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TARN ET GARONNE - The Bas Quercy

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Map of Tarn-et-Garonne, Lower Quercy

Map of Tarn-et-Garonne, Lower Quercy


Bas Quercy is a little bit of the Lot which enters Tarn-et-Garonne. Here, the shrubs are in fact cadors of several tens or even hundreds of years! Environment of causses, alternating with orchards, vineyards, meadows... Alluvial plains and large flat spaces. Here it is a country of mines, iron, wine, wood! Dream while looking at the small isolated farmhouses in the middle of the fields, and if you put your luggage there, a few days?


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Caussade

Welcome to "the city of the hat"! Here, the straw hat and the boater with its ribbon are fashionable here. It was in 1856 that the saga began, the hat industry flourished and took off, until it gave fame to the city.

Stroll through Caussade to discover the Maison de Léon de Maleville, the 13th century Tower of Arles opposite the church steeple, the fountain with 2 lion heads, the beautiful residences...

It is at the Tourist Office of Caussade that you will discover a scenographic space presenting you the epic hatter of Caussade. In July, the Estivales du Chapeau will keep you informed and... don't forget to leave the city with a little souvenir... on your head!

The Caussade market takes place on Mondays, it is a lively and well-stocked place. And if you come with your family, discover the Parc de la Lère and its 55 ha: walk, swimming pool, campsite, chalets in the middle of nature... A very nice place!


The Tower of Arles in Caussade

Montpezat-de-Quercy

On the foothills of Quercy, Montpezat stands! Stroll through its characterful streets, passing through the 14th century city gate , the only vestige of the 5 original gates. The beautiful half-timbered houses follow one another, before joining the cloister of the former Ursuline convent. In July and August, nearby is a museum of veterans, in a small chapel. The small presbytery park with its well is next to the Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, in the Gothic style, with its tapestries, which are classified as historical monuments. Then go behind the collegiate church to see half-timbered houses and then continue on the ramparts to get an overview of the city. Nearby, you can spend a moment or a holiday at the Faillal leisure park, rich with a swimming pool, lodges, hiking trails and beautiful samples of flora and fauna.


Montpezat-de-Quercy

Montpezat-de-Quercy

Molieres

On the border of the Lot, Molières is a green resort and a pleasant village steep on a hill. We will visit the Church of the Nativity of Notre-Dame and its beautiful interior paintings. Molières benefits from the attractiveness of the Malivert leisure base, with its white sand beach, around its lake, which is also suitable for fishing.


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The French

To have a very beautiful panoramic view of the plains of the Tarn and the Aveyron, you have to come to Lafrancaise, a real belvedere! A dynamic town, there are beautiful monuments and interesting architectural sites : La Chapelle de Lapeyrouse and its beautiful unique Romano-Byzantine architecture, the Grandmontaine de Francour abbey (historical monument), the Château de la Baronnie (private but very pretty), the very beautiful bourgeois house which houses the Tourist Office, with its double staircase and its pink brick facade. Come and see the Pontalaman Cascade Bridge, which allows you to cross the Lamboulas, built of fairground bricks, its purpose was to regulate the flow of water from the mill downstream. In the city cemetery, some pyramidal tombs could arouse the curiosity of lovers of this kind of monument!


LaFrançaise Orientation Table

LaFrançaise Orientation Table

Moissac

North of Castelsarrasin, Moissac is a town of 12,500 inhabitants, dynamic and attractive. Crossed by the Garonne canal, which joins the latter at the confluence with the Tarn, Moissac is known to be the emblematic city of the Chasselas grape, several farmers in the region produce it. You will discover these sweet and fragrant grains during the fruit festival in early September. The GR 65, road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle (via Podiensis), passes through the city and the development of Jacquaire tourism and tourism in general is an important issue in Moissac. The medieval architecture of the city pleases. It has also joined the label of Grands Sites de Midi-Pyrénées, as well as City of Art and History.

