The Tarn is an extremely beautiful department still not discovered by mass tourism. It's remarkable green hilly landscape, consisting of meadows and woodland, is the domain of the river Tarn. The type of soil that is surfacing, determines the characteristics of the local environment.
Albi for instance, is located in an area of red clay. All houses are build with orange bricks. The soil of the famous wine district around Gaillac and Cordes sur Ciel, west of Albi, consists of lime rock and gives the surroundings a completely different atmosphere, because all houses are made of yellow-grey boulders. Around St. Affrique and Millau dominates a deep purple soil layer, whilst the area of la Libaudié consists of slate. The 80 cm thick walls of our ancient farm, are made of slate.
The area of the Vallée du Tarn has an inexhaustible source of culture, gastronomy and history.
In the Tarn region you won't be flooded by thousands of tourists, by screaming billboards, tens of "theme" parks.
No, the Tarn Valley is a peaceful and quiet region where you can relax by walking or biking in a colourful, relaxing scenery, where you can enjoy a "Pastis" on one of the cosy terraces in little picturesque villages where the local people enjoy themselves with a game of Pétangue or where you may saunter around one of the many flea markets.
The Cathare fortified cathedral St. Cécile in Albi build in 1284 is a must to visit! Outside a grotesque monstrous colossus with 3,5 meter thick walls; once entered you encounter colours, richness, pomp and circumstance. The church, the biggest brick stone building in the world preserves one of the richest collections of sculptures. The ceilings are painted with fresco's by Italian renaissance painters. Pay attention on the magnificent pipe organ and the Fresco "the last judgement" below it.
Museum Toulouse Lautrec
The most remarkable public collection worldwide
More than 1000 works, among which 31 famous posters, are kept within this impressive fortress.
Paintings from his youth, portraits, paintings of brothels, advertisements but also lithographs make this collection execeptional.
Every stage of his production is represented.
A visit of the Toulouse Lautrec museum allows you to follow the evolution of this atypical artist by a chronological discovery of his work but also by a thematic approach. The collection has recently acquired new works.
One of the biggest contemporary museums
The Toulouse Lautrec museum offers new welcoming and animation areas. It is a great contemporary museum with a clear and elegant museography but also with a new way of visiting it.
From the Garonne to the Canal du Midi, and from Saint Sernin to the Cité de l'espace, the many different faces of Toulouse invite visitors to come on a journey of discovery. So accept the invitation offered and come to Toulouse as a pilgrim to its numerous churches, a student of the history of art (or simply an art enthusiast) to its museums and galleries, a navigator on the Garonne, and an expert on heavenly bodies to the Cité de l'espace. And then, content and overwhelmed with what you have seen, join our other guests in having just one final wish - to come back soon. From art of the antiquity to modern art, from Romanesque art treasures to impressionist masterpieces, from Ancient Egypt to the stars, Toulouse is home to some vital collections. The museums themselves are housed in buildings that are heritage jewels, or in astonishing converted industrial buildings. As you go from one museum to the next, youll discover the charms of the Ville Rose yourself.
Cité de l'espace in Toulouse
Airbus A380 Expo
Viaduct van Millau
2460 meters long - 343 meters high! The highest bridge in the world. The Millau Viaduct, designed by the English architect Lord Norman Foster. The search for an aesthetic construction led Michel Virlogeux to adopt the principle of a multi-stayed viaduct, consisting of slender soaring pillars and a very light deck, just touching the valley at only seven points.
At 40 km distance from Libaudié you'll find Roquefort, where the world famous Roquefort cheese is made. You can visit the caves where the cheese, made from sheep's milk, matures and where it gets its well-known blue veins. In Roquefort there are 7 producers of the famous blue cheese: Vernières, Combes, Crouzat, Carles, Gabriël Coulet, Papillon, Société
Een goed bewaard vestingstadje dat in de twaalfde en dertiende eeuw is gesticht door de Orde van de tempeliers. Nadat deze orde was ontbonden in 1312 werd het overgenomen door ridders van de Orde van Malta.
Montpellier le Vieux
One and a half hours from here you will find the nature reserve of Montpellier le Vieux at the edge of the Cevennes. Magnificant rock formations where you can wander around for hours. Several trails varying from one to several hours are set out here, or you take the little train that drives around.
The French get their granite from the Sidobre. The Sidobre is one and a half hours from us and is an impressiv nature reserve. You will see gigantic granite boulders in a beautiful forest. We have assembled a beautiful tour for you through these rocky surroundings.
Discover the world of insects. Micropolis is a complex building where you can discover the secrets of common insects, like the wasps, the grasshoppers, ants, etc. The famous film Microcosmos was made by them.