The Quercy Vert and its treasures

Bruniquel

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Dominated by the silhouette of its two imposing castles, the medieval city of Bruniquel, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, is a real architectural gem.

Suitable for strolling, this ancient stronghold, once prosperous thanks to the trade in hemp, flax and saffron, retains many testimonies of its rich past. Strolling through its cobbled streets full of charm is like immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the splendor of the Middle Ages, and it is discovering a number of stone houses from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, some of which are embellished with beautiful mullioned windows. Superb example of medieval civil architecture, the Payrol house, former home of the governors of Bruniquel, houses 13th century wall paintings, a Renaissance ceiling, as well as a museum exhibiting a collection of objects linked to local history . Once the visit is over, the walk continues towards the top of the village, where the two Bruniquel castles, which are the old castle from the 13th - 19th centuries, and the young castle from the 15th - 17th centuries, watch over them. Their visit will allow you to admire the tower of Queen Brunehaut, the room of the knights with twin windows, or the Renaissance-style gallery and its splendid panorama over the Aveyron valley. A permanent exhibition on Prehistory and on the film "Le Vieux Fusil" by Robert Enrico, which was partly shot in these places, as well as temporary exhibitions, complete the discovery of this site.

Each year, at the end of July-beginning of August, the lyric festival dedicated to Jacques Offenbach - the Festival des Châteaux de Bruniquel - constitutes the high point of the festive calendar of the city.

Puycelsi

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daramousque_108. Fortified walls of Puyc

Located on the border between Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne, between Albigeois and Quercy, the village of Puycelsi, classified among the most beautiful in France, is nicely nicknamed the "fortress of the woods". Perched on a promontory overlooking the forest of Grésigne, it is surrounded by more than 800 meters of ramparts behind which medieval charm immediately operates!

Come and admire the beautiful 15th and 16th century houses in stone, brick, half-timbered and corbelled; the covered way offering magnificent views of the surrounding landscapes of Puycelsi; the Saint-Roch chapel built in 1703 by the inhabitants to thank the saint for having protected them from the plague; the Saint-Corneille church, in southern Gothic style, with its single nave and altarpiece dating from the 17th century; or the castle and its two round towers.

Albi

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daramousque_074. Albi's St. Cécile Cathe

Dominated by the silhouette of its two imposing castles, the medieval city of Bruniquel, ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, is a real architectural gem.

Suitable for strolling, this ancient stronghold, once prosperous thanks to the trade in hemp, flax and saffron, retains many testimonies of its rich past. Strolling through its cobbled streets full of charm is like immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the splendor of the Middle Ages, and it is discovering a number of stone houses from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, some of which are embellished with beautiful mullioned windows. Superb example of medieval civil architecture, the Payrol house, former home of the governors of Bruniquel, houses 13th century wall paintings, a Renaissance ceiling, as well as a museum exhibiting a collection of objects linked to local history . Once the visit is over, the walk continues towards the top of the village, where the two Bruniquel castles, which are the old castle from the 13th - 19th centuries, and the young castle from the 15th - 17th centuries, watch over them. Their visit will allow you to admire the tower of Queen Brunehaut, the room of the knights with twin windows, or the Renaissance-style gallery and its splendid panorama over the Aveyron valley. A permanent exhibition on Prehistory and on the film "Le Vieux Fusil" by Robert Enrico, which was partly shot in these places, as well as temporary exhibitions, complete the discovery of this site.

Each year, at the end of July-beginning of August, the lyric festival dedicated to Jacques Offenbach - the Festival des Châteaux de Bruniquel - constitutes the high point of the festive calendar of the city.

The Gorges of Aveyron

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The gorges of the Aveyron, visible between Bruniquel and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, reserve for lovers of unspoiled landscapes a succession of high limestone cliffs dominating a wild and green nature. From the gorges road, several points of view on the rock faces and the river will be available to you.

Near Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, do not miss to visit, in summer, the Bosc cave, an unusual place dug over time by an old underground river, and which today reveals, according to its long corridor of 200 meters, a splendid palette of colors and concretions!

From April to October, descents of the Aveyron gorges by canoe or kayak are offered from Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.

And many more...

Daramousque is located in the Tarn et Garonne in the Midi-Pyrénées. The Midi-Pyrénées region is one of the sunniest in France and the average temperature is 25 ° C for 60 to 80 days a year. We can even reach 20 ° C in October. According to surveys, the Midi-Pyrénées region is also the one where we live the best and the oldest in France. The sunshine, the festivals and festivities, the traditions, the good food, the quality of human relations make it a little paradise! Daramousque is very close to the pretty village of Monclar-de-Quercy. The village square hosts the weekly market. There you will find a church, a pharmacy, a new supermarket and several bakers, as well as bars and restaurants.

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Daramousque is very close to the Tarn department by road and you can also discover the most beautiful bastides and medieval villages in France. Puycelsi, Bruniqeul and Montricoux are 20 minutes away; Castelnau-de-Montmiral and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val are half an hour away. The nearest town is Montauban. It was founded in 1144; it is the administrative center of Tarn-et-Garonne.

Other big cities are worth the detour: Gaillac, famous for its wine, Albi, birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec and its beautiful cathedral and finally Moissac and its Romanesque Art. South of Daramousque you can visit Toulouse which is the city most largest in Midi-Pyrénées and the fourth largest city in France. The towns of Carcassonne and Cahors are really worth a visit, and for their architecture, and for their good restaurants and beautiful shops. From Daramousque, it is easy to reach the Mediterranean Coast, Spain and the Pyrenees. Don't forget your passport to visit the coastal resorts of the Coast during the day, ski in the Pyrenees or stroll in the “Ventas” in Spain!

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You can stroll in the markets, visit the bastides and the castles and this, if you manage to escape Daramousque! The Tarn et Garonne region is renowned for its good wines and culinary specialties such as cassoulet, foie gras, cheese of Roquefort, Noir-de-Bigorre ham etc. You will find these specialties on the menu of many local restaurants. Every town has a bustling weekly market day. You will find fresh products, cheeses, fruits and vegetables, meat and wines. In season, in September and October, it's the turn of goose and duck confits, foie gras and porcini mushrooms from Vaïssac. 80% of the fruits of the Midi-Pyrénées region come from Tarn et Garonne. The department has received several awards for its plums, nuts, apples and grapes. It also grows delicious melons, peaches and nectarines which are perfect in July and August.

After so much excess, if you have the sporty mood, a whole set of sports activities will be offered to you! You can work out by indulging in hiking, cycling, swimming, tennis, horse riding, canoeing, golf, fishing, microlight or visit museums, galleries, castles, country houses, churches, vineyards , antique dealers ...

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