As you walk through Moissac, you will enjoy seeing the hall dating from 1891, where the market is held. The Napoleon bridge, which crosses the Tarn with its elegant arches. The Saint-Pierre abbey, which is one of the most beautiful Romanesque architectural ensembles, its bell tower, the cloister, the tympanum, the abbey church... The Garonne side canal, which extends the Canal du Midi, is a pleasant place to walk. Visit the Moissac Museum, which presents collections relating to the history of the town and the Abbey.



The tips and good plans of the Guide Tarn Aveyron in Moissac:

  • Moissac is a city that suffered major and deadly floods in 1930. The Tarn came out of its bed and a large part of the city was destroyed, then rebuilt with buildings in an art deco style. Lovers of this style can walk from the Saint Blanche district to the Uvarium.
  • Visit the Saint-Martin church at the exit of the town, one of the oldest in France. Guided tours in summer.
  • Go see the Moulin de Bidounet, which dates from the 14th century (rebuilt in the 15th century), it is the gateway to an eponymous campsite.
  • The magnificent Moulin de Moissac is visible from the waves, it is a modern and comfortable 3-star hotel, which houses a spa...
  • Admire the Cacor canal bridge, an imposing structure with a brick apron, which allows the side canal of the Garonne to span the Tarn. We can walk there, on foot or by bike, it's fun to see the boats sailing alongside us, with the Tarn below! A very beautiful view of Moissac awaits you there.

Moissac

Moissac

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Lauzerte

Welcome to one of the most beautiful villages in France. Lauzerte is in Quercy and 15 km north of Moissac. Bastide placed at the top of a hill, it therefore benefits from a splendid view of the surrounding countryside. Stroll through the narrow streets, passing by the small Place des Cornières (small, for a bastide!), appreciate the 13th century houses, and the many white stone buildings in the region. Take a few steps up to the esplanade to see the beautiful view! You will also see the small chapel of the hospice, which welcomed pilgrims from Compostela. The Saint-Barthélemy church, at the very top of the town, welcomes you with its square bell tower. The Capuchin Monastery has been beautifully renovated. It houses the legend of Father Calixte, who appears in the form of a golden glow every year on Christmas Eve at midnight. Lauzerte is on the via Podiensis, like Moissac, which is the next town.


The tips and good plans of the Guide Tarn Aveyron in Lauzerte:

  • In Lauzerte, Quercy melon is produced, in season, discover it on the market stalls.
  • Take a walk in the Pilgrim's Gardens, a beautiful one-hectare park.
  • A beautiful point of view is the Place de la Barbican, a military structure where you can admire a large bench of white stones, decorated with ceramics.
  • Walk around Grand Rue and Rue de la Garrigue to see the medieval houses of former merchants. Their place of commercial exploitation and storage was on the ground floor and the dwellings upstairs.
  • Walk the "Path of the Awakened", on the old city ditches where locals walked in medieval times.
  • Look at the "revealed corner", an artistic work by the ceramist Jacques Buchholtz. What's hiding under the cobblestones?
  • Admire the wrought iron signs made by the artistic ironworker Sylvain Soligon.
  • Not far from Lauzerte, go and see the medieval park Au Castel des Chevaliers with the children! In Sainte-Juliet.
  • The Manimopark educational farm is located in Montbarla. There you will see funny animals and a garden.
  • To relax, go to the Spa Le Pavillon de Graines de Pastel, which is open to customers of the Belvedere hotel, but also to external customers.

 

The magnificent panorama of Lauzerte

The magnificent panorama of Lauzerte

We relax on the terrace of a café!

We relax on the terrace of a café!

Montaigu-de-Quercy

Located in Pays de Serre, Station Verte, Montaigu is a sunny village benefiting from a very beautiful leisure center, Montaigu Plage, around a lake with blue waters. 40 ha of woods, nautical activities, bathing and leisure. For holidaymakers wishing to stay on site, the place has a campsite and lodgings with original architecture. The market which takes place on Saturday morning, animates the village square.