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A brief guide to all the major towns and cities near to Mazamet

Visit the things to do page to find out about more places to go and see.


Carcassonne | Albi | Castres | Béziers | Foix

Gaillac | Millau | Montpellier | Narbonne | Perpignan | Revel | Toulouse


Gaillac

Although it is the commercial centre for North West Tarn, Gaillac is best known for it’s wine production. Wines have been produced in Gaillac since Roman times (around 125BC) and have turned a small market town into a world-renowned area for wine production.

Gaillac has three weekly produce markets and has remained unspoilt and slightly unsophisticated, which makes it all the more charming and unique. With vineyards situated on the rolling hillsides either side of the River Tarn, the scenery around Gaillac is really spectacular.

Gaillac is 70 km from Mazamet


Millau

Recently made famous with the opening of the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, Millau has a population of around 22,000 people.

Designed by British architect Lord Foster in collaboration with French bridge engineer Michel Virlogeux, Viaduc de Millau as the tallest viaduct in the world - with one pier's summit rising to an impressive 341 metres (1,118 ft). Opened in December 2004, it bridges the valley of the River Tarn, replacing the bridge that crossed the River Tarn in the actual centre of the town of Millau.

Viaduc de Millau has provided a clear and more cost-effective solution for the A75 motorway from Clermont-Ferraud South to Beziers and, has shortened the journey by up to 4 hours (in Summer peak traffic), or some 100km. It is a truly remarkable feat and features and impressive steel deck as opposed to the more conventional concrete roadbed.

N.B. The Eiffage Group operates the viaduct as a toll bridge, with the toll currently set at 4.90 for light automobiles (€6.50 during the peak months of July and August).

As Millau is in the heart of the Natural Regional Park of the Grands Causses, it’s a wonderful place for sports-enthusiasts to visit – paragliding, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain-biking and horse-riding are just some of the exciting things to do.

Other things to see and do in Millau include visiting the cheese caves of Roquefort, taking in the sites of the Larzac plateau and the Tarn Gorges. Don’t forget about shopping too – previously a centre of leather manufacture in France, there are numerous leather good stores selling anything from jackets to gloves in a wonderful array of colours and styles. Well worth a visit is the Millau Museum with its history, geology and leather-making sections.

To find out more about Millau, visit: www.ot-millau.fr/

Millau is 120 km from Mazamet


Montpellier

Located at the crossroads of the Mediterranian, Montpellier is wonderfully placed geographically. It’s town centre has lived through medieval times and successfully combines both modern architecture and a vast array of 17th and 18th century private mansions.

The Faculty of Medicine – the oldest in the Western world, is in Montpellier, together with a wealth of other educational facilities with enviable reputations, including The Universities of Law and The Arts.

A highly interesting place to visit with wonderful weather throughout most of the year, Montpellier is well worth the two hour drive from Mazamet, although we do suggest that you consider staying overnight to allow maximum time to enjoy this history and culture-rich part of France.

To find out more about Montpellier, visit: www.montpellier.fr

Montpellier is 150 km from Mazamet


Narbonne

Founded as a Roman port in 118 BC, Narbonne is now located about 15km from the Mediterranean Sea.

Narbonne has a population of around 40,000 people and is, as with many French towns, built around a river - the Canal de Robine, which joins the Canal du Midi, runs through the centre of the city. A daily covered market is held at les Halles, next to the canal and there are also open air markets held on a Tuesday and Thursday.

The Saint-Just cathedral, dating from 1272, is worth a visit, as is the ‘Palais des Archeveques’ (or Archbishop’s Palace).

Narbonne Plage is a short drive away and well worth the effort – enjoy the beautifully kept large beaches at the foot of the limestone massif, Montagne de la Clape.

Narbonne is 75 km from Mazamet


Perpignan

With it’s geographical positioning and the fact that a large percentage of its population is of Spanish origin, it’s not surprising that Perpignan is as much Catalan as it is French. Perpignan also benefits from other southern influences from North Africa.

Perpignan enjoyed its heyday in the 13th and 14th centuries when the kings of Majorca held their court there – their kingdom spread north as far as Montpellier and included the Balearic islands. Today, Perpignan is still a major commercial centre and the third largest Catalan city in existence. The 13th century castle of the kings of Majorca sits on the high citadel, surrounded by ramparts making for a wonderful photo opportunity – it’s also visitable daily between 10am and 6pm June to September and between 9am and 5pm October to May.

Based at the foothills of the Pyrenees, this is a wonderful place from which to travel into the mountains.

Perpignan is 160 km from Mazamet


Revel

The provincial town of Revel is renowned for it’s market, held on a Saturday.

The town itself is a bastide dating from 1342. It has an attractive arcaded central square with a superb wooden-pillared halle in the centre.

Revel is 35 km from Mazamet


Toulouse

Situated between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Toulouse is home to some 740,000 inhabitants and with it’s growing greater urban district, Toulouse is among the biggest cities in southern Europe. It is also the 4th largest French city and the capital of the great Midi-Pyrenees region.

With over 24 centuries of history, Toulouse is full of fascinating sights, buildings, monuments, museums and galleries. It is host to a wealth of art and culture made easily accessible for all to enjoy.

As the European leader and world’s number one in aeronautical activities, and Europe’s leader for space activities, it’s no surprise that Toulouse is also home to both the Académie de l'Air et de l'Espace and the Cité de l'Espace Space Museum.

Toulouse has no less than 160 parks and gardens and 800 hectares of leisure and sports areas – making this the ideal place to visit if you love outdoor pursuits.

This is also a fabulous area for shopping with lots of individual boutiques, set alongside all the designer shops!

Toulouse is 80 km from Mazamet


We offer holiday accommodation (vacation accommodation) in Mazamet, France.

We also offer Chambre d'hôte (Bed & Breakfast) accommodation.

Mazamet is in South West France 50km from Carcassonne and 80km from Toulouse.

 


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