Visit Montauban on foot

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Visit Montauban on foot

Montauban is nicknamed "the pinkest of pink towns", because its local stone architecture is remarkable. Its green corridor, its pedestrian streets of the hypercentre, its cycle paths around the city, its islands of greenery also make it a green city. It has 9 bus lines and it is pleasant to get around without a car. We give you our best ideas for visiting Montauban on foot.


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Take a walk to see the must-see monuments of Montauban

Montauban is a "City of art and history", classified among the "Great sites of France". You can easily see its monuments in the historical center of the city. As a family, the Little Tourist Train will allow you to appreciate this architecture, without too much effort. During your walk in the city center, do not miss the following monuments:

  • The Baroque Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption.
  • The Old Bridge.
  • National Square.

Main Square of Montauban

    Do the Street Art circuit

    The beautiful architecture of Montalban obviously inspires many artists today because street art has naturally developed in the streets there. These works are very varied and will not fail to surprise you. The Tourist Office makes you discover this open-air museum, during a visit that looks like a treasure hunt through the city.


    Learn more? You can download the map from the Tourist Office website.


    Hunt the Space-Invaders

    To go a little further in your discovery, we suggest you hunt the "space invaders"... An artist, very mysterious but renowned throughout the world, hides in unusual places his works on the theme of the Space-Invaders video game of 1978 ! If you look carefully, you will find 11 in Montauban… Good hunting!


    Learn more? The Tourist Office has referenced them on this page.


    Take advantage of Montalban's green spaces

    Montauban is a green city where you will find beautiful gardens and flowery parks. Each one has its specificity and its particular atmosphere. Whether you are sporty, with your family or simply want to enjoy a picnic and a moment of relaxation, there is something for you.

    • The Jardin des Plantes, with a playground and lovely water features, is on the outskirts of the historic center of Montauban.
    • Cours Foucault, on the banks of the Tarn.
    • The Promenade des Montalbanais, a green corridor, ideal for joggers, to the north of the city.
    • La Roseraie François Mitterrand, for the beauty of its flowers, is located in the western district.

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      Find local products in the markets

      Going to the Montalbanais markets will allow you to soak up the atmosphere of the city and the friendliness of its inhabitants. You will taste good local products, you will hear the singing accent of the country, you will discuss with producers who are passionate about their work and their land!

      • The Saturday market, near the Jardin des Plantes.
      • The organic farmers' market, on Place Prax Paris.
      • The covered market, near the Place Nationale.

      Montauban market

        Swimming at the Ingreo Aquatic Center

        Served by 3 bus lines, you can swim and have fun with your family in the large Ingreo Aquatic Center, in the heart of the city. A swimming pool, a spa and even a fitness room await you for a moment of well-being. The activities are varied and suitable for the whole family.

        To visit museums

        Culture and art hold a primordial place in Montauban. There are many museums to visit. We have selected a few sites located in the city center or accessible by bus:

        • The Toy Museum, accessible by bus, line 3.
        • The Victor Brun Natural History Museum, in the center.
        • The Ingres Bourdelle Art Museum, on the banks of the Tarn.
        • The Resistance and Combatant Museum, served by bus lines 1 and 6.

        Photo © Roumagnac Photographer CC BY SA 3.0

          Photo © Roumagnac Photographer CC BY SA 3.0

          Treat yourself to the gastronomy of Montalbanaise

          The Montalbanaise specialties are gourmet and generous, typical of the gastronomy of the southwest. There are all kinds of restaurants in the historic town center of Montauban, from the most traditional to the most unusual.

          Our gourmet tips:

          • Le Namasthé, a vegetarian restaurant and tea room.
          • Eat under the arcades of the Place Nationale, to admire the Montalban architecture, in pink bricks.
          • Take advantage of a beautiful day to eat by the water, on the banks of the Tarn.

            Learn more? Tarn-et-Garonne specialties and local products.


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            Walks around Montauban

            The surroundings of Montauban are green and natural. Hikers will undoubtedly enjoy it, in all seasons. Here are our favorite nature outings:

            How to get around Montauban without a car

            In Montauban, public transport is privileged, with 9 bus lines, which serve the 4 districts of the city. If you prefer to get around by bike, cycle paths are available throughout the city. Near the station, in the north of the city, routes allow you to access the neighboring town of Villemade.

            Regarding the pedestrian streets of the hypercentre of Montauban, we recommend rue Prax Paris and its shops. You also have rue Léon Cladel and rue de l'Égalité, which are very pleasant for a walk.


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            We hope to have made you want to visit Montauban on foot and we wish you great visits.


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