Would you like to visit Albi and its surroundings?
In this article you will find the account of my weekend in Albi and its surroundings:
- What to see in Albi?
- What to do around Albi?
- Where to stay in the vicinity of Albi?
Visit Albi and its surroundings
The Tarn is a department to discover, you can visit the sublime city of Albi as well as picturesque villages ranked among the most beautiful in France. We spent a few days in the area, on a balmy weekend in November.
Visit Albi the Red ♥♥♥
Albi nicknamed the “red” because of its red brick architecture is a splendid city of art and history.
What to see in Albi
- The Berbie Palace and its Gardens. It is the former palace of the archbishops of Albi which now houses the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum
- The Old Bridge built in 1035, one of the oldest bridges in France still in condition and in operation
- Cloister of the Collegiale Saint Salvy
- The fortified cathedral of St Cecilia (built between the 13th and 16th centuries), its interior decoration constitutes the largest collection of Italian paintings made in France
Puycelsi is a fortified medieval village ranked among the most beautiful villages in France.
The village built on top of a rock dominates the valley of the Vère was founded by the monks of the abbey of Aurillac.
What to see in Puycelsi
- St. Roch Chapel
- St. Corneille Church
- The ramparts
The village overlooks the left bank of the Aveyron and lives at the foot of the ruins of its castle.
Lisle on tarn ♥
This village has a central square with red brick facades and half-timbered ones not to be missed
Also worth a visit is the Church of Our Lady of Jonquière and the Castle of Gines.
Strings on sky♥♥♥
A favourite village of the French in 2014, Cordes sur ciel is a must-see in the Tarn.
Park your car at the foot of the village and gather your forces to climb: the small cobbled streets lead to the top of this beautiful medieval city. Hidden corners, old houses, medieval facades, craftsmen and shops.
Cordes was founded in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse. The latter wanted to build a stronghold against the advance of troops from northern France to eliminate the Cathars.Soon, Cordes-sur-Ciel prospered thanks to the trade in sheets, silks and leathers.
Castelnau de Montmiral ♥♥
Castelnau is a medieval city overlooking the Tarn Valley, ranked among the “most beautiful in France”
What to see in Castelnau de Montmiral
- Place des Arcades
- Fortified doors
- Our Lady of the Assumption Church
Where to stay around Albi?
We booked a charming guest room at the “Domain 3 Suns”, only a few kilometers from Albi, quiet, in the countryside, ideal to visit the main places of interest in the region and recharge.
We especially enjoyed being able to relax in the jacuzzi of the garden, to enjoy a good wellness massage and to eat local products at the guest table.
If you would like to book, you can find the link to the Booking website below:
Address: place called Gabaude, 81150 Labastide-de-Lévis
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