Gites at La Greze

THINGS TO DO AND SEE

La Gréze lies close to the “golden triangle”, the area between Gaillac, Albi and Cordes, and is a perfect base to explore the local vinyards and the many ancient hilltop, fortress villages known as “bastides”, the most famous being Cordes itself. Other beautiful bastide villages such as Bruniquel, Puycelsi, Penne and Castelnau de Montmiral itself are only minutes away. Each one is different, with its’ own character and history, and it’s own bars, restaurants and cafes where you can sample the local cuisine and the excellent local wine. Throughout the summer there are many activities in and around these towns and villages including jazz festivals, classical music and rock concerts, markets and fairs. The local village, Castelnau de Montmiral, is less than a kilometer away and has an excellent restaurant, a bar/bistro, a small general store, a pharmacy, a patisserie and a post office.


Gaillac

Gaillac, the centre of one of the oldest wine producing areas in France, lies on the banks of the Tarn just 10 minutes drive to the south. Though little known outside France, the gourmet wines of this region date back over 1000 years. The town itself can trace its’ history back almost 2000 years and has much to offer the modern visitor. As well as the 10th century Abbaye Saint Michel on the banks of the river, there is the Musee des Beaux Arts and the museum of Natural History; there are many “caves des vins” where you can taste or buy the local wines and a colourful market every Friday. Throughout the summer there are various concerts and fêtes and the Gaillac wine festival in August.


Albi

The small city of Albi, now a World Heritage Site, is less than half an hour’s drive away. The mellow, pink bricks of the old quarter give this city a soft, dreamy atmosphere; the elegant squares with their fountains and cafes make it an ideal place to sit a while and watch the world go by after a stroll round the old streets of the pedestrian shopping area. The spectacular cathedral of Ste. Cecile dominates the centre of the Place Ste Cecile and the nearby Toulouse Lautrec museum, with its’ beautiful gardens on the banks of the Tarn, is well worth a visit.


St Antonin Noble Val

Situated on the banks of the Aveyron beneath the spectacular cliffs of the Gorges d’Aveyron, St Antonin has its’ own unique charm. Originally a Gallo-Roman settlement, the town developed rapidly during the middle ages due to the trade in cloth, fur and leather and many of 13th, 14th and 15th century houses, once the homes of wealthy merchants, still remain.


Further Afield

Further afield, but still less than an hour away, there is the beautiful, red brick city of Toulouse with its’ art galleries, museums, elegant shops and "Cite de l'Espace". For aeronautical enthusiasts, we can also organise for you to join a tour of the Airbus factory provided you let us know in advance.
Or you may prefer the delights of the old walled town of Carcassonne, a Cathar stronghold, rich in history and dating back to the 6th century B.C.
The Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast and the spectacular Tarn Gorges are also within reach for a day trip.


ACTIVITIES


Museums & Galleries

There is a wide range of traditional and specialist museums and galleries ranging from the Museum of Chocolate Art in Lisle Sur Tarn to the world famous Toulouse Lautrec Museum in Albi.


Swimming & Water Sports

In addition to the pool at La Gréze, there are many places to swim ranging from the Bas Vère-Grésigne which also has wind surfing, pedal boats and sailing, to the “Swim-Paradise” in Albi.


Kayaking

Full or half day hires are available on either the Aveyron or on the Tarn.


Walking and Mountain Biking

There are many marked trails for walking or biking, particularly in and around the Fôret de Grésigne.
Mountain bikes can be hired locally.


Other Activities

Tennis, mini-golf, pedal-boats, canoeing, horse riding, golf, fishing.

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