Did you know that The Tarn is a mostly undiscovered area in south-west France and boasts a perfect spring temperature of 16°c? Visitors can soak up wonderful scenery including huge vineyards, vibrant sunflower fields, picture-perfect hilltop villages, the winding Tarn River and the Aveyron gorges.
There are 800km of hiking trails for enthusiastic walker and ideal traffic free cycle paths, making it easy for families, or less confident riders to safely explore the area.
Cyclists can ride through the town of Castres, also known as 'Little Venice', a reference to its pastel coloured houses sitting on the banks of the Argout River. Other places of interest en route include Lautrec, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France featuring a charming 17th century windmill.
If cycling is not for you, north of the Montagne Noire in the Haut Languedoc Regional Park lays a mysterious forested area called Sidobre. The area is home to strange rock formations caused by a stream of molten magma three hundred years ago.
The Tarn is home to four of 'Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' including Castelnau de Montmiral located on a hilltop overlooking the Vère Valley. Bordered on four sides by houses on vaulted arches, the central square is known as 'Le Place des Arcades'.
Where to stay?
The accommodation options in the Tarn vary from luxury chateaus in the middle of the Gaillac vineyards to brand new small boutique hotels in the heart of the city of Albi.
Try Hotel Alchimy, situated in the centre of Albi, it is a 4-stars boutique hotel offering true style ideally located within a stone’s throw off the city's main attractions.
Classic Double Room price: From £124.32 per night, based on two persons sharing. Telephone: +33 (0)5 63 76 18 18
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