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SAINT-BERTRAND-DE-COMMINGES :
A walk and cultural experiences in one of the most beautiful villages in France

Duration
0.5
day
Budget
€5 adult - €3 child
Features
  • Delightful village
  • Listed as a "Plus beau village de France" (Most Beautiful Village of France)
  • History and heritage
The best period
  • Automne
  • Eté
  • Printemps

A little secret… Visit Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges in the late afternoon in September. You will enjoy the gentleness of an Indian summer as you explore the charm and the peace of the little Mediaeval streets, far from the tourist bustle. Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to hear the bellowing of a stag from the cloister that stands on top of the hills. Close your eyes and travel in time. Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance – all the different periods are revealed to you.

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Maison médiévale - St Bertrand
Maison médiévale - St Bertrand

Going round a bend, you come upon the Cathedral on top of its hill. It looks over the fields where the ruins of the ancient town are still visible. Today flocks of sheep graze there peacefully. Difficult to imagine that a capital of the Roman Empire stood here with its thousand of inhabitants.
A few steps through the lower town, ringed with old farms that have such distinctive architecture, lead us to the upper town, via a flight of stone steps.
In the distance, you can just see the belltower of the Saint Just Basilica, partially hidden by the cypress trees. From the Cabriole gate, the little Mediaeval streets lead us to the foot of the imposing Gothic Cathedral. A masterpiece not to be missed!

Cathédrale St Bertrand
Cathédrale St Bertrand
Cloître - St Bertrand
Cloître - St Bertrand

A guided visit is recommended to understand the place better.

Les Olivétains, on the forecourt of the Cathedral, is the best place to start exploring the village and its surroundings.
You will also find tourist publications, good information, a great library-shop, and a display area for temporary exhibitions. Don't hesitate to go in.

Les Olivétains +33 5 61 95 44 44

Basilique Saint Just Valcabrère
Basilique Saint Just Valcabrère

Away from the Mediaeval town, the Romanesque Basilica of Saint-Just de Valcabrère, isolated in the fields in the middle of the cypress trees, has an air of Tuscany about it. An interesting aspect of the Basilica is the inventive re-using of Roman remains in its walls.
The site is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site as part of the Pilgrimage Route to Santiago de Compostela.

 A la lueur du matin, marchons sur les pas de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Découvrons ce site majestueux dévoilant la vallée de la Garonne et les Pyrénées.

Latitude: 43.026786000000
Longitude: 0.571206000000
How to get there
  • By car : From Toulouse take the A64 towards Tarbes then take the Montréjeau exit and follow signs for Spain on the D825. go towards Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges on the right on the D26.
  • By air : arrive at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport, then travel by car as described above.
  • By bike : You can follow the La Garonne cycle trail from Carbone.