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Partons en weekend - Occitanie
Pyrénées Magazine a sorti en octobre 2022 un hors-série consacré à 13 destinations idéales pour partir en weekend en Occitanie, de St Girons à Uzès en passant par Toulouse, Montauban, Figeac, Rodez, Mende, Sète, entre autres et bien évidemment Albi.
Dans ce numéro, en plus de voir Franck danser avec Miss Grumpy, vous découvrirez quelques idées pour découvrir notre cité. Les bonnes adresses pour manger et bien évidemment où dormir : Au Rez de Jardin Albi !
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La saison 2023 sera, à nouveau, riche en événements et manifestations.
Une multitude de bonnes raisons de séjourner dans le Tarn !
En plus de la richesse de la cité épiscopale d'Albi, des musées et monuments détaillés ci-dessous, des multiples activités à faire à Albi et de la beauté des paysages et des villages Tarnais, beaucoup de manifestations seront au programme cette année encore comme :
- La Nuit Pastel le 1er juin au Parc de Rochegude
- Le Son et Lumière reviendra cet été sur les façades du Musée Toulouse-Lautrec
- Le festival Pause-Guitare du 5 au 9 juillet
- L'arrivée et le départ d'une étape du Tour de France féminin les 27 et 28 juillet.
- Place(s) Aux Artistes, des concerts gratuits dans la ville du 18 juillet au 19 aout.
Museums and monuments
The jewel of our city, it watches over the historic center of the city.
Visible from all sides when you arrive in Albi, it imposes by its height and its beauty.
5 Boulevard General Sibille,
The Toulouse-Lautrec museum is presented in one of the most beautiful settings in Albi. The Berbie Palace is one of the two major monuments of the Episcopal City classified as World Heritage. The museum is a place of international reference for the work of the artist from Albi.
Saint Cecilia Square
05 63 49 48 70
Push the door of the museum dedicated to the fabulous voyage around the world of the Albigensian navigator, Lapérouse. When visiting Albi, take the Pont-Vieux which spans the Tarn to reach the Botany Bay square. It is from the terrace that you will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Episcopal City: the river, the barges on the Tarn, the rooftops of Vieil Alby...
41 Porta Street
Square Botany Bay
05 63 49 15 55
The MILK - contemporary art center
The Center d'Art le LAIT has been promoting contemporary art for more than 35 years. It is a place dedicated to the most current creation: exhibitions, artistic practice workshops, conferences, editions, symposiums, artist residencies. It is a lively and welcoming place, whose entry is free, open and accessible to all.
Milk Art Center
28 rue Rochegude
09 63 03 98 84
One of the strong identities of the Fashion Museum is to present a totally new exhibition every two years, always centered on a different theme. Each exhibited piece then returns to its reserve. This museum presents clothes and accessories all from Dominique Miraille's private collection, from the end of the 17th century to the 2000s.
17 rue de la Souque
05 63 43 15 90
The Maison du Vieil Alby is the soul of the Episcopal City, one of the major symbols of the historic center of Albi. The "Albi Patrimoine" association oversees its future by preserving the memory of this emblematic place.
Old Alby House
1 rue de la Croix Blanche
05 63 54 96 38
The museum for everyone Raphaël Cordoba...
The Albigensian painter Raphaël CORDOBA devoted 25 years of his life to paying homage to the greatest painters in history from the 14th century to the 20th century. 65 paintings are exhibited in the round tower of the Hôtel de Saunal, a Renaissance merchant hotel located a stone's throw from the Sainte-Cécile cathedral and the cloister of the Saint-Salvi collegiate church.
The Museum for All by Raphaël Cordoba
38 rue de l'Hotel de Ville
07 81 07 67 53
Construit par la famille de Roger Reynès, riche marchand pastellier, l’hôtel Reynes symbolise sa réussite.
Cette belle demeure est une magnifique association de la brique et de la pierre.
La très belle cour intérieure ouverte toute l’année est dominée par une superbe tour ronde.
On peut y voir également les bustes de François Ier et de son épouse Eléonore.
L’hôtel Reynes abrite depuis Aout 2017 un espace de valorisation des destinations tarnaises du Département : dédié à la valorisation de l’offre touristique, culturelle et naturelle des destinations tarnaises via des écrans d'image, table tactile numérique.
