During the summer months there are many events going on, something for everyone. These events are great fun and excellent value.
Each village and town has it's Fete and much more. For example in the village square in Castelnau de Montmiral there is an annual musical
extravaganza: the FETES MUSICALES, 3 nights of music in July: Flamenco, Salsa, Irish, Pop or Jazz , followed by a classical concert in August
the medieval square - unbelievably atmospheric.
Other musical evenings on the Esplanade in Castelnau in August with an enormous outdoor BBQ & seated meal for 100`s !! followed by dancing.
Other villages have firework displays on the 14th July (Bastille day) or “Apero Concerts” (aperitif time - drinks & live music)
Notably Cordes sur Ciel has an annual FETES DES FAUCONNIERS - a Falconry Fete, medieval costumes, stalls, performances.
The village of Vaour has a week long festival of performing arts: theatre, music and street artists. Gaillac has an annual wine festival show casing
the wine of local vigneron.
These are just a few of the events which go on locally every year.
A wealth of information about what is going on locally can be obtained from Tourist Offices. Gaillac is a good place to start along with current tourist
information provided in our properties.
A visit to the Jardins des Martels is a good trip out, the water gardens are spectacular with thousands of Lotus flower blooms. For the children there
is a mini farm and a mini train.
The Jardin des Paradis is a little oasis in the bastide town of Cordes.
A near- by must see is the Chateau de Mauriac, a beautiful building in a lovely location. The owner is a prolific painter and has also saved the chateau
from becoming a ruin. In his phrase it is "re creation not restoration" but it’s spectacular fun.
The Chateau de Montricoux houses some 140 works by the artist Marcel-Lenoir
(1872-1931) Its a fun mix of historic buildings, art and the decor and tastes of the 1920s! If you go look at the stained glass windows in the village
church, see right.
For art lovers The Ingres Museum in Montauban is worth considering especially if you combine it with a visit to the old city centre.
If you like medieval castles the one at Najac is a must to visit. It is the focus of a beautiful old village where time has stood still!
Gaillac Wine. Drive yourself around the suggested tour of the various wine areas. You can buy from any of the vineyards but if you are interested
in the wine making process the wine Co-operative of Labastide de Levis has a full presentation in English.
I have only mentioned a few to wet your whistle !
The Tourist offices have the information and the events are usually excellent value and good fun.