A walk and cultural experiences in one of the most beautiful villages in France
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!
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
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.
- 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.