On peut également y découvrir, toute l’année des animations, expositions et autres événements ponctuels.
Une boutique permet d’acheter les topoguides et autres fiches randonnées proposées par le Comité départemental de la randonnée pédestre.
14 rue Timbal
The Saut du Tarn museum is located in the former metallurgical factory of Saint-Juéry, a few kilometers upstream from Albi in a natural site. You will dive into industrial tourism, into the history of these men.
Saut du Tarn Museum
2 Steelworks impasse
81160 Saint Juery
05 63 45 91 01
Guide Découverte, Albi /Vallée du Tarn
Ce Guide découverte est le fruit de la collaboration entre le Comité Départemental du Tourisme et les Offices de Tourisme du Tarn.
60 pages de bons plans, patrimoine, balades, randonnées, une sélection de bonnes adresses…le parfait guide pour un séjour réussi !
Scannez les QR code pour les versions :
THE CATHAR TACOT
06 70 53 49 59
If you want to visit Albi and its surroundings in an original and friendly way, the Tacot Cathare is for you! Set off in a 2CV with a tour guide to discover our territory and its history for an unforgettable experience! Le Tacot Cathare was created in 2020 by Marc Fanals, a tour guide who loves his region and vintage. The idea being to mix these two passions by offering visitors an unforgettable moment to discover Albi and its surroundings aboard a unique vehicle: the 2CV.
Visits can be made from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., for nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
It is in the heart of this city that you will sail on the barge, from where you will have the most beautiful views of the city of Albi. The departure is under the cathedral, next to the remains of the old port where barges transporting goods used to be moored.
All cruises are commented.
Several choices are then available to you. One of the formulas is necessarily suitable for you.
Open from May to October. Departure minimum 10 people. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Departure point: Berges du Tarn, under the cathedral. Free up to 3 years old.
Port of Aiguelèze 81600 Rivers
05 63 43 59 63
LITTLE TOURIST TRAIN
Runs from March to December and during school holidays. High season: open every day and on public holidays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mid-Feb, March, Oct: Tuesday to Sunday 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. April every day 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. May, June, Sept. daily 10.30am, 11.30am, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm (6pm in June). Nov. and Dec. Wednesday to Sunday 11am, 2pm, 3pm.
Departure subject to the number of passengers. animals accepted 3 €. Group reservations at the Albi tourist office:
05 63 49 48 76.
Place de la Pile
In the region
Bastides and villages
In addition to the visit of Albi, you will also be able to radiate around our beautiful city and discover the pretty picturesque villages and the Tarn bastides:
13th century fortified villages.
Borrow from the Departmental Committee of the Tarn the map below offers two circuits to discover the region:
- The Albigensian Bastides circuit
- The Gallaicois vineyard circuit
STRINGS ON SKY:
It will take you half an hour from the ground floor to reach this unmissable medieval city: Cordes-sur-Ciel .
Climb on foot to attack Cordes or through its cobbled streets. You will be in the medieval atmosphere of this perched city.
Cordes sur Ciel was voted France's favorite village in 2014.
CASTELNAU DE MONTMIRAL
Ranked among the "most beautiful villages in France", this Tarn bastide has a magnificent square with arcades.
You will undoubtedly appreciate the typical facades of this former lookout post which made the fortress of Castenau de Montmiral impregnable.
Around Castelnau de Montmiral, many hiking trails will allow you to enter the forest of Grésigne which is the largest oak grove in the south of France.
A few kilometers from Castelnau de Montmiral, Puycelsi is also one of the "most beautiful villages in France" built on a huge rock overlooking the Vère which flows below.
The two towers, in the ramparts of the city, opened their fortified gates on the village which housed the castle of the Governors, the chapel of St Roch, the residences of the 16th century, the Romanesque church...
The panorama from Puycelsi is magnificent. To discover !
14 kilometers from Puycelsi, we are already in the Tarn et Garonne and Bruniquel, one of the "most beautiful villages in France" welcomes you. Bruniquel is on the border of Quercy and Rouergue, at the end of the Gorges de l'Aveyron. This city watches from the top of its castles, the valleys of the Aveyron and the Vère.
