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In the press - October 2022

Special Edition Pyrenees Magazine

Let's go for the weekend - Occitanie

Pyrénées Magazine published a special issue in October 2022 devoted to 13ideal destinations to go en weekend inOccitanie, from St Girons to Uzès via Toulouse, Montauban, Figeac, Rodez, Mende, Sète, among others and of course Albi.

In this issue, in addition to seeing Franck dancing with Miss Grumpy, you will discover some ideas for discovering our city. Good places to eat and of course where to sleep: Au Rez de Jardin Albi!


Click on the photo of the magazine to discover the full article.

Go to your newsagent for the special issue

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Albi Musées et monuments


The 2023 season will once again be rich in events and events.

A multitude of good reasons to stay in the Tarn!

In addition to the richness of the episcopal city of Albi, the museums and monuments detailed below, the many activities to do in Albi and the beauty of the Tarn landscapes and villages, many events will be on the program again this year, such as :

- The Pastel Night on June 1st at the Parc de Rochegude

- Sound and Light will return this summer to the facades of the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum  

- The Pause-Guitar festival from July 5 to 9

- The arrival and departure of a stage of the women's Tour de France on July 27 and 28.

- Place(s) Aux Artistes, free concerts in the city from July 18 to August 19.

- ...


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Museums and monuments

Sainte-Cécile Cathedral .

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.

Sainte-Cécile Cathedral.

5 Boulevard General Sibille, 

81000 Albi


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The Toulouse-Lautrec Museum

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.


Toulouse-Lautrec Museum

Berbie Palace

Saint Cecilia Square

81000 Albi

05 63 49 48 70


The Lapérouse Museum

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...

Laperouse Museum

41 Porta Street

Square Botany Bay

81000 Albi

05 63 49 15 55


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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

81000 Albi

09 63 03 98 84


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The house of Old Alby

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

81000 Albi

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

81000 Albi

07 81 07 67 53

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The Reynes Hotel

Built by the family of Roger Reynès, a wealthy pastel merchant, the Reynes hotel symbolizes his success.

This beautiful residence is a magnificent combination of brick and stone.

The beautiful inner courtyard, open all year round, is dominated by a superb round tower.

You can also see the busts of François I and his wife Eléonore.


Since August 2017, the Reynes hotel has housed a space for promoting the Tarn destinations of the Department: dedicated to promoting the tourist, cultural and natural offer of the Tarn destinations via image screens, digital touch table.

You can also discover there, all year round, animations, exhibitions and other occasional events.


A shop allows you to buy topoguides and other hiking sheets offered by the Departmental Hiking Committee.


14 rue Timbal

81000 ALBI


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L'Eglise de la Madeleine

L’église de la Madeleine est beaucoup plus récente que son illustre aimée Sainte Cécile.

Elle date seulement de XIXe siècle.

Sur la rive droite du Tarn, comme la maison, elle est assez proche du Rez de Jardin (5 minutes à pieds).

L’Eglise de la Madeleine est ouverte les après-midi d’été.

Eglise de la Madeleine

46 Rue de la Madeleine

81000 Albi

05 63 50 52 63

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The Saut du Tarn Museum

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

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Discovery Guide, Albi /Tarn Valley

VShe Discovery Guide is the result of collaboration between the Departmental Tourism Committee and the Tarn Tourist Offices.


60 pages of tips, heritage, walks, hikes, a selection of good addresses...the perfect guide for a successful stay!

Scan the QR code for the versions:


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Marc Fanals

81000 Albi

06 70 53 49 59


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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.

Albi cruises: 

Port of Aiguelèze 81600 Rivers

05 63 43 59 63



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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 

81000 Albi 

Le Vignoble de Gaillac

The Gaillacois Vineyard

Wine has been produced in the Gaillac region for a very long time, we are here in one of the oldest vineyards in France, and certainly the oldest in the South-West.

The Southwest offers a great diversity of terroirs, the same goes for its grape varieties.

In fact, the grape varieties offered here in Gaillac, some of which are undoubtedly endemic to our region, are:

For the Reds :

  • Braucol (Ou fer Servadou)

  • Prunelart

  • Duras

  • Syrah

  • Gamay

  • Merlot

  • Cabernet Franc

  • Cabernet Sauvignon 


For whites :

  • Loin de L’Oeil (ou Les de l’El)

  • Mauzac

  • Ondenc

  • Muscadelle

  • Sauvignon

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This diversity of terroirs and grape varieties gives us a choice of wines that will delight the greatest number of people for various occasions and dishes.


