Visit Castelnau-de-Montmiral (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
The village of Castelnau-de-Montmiral is situated along the crest of a hill above the valley of the Vère river in the countryside of the Tarn department (Midi-Pyrenees region), to the west of Albi and north-west of Gaillac.
The village was founded as one of many bastide towns in the region, in 1222 by Raymond VII of Toulouse and is now classified among the most beautiful villages in France.
The centre of Castelnau-de-Montmiral, and the highlight of your visit, is the central square in the town - the Place des Arcades - which is largely surrounded by medieval houses with the original arcades at ground floor, and one of the most impressive of these medieval centres that we have seen. The Castelnau-de-Montmiral tourist office is also on this square.
Another historical monument is the Church of Notre Dame of the Assumption, with a 15th century altarpiece, a jewel encrusted cross that once belonged to the Counts of Armagnac, and a statue of the 'pieta'.
Just beyond the church at the edge of the village (the other side of the Place de la Rose) there is a statue of the Virgin Mary and a lovely view across the forests of the region.
Two of the original 13th century gateways through the town ramparts can also still be seen, the most impressive being the Porte des Garrics, and several half-timbered medieval houses also help preserve the medieval feel to the village.
The proximity of the town of Gaillac and the surrounding vineyards of Gaillac make the region around Castelanu-de-Montmiral an excellent destination for wine sampling!
Two other 'most beautiful villages of France are also close by at Puycelsi and Bruniquel.
Note: the photo of Castelnau-de-Montmiral by Florent is subject to copyright
Photos taken within 10 km
Address: Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Albi, Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees, 81140 || GPS: latitude 43.966389, longitude 1.821667
Map of Castelnau-de-Montmiral & places nearby
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See Midi-Pyrenees and Tarn (the region and department for Castelnau-de-Montmiral) for more travel ideas...
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Castelnau-de-Montmiral, France
- Gaillac - recommended detour (10km)
- Jardin de Paradis - remarkable garden (15km)
- Bruniquel - most beautiful village (16km)
- Rabastens église Notre-Dame-du-Bourg (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (18km)
- Jardin des Martels - remarkable garden (23km)
- Jardins de Quercy - remarkable garden (25km)
- Parc Rochegude - remarkable garden (26km)
- Episcopal City, Albi - heritage site (26km)
- Jardin du palais de la Berbie - remarkable garden (26km)
- Albi - secteur sauvegarde (27km)
The French version of this page is at Castelnau-de-Montmiral (Francais)