The top 10 unusual visits in the Tarn!

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Head to the south of France in Occitania, between the Aveyron and Lot-et-Garonne regions. Here you are in the Tarn, an ideal nature destination where the fabulous landscapes vary between rocks, forests and vineyards. Discover a green environment where many unmissable and unusual sites are hidden. Architecture, art, heritage and gastronomy, the Tarn is full of surprises and will amaze you throughout your visit. We take you on a trip!

1- The Château de Penne in the Tarn

The excursion begins with the unmissable Château de Penne, between Montauban and Albi in the heart of the Gorges de l'Aveyron, a historic monument that represents 13th century architecture. Overlooking the river, this military castle from the Middle Ages was restored and opened to the public in 2010, a real journey through history with demonstrations , participatory workshops and night visits in summer. Take advantage of being in Penne to listen to the unusual story of Alexandre Viguier, nicknamed the Terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible of Penne, a renowned expert surveyor who effectively unravels land disputes, which earned him his well-known nickname.

Penne Castle


2- The Gaillacois Miniature Train Club

Head south to visit the Gaillacois miniature train club, located in Gaillac, a real plunge into childhood with the exhibition of trains from different eras, located in various settings. With 600 meters of tracks, 192 switches, 3 circuits and 18 trains all in miniature, the exhibition presents the largest network of miniature trains in Midi-Pyrénées.


La Planque des Bons Vivants

La Planque des Bons Vivants
La Planque des Bons Vivants

LES BONS VIVANTS In the heart of the artisanal zone Les Xansos in Gaillac, La Planque des Bons Vivants restaurant ...

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Brasserie Au Jardin

Brasserie Au Jardin
Brasserie Au Jardin

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Samy's Diner

Samy's Diner
Samy's Diner

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3- The Academy of Miniatures Museum in Albi

We move away just 20 minutes to the west to discover the Academy of Miniatures Museum in Albi which captivates young and old with the precise and refined representation of apartments, buildings and bourgeois houses from 1900. Between shops and living rooms, there are 51 pieces reproduced in miniature by Annie Jaurès and presented to the public. Live for a suspended moment and enjoy the tea room, the garden and the pretty terrace of this unusual museum.


4- The former metallurgical factory of Saint-Juéry

We stay in Albi to discover another museum, the old metallurgical factory of Saint-Juéry. Between films, animated models, demonstrations, sound and light, you enter a power plant dating from 1824, where no less than 3,800 workers manufactured quality tools. Take a leap back to trace the industrial epic of the site in the 19th and 20th century.

Read our fact sheet on the village of Saint-Juéry


5- The village of Cordes-sur-Ciel in the Tarn

We leave Albi and go a little further north, to Cordes-sur-Ciel, to admire the animals sculpted on the facades of the city. Between the narrow streets and the old houses, this medieval city offers a unique spectacle if you look up. On Gothic facades is transcribed a whole story, as well as many animals such as dragons, monsters,hybrid animals, grimacing characters and magnificent faces.

Read our fact sheet on the charming village of Cordes-sur-Ciel


strings on sky


6- The Tarn tourist railway

We continue the excursion via Gaillac to stop at Saint-Lieux-lès-Lavaur, to discover the tourist railway of the Tarn and the railway museum. In the Agout valley, enjoy an unusual experience on an old railway line which takes you on a discovery of picturesque landscapes, while historical anecdotes are told to you. After a 40-minute walk, visit the museum which tells you its story through the years, between mines, salt marshes, sugar refinery, quarry and blowing snow.

7- The Mazamet footbridge in the Tarn

We move away from Toulouse with a stop in the south at the Mazamet footbridge, a path in the void 140 meters long at 70 meters in height above the Arnette. Join the small medieval village of Hautpoul with a dizzying ride unique in Occitania. Overcome your vertigo and fill up on sensations, the panoramic view of the Arnette valley is worth the detour.

Read our information sheet on the Mazamet footbridge


The Mazamet Footbridge


8- The rocks of Sidobre in Lacrouzette

We continue the descent towards the south to surprise the rocks of Sidobre in Lacrouzette, quirky blocks formed of granite. This geological site is exceptional and unique in Europe, in the heart of the Hauts-Languedoc regional natural park. Discover a world apart between verdant forests and rocky forms dating back 300 million years.

Read our sheet on the Sidobre in Castres


Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire

Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire
Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire

Les Toiles de la Montagne Noire, a 100% Tarn fabric shop in Castres Immerse yourself in a world of softness in the ...

Castres

Irish Pub The Quay

Irish Pub The Quay
Irish Pub The Quay

The Quay pub is a real traditional Irish pub. Its decoration: a mixture of wood, antiques, fishing gear, gives a ...

85 m - Castres

Golf Gourjade

Golf Gourjade
Golf Gourjade

Golf Gourjade, the conviviality of the swing to discover in Tarn-Aveyron What a pleasure to share a sporting moment ...

1,7 km - Castres


9- Peyro Clabado Rock

Don't leave, we'll take you to the Peyro Clabado rock, the most impressive rock in Sidobre to discover on the wonder trail, a 780-ton rock that rests miraculously on a 1 m2 base. The trembling rock of sept-faux is equally impressive with its 900 tons that defy gravity.

10- The village of Ambialet in the Tarn

We go back to the east of Albi for the last stage, in the charming village of Ambialet. This unusual city is particular in its architecture, with Ambialet-le-Haut and Ambialet-le-Bas. The meander of the Tarn forms a 3 km loop, like a peninsula on which there are 4 churches, a priory and a hydroelectric power station. Admire the magnificent view of the valley and the river before enjoying nature on foot, on horseback or by bike.

Read our fact sheet on the village of Ambialet

Ambialet Guide Tarn Aveyron


The Tarn is an incredible region that reveals hidden treasures, superb to discover and observe. You can now organize your entire epic thanks to the top 10 unusual visits in the Tarn.


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