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Guidebook for Mazamet

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Guidebook for Mazamet

Sightseeing
A beautiful little medieval village complete with a castle, perched high on the mountain above the gite overlooking terraced gardens. You can easily walk here if you don't mind a climb!
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Hautpoul
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A beautiful little medieval village complete with a castle, perched high on the mountain above the gite overlooking terraced gardens. You can easily walk here if you don't mind a climb!
This medieval village is tucked into the mountain side and has commanding views looking north of the Thore valley. You can walk to here along the road or through the woods behind the gite.
Aussillon Village
This medieval village is tucked into the mountain side and has commanding views looking north of the Thore valley. You can walk to here along the road or through the woods behind the gite.
Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area! A steep narrow road up here, but wow! - the views are incredible!
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Pic de Nore
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Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area! A steep narrow road up here, but wow! - the views are incredible!
A great example of a circular bastide town, still within its original walls. Good market on Fridays and en route to Toulouse, Soreze, and Revel.
Labruguière
A great example of a circular bastide town, still within its original walls. Good market on Fridays and en route to Toulouse, Soreze, and Revel.
Albi has good shopping, a truly remarkable recently restored cathedral, great restaurants and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum where you can see a large number of this famous artist's work.
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Albi
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Albi has good shopping, a truly remarkable recently restored cathedral, great restaurants and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum where you can see a large number of this famous artist's work.
If you are a history buff or just interested in castles - this is for you! If you're visiting around the 14th July, come and see the fireworks - they are spectacular!
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Cité de Carcassonne
1 Rue Viollet le Duc
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If you are a history buff or just interested in castles - this is for you! If you're visiting around the 14th July, come and see the fireworks - they are spectacular!
This is another beautiful medieval village with great views over the Thore valley and south to the Montagne Noire. There are great little shops and restaurants, as well as a renovated windmill and galleries. Great for an afternoon out with drinks/food/music at the Cafe Plum
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Lautrec
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This is another beautiful medieval village with great views over the Thore valley and south to the Montagne Noire. There are great little shops and restaurants, as well as a renovated windmill and galleries. Great for an afternoon out with drinks/food/music at the Cafe Plum
Beautiful drive to Orlargues; medieval town on a hill (heard of that before perhaps!) good examples of medieval architecture and the mountains to the north are FABULOUS for walking. Can't recommend highly enough! Our favourite place.
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Olargues
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Beautiful drive to Orlargues; medieval town on a hill (heard of that before perhaps!) good examples of medieval architecture and the mountains to the north are FABULOUS for walking. Can't recommend highly enough! Our favourite place.
Entertainment & Activities
This is our nearest supervised swimming lake, just a 10 minute drive up the mountain from the gite. There are cafes and restaurants, showers etc and a good play area for children.
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Base de Loisirs du Lac des Montagnès
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This is our nearest supervised swimming lake, just a 10 minute drive up the mountain from the gite. There are cafes and restaurants, showers etc and a good play area for children.
This another swimming pool complex a competition pool and children's area with slides and water currents. It also has a nice grass area next to the outdoor pool for sunbathing.
L'Archipel
This another swimming pool complex a competition pool and children's area with slides and water currents. It also has a nice grass area next to the outdoor pool for sunbathing.
This 9 hole competition course is situated in the lovely Gourjade park on an island peninsular next to the river Agout.
Golf de Castres-Gourjade
This 9 hole competition course is situated in the lovely Gourjade park on an island peninsular next to the river Agout.
An 18 hole competition course - really beautiful views of the Montagne Noire National Park - 10 minutes from the gite.
Golf Mazamet La Barouge
An 18 hole competition course - really beautiful views of the Montagne Noire National Park - 10 minutes from the gite.
Another good swimming lake - with a small restaurant. This village is just under the Pic de Nore - our highest point on the Montagne Noire range. Great views of the Pyrenees and the Med!
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Pradelles-Cabardès
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Another good swimming lake - with a small restaurant. This village is just under the Pic de Nore - our highest point on the Montagne Noire range. Great views of the Pyrenees and the Med!
Horse-riding and trails
Equestrian Club De Bonnery
Horse-riding and trails
Food Scene
In the centre of Mazamet, this is good for a Plat de Jour lunch - frequented by many locals.
