A three-bedroom gîte in SW France

 

ACTIVITIES

We have many visitors who come for ‘normal’ gîte holidays (the pool, the countryside, the food, the wine, the sights, and a taste of French rural life), others who come for walking holidays which include all of the above plus a degree of exercise and an even deeper look at the more hidden parts of the countryside, history and wildlife. For visitors who enjoy walking, we have put together a menu of varied walks. We provide all the necessary maps and walking guides.

Most visitors find time to visit Cordes-sur-ciel, Najac with its castle, Albi with its remarkable cathedral and Toulouse-Lautrec museum, and St Antonin and Villefranche with their bustling markets. We have information about all the local markets.

The house also provides a wonderful location for more energetic mixed activity holidays. Listed below are some of the nearby activities that visitors can book locally by the day when they arrive. Or we could help to make some bookings in advance.

Twenty minutes away is the uncrowded plan d’eau de la Roucarié, a leisure lake where you can swim, picnic, cycle or hire sailboats, canoes, pedaloes or windsurfers. You can also take lessons.

Canoes can also be hired for half-day or one-day trips down the gorge of the river Aveyron from St Antonin or Najac.

You can also go riding on horses or mountain bikes (VTTs) or trekking with a mule, donkey or even llama.

About 25 minutes away, near Carmaux, is the huge multi-leisure site Cap’Découverte with 35km of tracks for bikes or roller-skates. Here you will also find dévalkarts (sort of runaway gokarts that hurtle down the slopes of this ancient opencast mine) and luge d’été (summer toboggans) plus another leisure lake and the longest artificial ski slope in Europe. Also on the ‘Tyrolienne’ you can slide at 100km/h along a 1200 metre cable. On the lake itself there is water-skiing and wake-boarding. Check the latest news on www.capdecouverte.com.

For the even more adventurous there is the possibility of rock climbing (at the nearby Roc du Gorb, or St Antonin), caving, hang-gliding or hot-air ballooning.

There are two golf courses near Albi and a third near Rodez.

For those who like sight-seeing, you should not miss the Millau viaduct (the highest bridge in the world). While there, you could also visit the famous Roquefort caves to see the cheese maturing.