South Tarn Gites near Lautrec, Tarn, SW France

Self Catering near Lautrec in the Tarn, SW France

Activities at South Tarn Gites can be at the end of the drive or a short drive away. Here is the link for Lautrec Tourism .  There are many activities to choose from and this is by no means an exhaustive list!


The beautiful Tarn region is an ideal place to relax and unwind; said to be a "little tuscany" in France. There are a variety of outdoor activities for you to choose from, such as horse-riding, golf, swimming, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, off-road buggies, walking, cycling and nature trails,  a bird sanctuary and many more.


Castres is a beautiful town built on the banks of the River Agout and is just a ten minute drive. It has a return boat trip from the centre to Parc Gourjade, where you can spend the day playing golf and park games or visit the large indoor and outdoor swimming pools and ice skating at L'Archipel. Or simply take a picnic.

For art lovers, Castres has one of the largest Hispanic collections in France, at the Goya Museum in the Town Centre.


Albi is the capital of the Tarn region (UNESCO World Heritage site) and the birthplace of the artist Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. Here you will find the Toulouse-Lautrec museum displaying many of his most famous works. Albi also has the largest red brick Cathedral in Europe, the Cathédrale Ste-Cécile, which dates back to the 13th century. A must-see!


Gaillac is the home of the local wine. In the month of August you can blend music with wine tasting at Gaillac's music festivals. If its golf you love, visit nearby Florentin, which has an 18 hole golf course in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards.


If its a relaxing beach you are looking for, about 30 mins drive is lac de St Ferréol. For the more energetic it also offers a range of sporting activities.


The historic village of Corde sur Ciel dates back to the 15th.C and is “one of the major Cathar centres”. A popular tourist destination for a day out and about an hour drive.


Dating back to the 6th century, the fortified La Cité in Carcassone  , another UNESCO World Heritage site, is simply magical and steeped in Cathar history. It was the inspiration for Walt Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", and provided the perfect place for the back-drop for the filming of "Robin Hood and the Prince of Thieves". The link above provides you with historical and cultural information that will persuade you that a visit to Carcassone's la Cité is unmissible. Carcassonne is about an hour by car.


Treat yourself to a day out in Toulouse (by train or car, about an hour). Toulouse is known as the Pink City and has museums, historical buildings, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes. It is the home of aviation in France and houses the Space Centre,'Space Experience', a large and interactive tourist attraction.



Or why not visit the mediterranean with its beautiful sandy beaches at Narbonne or Beziers a 2 hour drive.

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