Le Grand Balcon
In the centre of Mazamet, this is good for a Plat de Jour lunch - frequented by many locals.
Chinese buffet style eating - plentiful food and very friendly. Easy parking
Le Panda d'Or
Chinese buffet style eating - plentiful food and very friendly. Easy parking
Traditional Chinese meals.
Wa Fong
35 Avenue Jean Mermoz
Traditional Chinese meals.
A very traditional French restaurant just down the road from the gite.
Logis Hôtel le Boulevard
24 Boulevard Soult
A very traditional French restaurant just down the road from the gite.
This is an amazing place - fantastic food (rather a lot of it!!) wonderful service with roaming peacocks in the grounds. Beautiful for very special meals. Be sure to make a reservation!
Restaurant de Bonnery
This is an amazing place - fantastic food (rather a lot of it!!) wonderful service with roaming peacocks in the grounds. Beautiful for very special meals. Be sure to make a reservation!
Lakeside eating - lovely for that post- swim drink!
LE CHOUPA
Lakeside eating - lovely for that post- swim drink!
An excellent restaurant - do ask them to suggest a wine with your meals - they have a very good selection! Be sure to make a reservation.
Hôtel Restaurant Mets et Plaisirs - À Mazamet
7 Avenue Albert Rouvière
An excellent restaurant - do ask them to suggest a wine with your meals - they have a very good selection! Be sure to make a reservation.
A good brasserie with meat cooked on a vine-wood fire in the restaurant. Has a nice courtyard for hot evenings ....
L'Étable à Roussette
A good brasserie with meat cooked on a vine-wood fire in the restaurant. Has a nice courtyard for hot evenings ....
Great place for well priced traditional French cuisine. Varied set menus - excellent value and good wine. Tables outside as well overlooking the main village square and the traditional lime trees. Well worth a visit - good for lunchtime too!
Hostellerie d'Oc
Great place for well priced traditional French cuisine. Varied set menus - excellent value and good wine. Tables outside as well overlooking the main village square and the traditional lime trees. Well worth a visit - good for lunchtime too!
A great traditional Moroccan restaurant run by a husband and wife team - very friendly. Do ask for the dishes of the day - as these are then prepared for you in the traditional manner. Delicious couscous dishes or tanjines.
Restaurant La Gazelle - Vert Midi
13 Rue de la Richarde
A great traditional Moroccan restaurant run by a husband and wife team - very friendly. Do ask for the dishes of the day - as these are then prepared for you in the traditional manner. Delicious couscous dishes or tanjines.
Great food and good tea - they do events and live music too. Scrabble, English conversation, Poetry, Comedians etc - always something different happening. VERY comfy seating - sort of place you can take a book and stay all day!
Champs du Sud
3 Rue Beaujeu
Great food and good tea - they do events and live music too. Scrabble, English conversation, Poetry, Comedians etc - always something different happening. VERY comfy seating - sort of place you can take a book and stay all day!
Essentials
One of the three supermarkets in Mazamet. A convenient 24/7 fuel stop too.
Auchan MAZAMET AUSSILLON
One of the three supermarkets in Mazamet. A convenient 24/7 fuel stop too.
One of smaller supermarkets in Mazamet
Lidl
One of smaller supermarkets in Mazamet
One of the three supermarkets in Mazamet. A convenient 24/7 fuel stop too.
Intermarché Super
2 Allée des Auques
One of the three supermarkets in Mazamet. A convenient 24/7 fuel stop too.
Cheap petrol here - large grocery store and cafe
E.Leclerc Hyper Mazamet
Cheap petrol here - large grocery store and cafe
Very good BIO shop here in Mazamet
La Vie Claire
Very good BIO shop here in Mazamet
Good BIO shop
Biocoop La Chartreuse
2 Rue Henry le Châtelier
Good BIO shop
If you're coming in from Toulouse - it's worth stopping here for supplies.
Biocoop
2 Rue d'Ariane
If you're coming in from Toulouse - it's worth stopping here for supplies.
Best BIO shop in Castres
So.bio Castres
215 Avenue Albert 1er
Best BIO shop in Castres
If you're in Albi .......
