Puylaurens is perfectly placed for tourists, at the heart of a triangle formed by Toulouse, Carcassonne and Albi. It was important for us to be within 45 minutes of Toulouse and its airport, both for business opportunities and family visits from Australia, Brazil and England.
Whether you’re into hiking, cycling, sightseeing, winetasting, house hunting, golf or cave safari, you won’t be short of options. We are happy to give you tips and recommendations.
Visit the UNESCO heritage sites of Albi’s cathedral and the Canal du Midi, climb the 12th-century ramparts of Carcassonne, or explore the Cathar outposts of Lastours and Minerve. Enjoy the view from Cordes sur Ciel or travel deep into time in the Grotte de Limousis. Science fans should not miss Toulouse’s Space Museum.
All sorts of beautiful, well-signposted walks start in Puylaurens. We are happy to provide maps but you can explore in confidence that the Puylaurens churchtower is visible for miles around. Better still, join the locals on a picnic walk.
From quiet country roads to the Canal du Midi or rugged logging tracks, this is great cycling country and the Tour de France is a regular visitor. For challenging climbs, hit the ‘black runs’ of Laurent Jalabert. We offer advice on rentals, routes and secure storage for your bikes.
Kids and adults can swing through the trees at the Cri du Tarzan adventure park, only a few minutes away.Other options for adrenaline junkies are the nearby quad bike park, kayaking at Burlats and Tarassac, or a cave safari in the gigantic Gouffre de Cabrespine.
Whether you’re looking for foie gras, duck confit or organic vegetables, you won’t go hungry in the south west. From Michelin-star restaurants or great-value lunch deals, we’ll help you discover the area’s best-kept secrets. We can also arrange a cheese-tasting evening with our local fromager.
The nearby Black Mountains are full of beautiful freshwater lakes such as Saint-Ferréol and Montagnès, both with lifeguards, restaurants and lots of fun activities.
Kickstarted by the Phoenicians in the 4th century BC, Gaillac has some of the oldest vineyards in France. The region has a superb range of affordable varieties and wine lovers should also include a visit to the Cabardès, Malapère and Minervois vineyards.
There are several excellent golf courses within 15-30 minutes’ drive, of which the most beautiful are the 18-hole courses at Etangs de Fiac
(ngf-golf.com) and Mazamet (golfmazamet.fr)