The most beautiful villages of Tarn-et-Garonne

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The Tarn-et-Garonne has many geographical advantages. Between its rivers, the Tarn and the Aveyron , its large river valleys , its karst plateaus , called “causses”, and its Gascony slopes , this department offers a great diversity of breathtaking landscapes . A green setting which gives a certain charm to these castal villages and towns, called " castelnaux ", due to their proximity to medieval castles . But also for these fortified bastides which have settled around its capital, Montauban.

Montricoux


In between two rivers , just 30 minutes from Montauban , Montricoux is a Templar village with an interesting medieval heritage . You stroll through magnificent alleys , along half-timbered houses . Some surprises await you: a dungeon of the 13th century ramparts, a pretty church with adjoining tower. Its castle now houses a museum , dedicated to the painter Marcel Lenoir.

Montricoux

Photo: Montricoux

Bruniquel


We take a chip jump to get to the medieval village of Bruniquel . It is typical of the Causses du Quercy Garonne , perched on a rocky peak. A curiosity, Bruniquel has two castles . We let you discover this anecdote of history in the article on the village . The old castle, or rather that of Brunhilde, a Visigoth princess, now met the new castle of the 15th century. Both castles can be visited! But we can go even further back to Bruniquel's past, his cave has become famous for its Neanderthal remains . And if you want to stroll around, the donkeys of the shelter offer donkey rides .

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Photo: Bruniquel

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Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val


In Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val , we are in the heart of the Aveyron gorges , in a truly exceptional setting. To qualify this village, one could say that it is "in love with this nature " which surrounds it and brings it to life, thanks to its local craftsmanship . To make you want, our blogger shares her lovely walk with you . To appreciate it differently, we suggest you take to the heights at the Saint Antonin adventure park . Their routes are suitable for all ages, levels or desires: zip line , free fall jump , escal'arbre , and even an archery tag .

Saint-Antonin-Novle-Val

Saint-Antonin-Novle-Val Saint-Antonin-Novle-Val

Photo: Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

Laguépie


The commune of Laguépie is a water area between the Aveyron and the Viaur . In fact, it offers many activities and a water recreation area . In season, you can enjoy a visit to its castle, louviel castel , thanks to volunteers from an association who are involved in its conservation.

Just above, in Najac, you can admire the surroundings from the cliffs, on the via ferrata du roc du Gorb .


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Caylus


Caylus, like all medieval bastides , is centered around its market hall . Strolling through its straight streets, you will come across a listed church , an atypical “ wolf house ”, a square tower and turrets, a royal castle and the wall of this fortified enclosure . A well-preserved heritage that really deserves a visit. You will also find the Gorges de l'Aveyron ecomuseum there . Another curiosity: in Caylus, you will have the opportunity to admire the petrifying waterfall of Saint-Livron !

Caylus

Photo: Caylus

Lauzerte


Lauzerte is a medieval village with beautiful houses of the 13th century. Its location on a promontory offers a panoramic view of the lower Quercy . On the Chemins-de-Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle , it has an interesting religious heritage : chapel of the Hospice, Saint-Barthélemy church, Capuchin monastery, pilgrim's garden . At the Lacontal farm, another real treasure of the region awaits you: the lavender of Quercy! Lauzerte is not appreciated only in summer ... Here is our report on the winter discovery of the medieval city .

Lauzerte

Lauzerte Lauzerte

Photo: Lauzerte

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Auvillar


We set off on the slopes of Gascony , to visit Auvillar, one of the “ most beautiful villages in France . On site, a rich heritage is to be seen. As a priority, its circular grain hall on columns is a unique monument in the southwest. Astonishing also, its very beautiful clock tower is built of brick. The city hosts a museum of earthenware and that of the Boat industry , as well as many art galleries. For a complete tour of the city and its surroundings, follow our blogger .

Auvillar


Auvillar

Photo: Auvillar

Beaumont-de-Laumagne


Beaumont-de-Laumagne is a rich country house thanks to its flagship product: white garlic . Its heritage is at the height of its trade: private mansions and charming residences , market hall ... Its Saint-Jean chapel enjoys a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside . You will be amazed!

Baumont de Lomagne

Photo: Beaumont-de-Lomagne Source: Didier Descouens - CC-BY-SA

Our loop around Montauban , to discover the most beautiful villages of Tarn-et-Garonne ends thus. We hope this trip has inspired you. If it made you want to know more, here is our presentation page on the Tarn Aveyron: its geography, its history ...


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Article written by Stéphanie Tempier for the Guide du Tarn Aveyron.


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