Discover the medieval village of Castelnau-de-Montmiral

Castelnau-de-Montmiral
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Located in the heart of the country of Gaillac, Castelnau-de-Montmiral enjoys a position which offers you an incredible view of the surrounding landscapes and which has above all protected it, on several occasions, from enemy attacks. The vineyards that surround it, as well as the nearby Grésigne forest, make the city of Montmiralaise a jewel nestled in lush greenery.


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The picturesque medieval town of Castelnau-de-Montmiral

As its name suggests, Castelnau-de-Montmiral is a former castelnau. But, concretely, what does this mean? It was, during the Middle Ages, a city built by a lord and dependent on the castle of this one. This was erected by Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse, during the first half of the 13th century (in 1222, precisely).

In 1271, the city became part of the royal domain.

During the Hundred Years War, the English, although very close, did not dare to confront Castelnau-de-Montmiral and thus spared it.

During the Wars of Religion, the city welcomed Catholics fleeing Gaillac and Protestantism.

Unfortunately, the castle which dominated the city was destroyed during the Revolution, and never rebuilt. On the other hand, the medieval city once included several gates. Today, you can still pass under the Porte des Garrics, which has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1927. The latter was one of the last vestiges of the old rampart that surrounded the picturesque city.


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The door of Garrics

The Porte de Garrics: once the place of entry and exit

Castelnau-de-Montmiral ranked among the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”

The rich history and heritage of Castelnau-de-Montmiral allows it to be one of the "Most beautiful villages in France". Indeed, the label was awarded to Castelnau-de-Montmiral thanks to its many remarkable assets, like the Place des Arcades, its church or the Porte des Garrics.


Alleys of Castelnau de Montmiral  Alleys of Castelnau de Montmiral

Random alleys


The Place des Arcades and the Pillory

To feel the beauty and authenticity of this medieval period, go to the place des arcades. You will be captivated by this picturesque place, steeped in history. Over 360°, you will be surrounded by a set of buildings with typical medieval architecture. The cutlery that surrounds you gives the whole a very special charm and transports you directly to the past, to the time of knights, castles and noisy taverns.


Place des Arcades

Place des Arcades  Place des Arcades

Place des arcades, a central living space for Montmiralais


As a stronghold, a place of life and exchange, this square houses a pillory. It exhibited as many animals before their sacrifice, as human beings who had committed offenses (adultery, marauding, etc.).


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The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

This church was built during the 15th century. Take the time to observe the magnificent entrance porch. This one is original.


The Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

An overview of the facade of the church

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Along the alleys

There is a historical circuit that allows you to walk in the heart of the city and see the main places and points of interest of the Montmiral bastide.


Along the alleys

A pleasant walk along the streets of Montmiralaise


Don't hesitate to pick it up from the Tourist Office, located on the place des arcades, or from a nearby tourist office.


The tourism office

Even the Tourist Office has a medieval look


The good idea We take you for a walk on the historic circuit of Castelnau-de-Montmiral, enjoy the panorama!


During your wandering in the alleys, you will be able, in particular, to discover:

  • The Pechmiral: from where a statue of the Virgin dominates and contemplates the surroundings. Here you will benefit from an incredible view of the Grésigne forest, and, more generally, the Albigeois.

    Castelnau-de-Montmiral


    • Ruins of stairs: At the level of the Pradel car park, take the time to contemplate the surrounding landscapes. An orientation table is at your disposal so that you can locate yourself in the country of Gaillac. And, turning around facing the village, you will discover the remains of stairs.

      A breathtaking green panorama

      Enjoy a breathtaking green panorama


      • La Maison Costes et Golses: Before being a dwelling, there was one of the fortified gates that allowed you to enter and leave the city: the Porte Neuve. Admire the neighboring house and its loggia.
      • Various beautiful residences: Just walk around looking up and taking the time to contemplate the different buildings. You will thus have the opportunity to see half-timbered and/or corbelled houses, as well as some dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.

        Pretty quaint houses  Pretty quaint houses

        Some examples of pretty, quaint homes


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        Of course, this list of places to discover is not exhaustive. Also, we invite you to take a break to discover Castelnau-de-Montmiral, to stroll from alley to alley and seize the enchantment of this unique place.


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