You will find much more information on the Gaillac wine website for example (


For our part at the Rez de Jardin, we have selected four addresses of organic producers and producers in conversion to organic, which we particularly appreciate (there are many others to discover):

  • Château les Vignals SCEA - Les Vignals, 81150 Cestayrols - 05 63 55 41 53

  • Domaine de Brin 81150 CASTANET - 056356906

  • Domaine de Labarthe - Lieu-dit Labarthe 81150 CASTANET -05 63 56 80 14

  • Famille Balaran Domaine d’Escausses & Chateau de l’enclos des Roses  32 Route de La Salamandrié 81150 Sainte Croix  0563568252

  • Maison Labastide - Lieu dit, La Barthe, 81150 Labastide-de-Lévis - 05 63 53 73 63

On simple request, with your room, we will give you your:



of the Labastide house giving you the right to 2 free visits and a 15% discount on all wines (excluding promotions) from this house founded in 1949.

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If you do not want to leave Albi, La Cave de Léa will be able to offer you a wide choice of organic wines from Gaillac (but not only, Léa has organic wines and beers from all regions.

La Cave de Léa - 2 rue François Arago 81000 Albi - 06 68 46 78 91

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Les Bastides

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  

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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. 



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.

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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.

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Si vous êtes à Bruniquel, ne manquez pas de rendre visite à Jacky Poussou en visitant sa maison.

La « Maison Poussou » qui abrite, entre autre, une exposition permanente de Jean-Gabriel Goulinat qui a été peintre restaurateur en chef au musée du Louvres de 1935 à 1971.

Il est notamment connu pour avoir restauré la Joconde en 1956 qui avait été abimée par un jet de pierre durant l’exode des musées nationaux pendant la seconde guerre mondiale.

Ont également profité de ses soins, des chefs-d’oeuvre de VAN GOGH, RENOIR, WATTEAU, DELACROIX, RAPHAEL, CEZANNE, INGRES REMBRANDT, entre autres.


Cette maison POUSSOU, ne serait pas ce qu’elle est sans la passion, le travail, l’enthousiasme et la persévérance de Jacky qui depuis 1978 a bâti cette demeure pierre par pierre.

A ne pas manquer :

Maison Poussou

10 Rue de la Boyssière

82800 BRUNIQUEL  - Site Web :



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).

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En revenant à Albi nous vous proposons encore une halte dans un des « plus beaux villages de France », Monestiés.

L’ensemble statuaire de la chapelle Saint-Jacques représentant la passion du Christ est classé Monument Historique. Les 20 statues vous impressionneront par leur taille grandeur nature et leur réalisme novateur pour l’époque (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...

Aux alentours


The Tarn

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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.

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Le Chemin des droits de l’homme

Ce chemin, au sud d'Albi, permet de relier Albi à Castres sur un parcours de 44kms ou il est facile de circuler à pied ou à vélo.

Le chemin est une piste sablé de 3m de large qui empreinte une ancienne voie ferrée qui serpente dans la campagne tarnaise et qui ne présente aucune difficulté. 

Les 16 parkings répartis tout au long de parcours vous permettrons de vous y promener sur de plus petit. tronçons et de profiter de ce joli chemin souvent ombragé.  


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.

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Distance: 2.1 km

Time: 2 hours

Max altitude: 429m

Min altitude: 316m

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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.

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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.

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Le Chateau du Bosc

Si Henri Toulouse-Lautrec vous passionne, le Chateau Chateau du Bosc est à visiter.

Situé à Camjac en Aveyron entre Rodez et Albi, le peintre y a passé un grande partie de son enfance puis, plus tard, ses étés en famille.


Cette ancienne forteresse qui avait pour mission la protection de la vallée du Viaur voisine, elle date du XIIe siècle.

Elle fut détruite et reconstruite en partie au XVe siècle.


Comme son nom l’indique ce château et ses terres appartenaient aux Imbert du Bosc.

Plus tard au gré des alliances, le château passera aux Toulouse-Lautrec.

Gabrielle Toulouse-Lautrec, la grand-mère du peintre, en fera une maison de famille.

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, n’ayant aucune descendance directe, la maison héritera à ses cousins Les Tapié de Céleyran.


Si l’histoire de ces illustres familles et du célèbre peintre vous intéresse, ce Château plein de charme vous ravira.


CHATEAU du BOSC - 12800 Camjac 

Tel : +33 5 65 69 20 83

Site Web

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The Sidober

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!  

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The Black Mountain

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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! 

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The restaurants

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.

Les Restaurants

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

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