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Copyright 2017 Le Couvent

…. If you like medieval then this is the area for you.  


Albi, UNESCO world heritage site and home of Toulouse-Lautrec, is the jewel of the Midi-Pyrenees region and one of France’s most attractive medieval towns. Smaller but also perfectly formed, the villages of Cordes-sur-Ciel, Sauveterre du Rouergue and Conques are well worth a visit.


Five minutes drive from Le Couvent is the charming Château du Bosc, where Toulouse-Lautrec spent a happy childhood in what was until very recently the home of his great-niece, Madame Nicole Tapié de Céleyran.


Like modern art? Then a visit to the new Soulages Art Gallery in Rodez is a must. The local area is full of artists and art, and almost every weekend in the summer will find new exhibitions to discover.


Something more active? Walkers adore this area with its varied countryside, fabulous views and historic interest. Stay around St Just and walk up hill and down dale following the excellent signposting of easy, moderate or challenging walks. Walk further afield using the Grande Randonée (GR) network of routes including the French section of the Route de St. Jaques de Compostelle accessed about 20 miles away. Wander along the lovely Viaur river dipping in your toes to help you cool off or do some wild swimming in St Just or five miles away near the wonderful Romanesque chapel of Las Planques.


Explore the local wine, cheese and produce. They are amazing! Visit the abundance of local markets and Gaillac and Marcillac vineyards for tasting heaven.


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