Bio Azur Albi
281 Rue du Roc
If you're in Albi .......
Getting Around
Trains to/from Castres - Toulouse. We've had guests traveling from Britain to here by train ..... another option for you!
Gare De Mazamet
Trains to/from Castres - Toulouse. We've had guests traveling from Britain to here by train ..... another option for you!
You will need to hire a car if you come in to this airport. Other public transport is rather slim on the ground.
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Aéroport de Carcassonne
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You will need to hire a car if you come in to this airport. Other public transport is rather slim on the ground.
You will need to hire a car from here as buses will take a while to reach Mazamet.
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Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport
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You will need to hire a car from here as buses will take a while to reach Mazamet.
Good local small airport - flights to Spain, Paris, Lyon. Expanding, so do look up other destinations ..... Only 15 mins from the gite
AIRPORT CASTRES MAZAMET
Good local small airport - flights to Spain, Paris, Lyon. Expanding, so do look up other destinations ..... Only 15 mins from the gite
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Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac
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If all else fails ie Toulouse, Carcassonne, Beziers, Castres airports, you can try Rodez - 2hrs from us!
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Rodez-Marcillac Airport
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If all else fails ie Toulouse, Carcassonne, Beziers, Castres airports, you can try Rodez - 2hrs from us!
Castres Railway station
Train station of Castres
Castres Railway station
Drinks & Nightlife
Really worth looking at their schedule of artists. They invite some world-class musicians, artistes, performers and poets to their cafe/bar/restaurant/bookshop. Set in a lovely courtyard, this is a great place to hang out - night or day. Lautrec is a beautiful medieval village ....
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Café Plùm
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Really worth looking at their schedule of artists. They invite some world-class musicians, artistes, performers and poets to their cafe/bar/restaurant/bookshop. Set in a lovely courtyard, this is a great place to hang out - night or day. Lautrec is a beautiful medieval village ....
There are many bars and street cafes to visit at night - just take a look when you're there ....
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Castres
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There are many bars and street cafes to visit at night - just take a look when you're there ....
There are several bars and cafes in the town centre, some of which have live music.
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Mazamet
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There are several bars and cafes in the town centre, some of which have live music.
Parks & Nature
a good 7 km walk through pastures and woodland on ancient stone paved tracks and forestry trails. We can show you on a map or you can get a sheet from the Tourist Office in Mazamet
Roquerlan
a good 7 km walk through pastures and woodland on ancient stone paved tracks and forestry trails. We can show you on a map or you can get a sheet from the Tourist Office in Mazamet
There's a lovely walk up the top of Hautpoul and along the high ridge above the village and the Arnette valley to St. Pierre de Plo church (Labrespy) and back round past the medieval look out point for Hautpoul and the three ancient spring points made into wells. Great views again - very steep climb.
Labrespy
There's a lovely walk up the top of Hautpoul and along the high ridge above the village and the Arnette valley to St. Pierre de Plo church (Labrespy) and back round past the medieval look out point for Hautpoul and the three ancient spring points made into wells. Great views again - very steep climb.
One of the good caves around here with excellent stalagmites and stalactites - this one with an enormous gallery and a viewing bridge. Well worth a visit.
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Gouffre de Cabrespine
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One of the good caves around here with excellent stalagmites and stalactites - this one with an enormous gallery and a viewing bridge. Well worth a visit.
One of the good caves around here with excellent stalagmites and stalactites - this one with multiple galleries, water and a stunning crystal conglomerate at the end. Well worth a visit.
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Grotte de Limousis
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One of the good caves around here with excellent stalagmites and stalactites - this one with multiple galleries, water and a stunning crystal conglomerate at the end. Well worth a visit.
This area has many hiking trails up into Le Caroux. Our local bookshop has guides to this area, and if you are a serious hiker/rock climber, this is very special. Take a picnic and drive the mountain roads for an idea of this beautiful countryside
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Colombières-sur-Orb
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This area has many hiking trails up into Le Caroux. Our local bookshop has guides to this area, and if you are a serious hiker/rock climber, this is very special. Take a picnic and drive the mountain roads for an idea of this beautiful countryside