Return to the Tarn, you are now in Penne. Enter the village and climb towards the castle which overlooks the gorges of the Aveyron.
The Château de Penne is being restored using medieval techniques, the workers even going so far as to dress according to “the fashion” of the time.
On the way back to Albi, we still suggest a stopover in one of the “most beautiful villages in France”, Monestiés.
The statuary ensemble of the Saint-Jacques chapel representing the passion of Christ is classified as a Historic Monument. The 20 statues will impress you with their life-size size and their innovative realism for the time (1490).
Full south, direction Lautrec.
How can you resist the charm of this “most beautiful village in France” (one more!); its half-timbered houses, its ramparts, its central square and its 15th century Halles…
Be sure to climb the windmill (still in working order) and admire the pastel fields, the Agoût valley and further south the Montagne Noire.
Lautrec specialty: pink garlic!
We are here in the capital of the Pays de Cocagne!
Don't miss the Gothic Saint-Alain Cathedral and its famous Jacquemart, an automaton that tells the hours by striking the cathedral's big bell.
Cross the medieval quarter, the garden of the bishopric...
Many other towns and villages are to be discovered in the region, Gaillac, St Sulpice, Rabastens, Sorèze, Dourgnes, Hautpoul, Castres...
Head East now!
The Tarn Valley ,
From St Juéry begins the upper valley of the Tarn.
Here, there will be something for everyone: water sports, hiking on the GR36 or other "PR", bike rides or simply for the pleasure of the eyes.
The Tarn draws here a magnificent meander which will serve as a setting for the village of Ambialet
A magnificent view of the isthmus and the valley awaits you as you climb the way of the cross to the priory.
The most pronounced isthmus in Europe is the particularity of this site!
Continue to criss-cross up the river, it will take you 90kms further east to Millau and from there to the dizzying Gorges de Tarn.
The Arifat Waterfalls
About thirty kilometers south-east of Albi, play adventurers in a site classified as a "Sensitive natural area".
The waterfalls trail is a little over 2kms long and will take you over a suspended footbridge. Even if the walk is short, it has a steep drop so hiking equipment is recommended.
These waterfalls are discreet and after crossing the footbridge they will impress you.
Distance: 2.1 km
Time: 2 hours
Max altitude: 429m
Min altitude: 316m
There are several roads to reach the start, by Réalmont we reach Arifat by the D86 then the D11 which we take on the left after Lafenasse.
Park in the small car park at Arifat Castle.
The PR® Marking is Yellow
The Viaur Viaduct
North of Albi straddling Tarn and Aveyron, the Viaur viaduct linked the Castelnaudary railway line to Rodez from 1902.
Its construction was directed by the Société de construction des Batignolles with Jean Compagnon who was also site manager of the Garabit viaduct and the Eiffel Tower where he previously worked.
The Viaur Viaduct has been listed as a historical monument since December 1984.
116 meters below flows the Viaur near which it is good to cool off.
We are in the Haut-Languedoc regional natural park, on the largest granite plateau in Europe.
It is the land of round rocks and other legendary rocks.
See, among other things, the Peyro Clabado, an 800-ton rock balanced on a smaller one whose surface is only one square meter!
Fill up on nature, on foot, by mountain bike, the Sidobre is magical!
The Black Mountain
We are now in the south of the department and close to Hérault, Aude and Haute-Garonne.
The landscapes are extremely varied in the Montagne Noire: deciduous forests on the northern slopes and Mediterranean landscapes as soon as we are on the southern slopes.
A few curiosities are to be seen: the Mazamet footbridge, the villages of Hautpoul, Dourgnes and Sorèze, the Pic de Nore which is the highest point of the Montagne Noire (1211m altitude) and its unique panorama over the Aude and the Pyrenees.
The land of white waters, it is on this mountain that Pierre-Paul Riquet found the water necessary to build the Canal du Midi.
To see: the channel of the mountain, the Vauban vault in Cammazes.
The Montagne Noire is a paradise for hikers!
Some evenings, it is safer to book your restaurant.
By scanning or clicking on the following QR code, a (non-exhaustive) list of some establishments that we have tested.
Many other magnificent places are to be discovered in our region so for an evening or a week, our guest house Le Rez de Jardin in Albi will be the center of these beautiful discoveries!
Anne & Frank