau.fr/

Millau is 120 km from Mazamet

 

Montpellier

Located at the crossroads of the Mediterranian, Montpellier is wonderfully placed geographically. It’s town centre has lived through medieval times and successfully combines both modern architecture and a vast array of 17th and 18th century private mansions.

The Faculty of Medicine – the oldest in the Western world, is in Montpellier, together with a wealth of other educational facilities with enviable reputations, including The Universities of Law and The Arts.

A highly interesting place to visit with wonderful weather throughout most of the year, Montpellier is well worth the two hour drive from Mazamet, although we do suggest that you consider staying overnight to allow maximum time to enjoy this history and culture-rich part of France.

To find out more about Montpellier, visit: www.montpellier.fr

Montpellier is 150 km from Mazamet

 

Narbonne

Founded as a Roman port in 118 BC, Narbonne is now located about 15km from the Mediterranean Sea.

Narbonne has a population of around 40,000 people and is, as with many French towns, built around a river - the Canal de Robine, which joins the Canal du Midi, runs through the centre of the city. A daily covered market is held at les Halles, next to the canal and there are also open air markets held on a Tuesday and Thursday.

The Saint-Just cathedral, dating from 1272, is worth a visit, as is the ‘Palais des Archeveques’ (or Archbishop’s Palace).

Narbonne Plage is a short drive away and well worth the effort – enjoy the beautifully kept large beaches at the foot of the limestone massif, Montagne de la Clape.

Narbonne is 75 km from Mazamet

 

Perpignan

With it’s geographical positioning and the fact that a large percentage of its population is of Spanish origin, it’s not surprising that Perpignan is as much Catalan as it is French. Perpignan also benefits from other southern influences from North Africa.

Perpignan enjoyed its heyday in the 13th and 14th centuries when the kings of Majorca held their court there – their kingdom spread north as far as Montpellier and included the Balearic islands. Today, Perpignan is still a major commercial centre and the third largest Catalan city in existence. The 13th century castle of the kings of Majorca sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts making for a wonderful photo opportunity – it’s also visitable daily between 10am and 6pm June to September and between 9am and 5pm October to May.

Based at the foothills of the Pyrenees, this is a wonderful place from which to travel into the mountains.

Perpignan is 160 km from Mazamet

 

Revel

The provincial town of Revel is renowned for it’s market, held on a Saturday.

The town itself is a bastide dating from 1342. It has an attractive arcaded central square with a superb wooden-pillared halle in the centre.

Revel is 35 km from Mazamet

 

Toulouse

Situated between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Toulouse is home to some 740,000 inhabitants and with it’s growing greater urban district, Toulouse is among the biggest cities in southern Europe. It is also the 4th largest French city and the capital of the great Midi-Pyrenees region.

With over 24 centuries of history, Toulouse is full of fascinating sights, buildings, monuments, museums and galleries. It is host to a wealth of art and culture made easily accessible for all to enjoy.

As the European leader and world’s number one in aeronautical activities, and Europe’s leader for space activities, it’s no surprise that Toulouse is also home to both the Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace and the Cité de l'Espace Space Museum.

Toulouse has no less than 160 parks and gardens and 800 hectares of leisure and sports areas – making this the ideal place to visit if you love outdoor pursuits.

This is also a fabulous area for shopping with lots of individual boutiques, set alongside all the designer shops!

Toulouse is 80 km from Mazamet

 

For booking enquiries please contact:

info@mazamet.fr or call us on +33.5.63.98.62.44

We also offer holiday accommodation with Swimming Pool

 

We offer Chambre d'hôte (Bed & Breakfast) accommodation in Mazamet, France.

We also offer holiday accommodation (vacation accommodation)

Mazamet is in South West France 50km from Carcassonne and 80km from Toulouse.

 

   

La Grande Maison

15 Boulevard Soult,

81200 Mazamet, France

e-mail: info@mazamet.fr

telephone: +33 (0)5 63 98 62 44

telephone: +33 (0)6 18 81 40 56

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