Among mountains, forests, rivers and vines, this multi-faceted region has a character that leaves no one indifferent. From the vineyards to the Occitan architecture, be guided by these landscapes, which can be both refreshing and surprising, as you stroll along.
Experience the Tarn's “Vignoble aux 7 Vins”
The Gaillac vineyard extends over both banks of the River Tarn, towards Albi in the east and the medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the north. Its three slopes of a specific geological nature offer terraces of pebbles or sandy gravel, hillsides of clay-limestone soil and a Cordes plateau of white soil. Crossing the paths through the Tarn vineyards, you will experience the best of the Occitan climate, which combines the mildness of the ocean and the heat of the Mediterranean. The oldest vineyard in south-west France, but remaining unpretentious, it is full of richess and produces very good wines that are not just limited to the Gaillac Primeur. Today, the appellation extends over approximately 3,300 ha and includes 3 cooperative wineries and 118 independent producers. The Gaillac region is known as the “Vignoble aux 7 Vins” because it has no less than 7 AOC wines. Dry white, sweet white, "fraîcheur perlée" white, sparkling white, red, primeur, rosé, every palate and taste will be satisfied.
Explore the Causse, among valleys and plateaux, in the direction of Cordes-sur-Ciel
The Causse hiking trail circuit begins in Souel, a small village whose name comes from the Occitan word for "sun". Before reaching Cordes-sur-Ciel, the walk invites you to stroll through an undulating landscape where vineyards, cultivated fields, meadows and small woods alternate. A pretty lake, some beautiful restored houses and a little chapel nestled in the hollow of a valley enhance this rural route. Not to forget the memorable viewpoints over the town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, with "Grand Site de Midi-Pyrénées" classification, which are worth capturing in photographs. When you arrive at the foot of the splendid bastide, founded in 1222, we advise you to take a long walk along the winding streets that will take you to the top of the hill, before setting off again when the sun sets behind the hills.
Average duration: 3 hours 35
Distance: 10.07 km
Look towards the horizon, camping on the rock of a Tarn hilltop village
Getting to know the Tarn's hilltop villages is an opportunity to get off the beaten track, among wheat fields and sunflower fields, cypresses and forests, where the most beautiful villages are found. Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Cordes-sur-ciel, Lisle-sur-Tarn and Puycelsi, all have narrow streets full of history and exciting stories. Explore the conserved architecture of secluded places such as the Château de Penne and its incredible view over the Gorges de l’Aveyron and the Forêt de Grésigne below. From the top of this eagle's nest with its towering cliffs, you can enjoy the diverse and inspiring nature before your eyes.