The area around Montage offers an enormous range of places to see and things to do. Below is just a short selection, with detailed information available in the Montage visit planning guide provided to our guests.
Places to see
Within close proximity:
Lauzerte – recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France, the central square and cobbled streets are truly lovely. Produce markets are held twice a week and in July and August the weekly evening food market is a fabulous way to eat out and enjoy the festivities. An official stopping point on the Route of Santiago de Compostella, the village, is ideal for those who love walking or for those who just love relaxing with a coffee or a good meal.
Cahors – centre of the Malbec grape growing district and famous for the full-bodied “black wines”. Visit the historic centre and famous fortified bridge and enjoy wine tastings at outlets and vineyards.
Moissac – the cloister and abbey complex of St Pierre in Moissac is a UNESCO World Heritage site and worth a visit regardless of your religious persuasion. The surrounding old-town of Moissac runs alongside both the canal and the river and hosts a thriving weekend market.
Montauban – the capital of the Tarn et Garonne area, Montauban is home to a beautiful historic centre, a grand rose garden, riverside parklands hosting regular markets and a wealth of shops and restaurants.
Montcuq – home to a popular Saturday morning market, this town’s stand-out feature is its historic monument – a 12th century tower over 24 metres high. It is also home to several great restaurants.
Local farms – nearby you can investigate lavender farms, duck and goose farms (specialising in the region’s famous foie gras), prune and apple farms, vineyards, a donkey sanctuary, wildlife park and more.
A little further afield:
Rocamadour – a town clinging to the sheer cliff face above the Lot River and home to the shrine of the Black Virgin along with a large cathedral complex. Nearby is the magical Gauffre de Padirac (Cavern of Padirac) and a fascinating 12th century fortified mill.
Saint Cirq Lapopie – another of the most beautiful villages in France, perched high on a hillside overlooking the Lot River valley and centre for artisans with galleries and boutiques around every corner.
Toulouse – a busy city (the fourth largest in France) which has its own metro and a thriving university culture. You’ll find weekly antique markets, every shop you could want, as well as the huge Airbus factory which you can undertake a tour of.
Albi – a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site with a unique red-brick fortress style cathedral housing a stunning rood screen and other art treasures. The riverside is picturesque with formal gardens at the Palais de la Berbie, and historic bridges. If you’re interested in art, Albi is the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec and there is a museum/gallery for him. Shopping is great with loads of boutiques lining the pedestrian streets, and a craft, art and book market every Saturday.
Walking – a variety of easy or more challenging walking trails can be undertaken right from the front door, or commenced from a short distance away. The village of Lauzerte is one of the official stopping points on the pilgrim route of Saint Jacques to Compostella in Spain and sections of the walk can be undertaken from your base at Montage.
Cycling – the area is well known for cycling and the magnificent weather makes for enjoyable rides. Cycle close to home for some hill-climbing work outs or drive a short distance to the Canal du Midi and enjoy long, flat cycle paths along the water’s edge.
Hot air ballooning – several companies offer hot air balloon flights over the valleys, subject to weather conditions.
Beach swimming and water park – less than 25 minutes away the Plan d’eau des Chênes offers a delightful sandy beach suitable for children of all ages, along with activities including water slides, canoes, peddle boats and more.
Golf – less than 30 minutes from Montage you can enjoy a great 9-hole golf course at Sauveterre.
Canoeing – the Tarn et Garonne region is the meeting point of three rivers and there are several sites where canoes or kayaks may be hired to enjoy the river environment.
Markets – a comprehensive list is almost impossible, but you’ll find there is a market (be it produce, food, antiques,bric-a-brac, car boot or special festival markets) every day somewhere close by from May through to September. At other times of the year there are still plenty of regular village markets for produce, antiques and bric-a-brac.
The area abounds with excellent restaurants (including Michelin star establishments), cafes, bistros and bars where you can dine out at all prices ranges. Our rental guide provides an extensive list along with some personal recommendations.
If you prefer to cook in Montage’s own kitchen there are great bakeries, butchers and market gardens where you can buy super fresh local produce, gourmet items and of course, wonderful wines at great prices!
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