Your Vacation

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Markets And Vineyards

Most towns and villages have interesting and colourful weekly markets.

  • Cordes has a market on Saturday morning with a wide assortment of regionally produced foods (cheese, honey, fruit and vegetables, foie gras, meat, bread, mushrooms, herbs, truffles) and drinks (wine, eau-de-vie), clothing and craft.
  • St. Antonin Noble Val has a market on Sunday morning, held in a covered market-hall, dating back to the 18th century.
  • The market at Laguepie is on Wednesday and Sunday morning.
  • At regular times antique – brocante markets are organized in the region. Please check with the Tourist Information Bureau.

Cordes is situated in the Gaillac wine producing area. Wine lovers can spend their days exploring the Gaillac vineyards and enjoy the tours and tastings offered by the local chateaux and caves.

Climbing (tree and rock)

On a plateau near St. Antonin Noble Val, professionals will teach you to climb and glide  on cables between treetops. Its real fun for children (>8 years) and adults. Rock climbing is also available under professional guidance.

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Excursion to Albi
Excursion to Albi

There is a wide variety of beautiful and historic towns and villages to visit nearby. The largest city in the vicinity is AlbiAlbi, known as the red town due to its brick buildings,  is the capital of the Department du Tarn, with 60,000 inhabitants. Dominating the town is the Albi Cathedral, a somewhat austere building from a distance, showing the eastern influences brought back from the Crusades. However as you get closer the striking gothic additions become apparent and the highly decorated interior provides further contradiction to the rather plain facade. The cathedral is sais to be the largest brick building in Europe, which took two centuries to build between 1282 to 1480, in the wake of the Albigensian heresy in the area. Adjacent is the Episcopal Palace known as the Palais de la Berbie. This fully restored palace-fortress is one the most impressive in French Midi. Visitors may enjoy the magnificent gardens of the Berbie, along with wonderful views of the Tarn and the Pont-Vieux, a 151 meters bridge build in 1035. The museum of Toulouse-Lautrec is housed in the palace. The city centre has an attractive shopping area and good restaurants.  On the outskirts one can find the hypermarkets such as Le Clerq, Casino, Intersport etc.

Other Excursions

Other beautiful and historic towns and villages in de region are: Monesties, Najac, St. Antonin Noble Val, Laguepie, Bruniquel, Penne, Cahuzac, Salles and Puycelci. All of these villages have been very tastefully restored in the past decade

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Canoeing
Canoeing & rafting

Experience France’s natural wonders by canoeing through the gorges du Averyron. Starting point at St. Antonin Noble Val, 25 min from Pun del Cel. You will find various rental compagnies to choose from. A 3-4 hour trip will take you along the magnificent cliffs of the Roc d’ Anglars, crossing rapids and dams.  It is not difficult and children can join in. Bring food and drinks for a picnic on the riverbanks, and jump into the water. For the adventurous, try the wild water rafting in the Gorges du Tarn, North-East of Millau. The gorges and surroundings plateaus provide a breath-taking scenery. With  many outdoor sport centres and professional instructors, beginners and experienced paddles are equally catered for. At Millau, admire the recently completed highest bridge in the world, with central columns higher than the Eiffel tower. Leave early and plan for a day trip. The drive to the gorges du Tarn is 2-3 hours.

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Swimming & Sailing

Near Monestiés (10 min drive from Pun del Cel) there is lake with a sandy beach (la Roucarie), suitable for swimming and sailing. Of course, there are many places along the rivers Aveyron and Viaur to take a refreshing plunge. Alternatively, there is a municipal swimming pool in Cahuzac sur Vère and a waterpark at Les Cabannes both, 10-15 mins drive from Pun del Cel.

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Swimming Pun del Cel
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Hiking & Flora, Bird and Wildlife watching

At the house you will find hiking maps and a booklet with descriptions of walking trails of the Randonnees de Pays. 

Cycling & Mountain biking

The winding lanes through the countryside, and the mountain bike tracks in the forest, are great for cycling at all levels. Alternatively, you ccould try to cycle part of the 2003 Tour de France route, which went through the area. Bike rental is available at the family Guibert in La Faurelles, 10 mins from Pun del Cel.

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Horse-riding

Equestrians are spoilt for choice around Cordes and you don’t have to be an expert rider to enjoy the countryside on horseback. There are many bridle paths to lead you through the vareid terrain, and many of the public GR and GRP footpaths are open to horse-riders. The flatter routes are particularly suitable.

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Fishing

Fishing can be done in any of the nearby rivers and streams. Nearby are also a couple of commercial fish ponds.

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Golf Albi
Tennis & Golf

The house is member of a tennis club in Cordes and guests may use the court free of charge.  There is a delightful 18/hole golf course Albi, next to a water-park for children (20 min drive).

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Painting

The Tourist Information in Cordes will be able to provide you with addresses of painting (oil and aquarelle) courses in the region.

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Garden Art Inspiration