The Village

High above the rolling Lauragais plains of Cathar country, Puylaurens is surrounded by beautiful views on all sides – the patchwork of pink garlic fields of Lautrec to the north, the Black Mountains of the Massif Central to the east and the snowcapped Pyrenees to the south.


‘Birthplace’ of Marianne, the symbol of French liberty, the fortified medieval village of Puylaurens was an affluent centre of the Pays de Cocagne in the 16th century thanks to cultivation of the pastel flower which was used across Europe as a blue dye. A hotbed of Cathar dissent in the 12th century, Puylaurens and its pastel grinding mills later formed a breeding ground for radical new ideas such as Protestantism.

There is a wide variety of great restaurants in and around the village – we are happy to give recommendations. There are also several cafés and one bar.
M Perrier’s award-winning patisserie, two bakeries, a butcher, charcutier and greengrocer. Intermarche and Carrefour supermarkets.
The Place du Ravelin hosts the main market on Wednesday, a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages. We also recommend a visit to the Saturday markets in nearby Castres and Revel.
Visit the newly refurbished tourism office for information about hiking and cycling routes, use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and fishing lake.

11 Rue Cap de Castel, 81700 PUYLAURENS; tel: +33 (0)6 80 81 99 74
- GPS : 43.5716, 2.0143 or 43°34'18"N 2°00'51"E