Le Gite de Chateau Donat

The Golden Triangle of Albi, Gaillac and Cordes

The owner MARIANNE will welcome you at Chateau Donat, in the heart of the Golden Triangle of Albi, Cordes and Gaillac. She will provide you with all the information necessary for you to take advantage of the variety of leisure activities offered in the area.

The medieval town of Gaillac is only 5 km down the road. Its huge market is famous in the region. With its 12th century abbey, its narrow winding streets, and nice restaurants and boutiques, you will enjoy strolling on the main square where everything happens. Gaillac is also the center of the wine region of AOC Gaillac and you can visit almost a hundred wine-testing cellars in the vicinity. It has a good variety of small and large food stores as well as a good size mall with a huge supermarket.

Albi is 30 minutes away. It has just been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage center with its impressive and massive cathedral, its lively town center and its Toulouse Lautrec Museum. See www.albi-tourisme.fr

Cordes-sur-Ciel, also 30 minutes away, was voted the most beautiful villages in France in 2014. This little hilltop town has the best preserved medieval private mansions in France and some excellent specialty shops. It hosts a festival of classical string music in July with hundreds in attendance. See www.cordessurciel.fr

You will also not want to miss an array of enchanting hilltop bastide villages within an hour drive, many of which hold markets with the best regional produce. And of course, you are less than an hour away from the Red City of Toulouse.

But there are also many leisurely day trips possible such as Millau and Roquefort, Carcassonne, the prehistoric painted caves of Niaux near the Pyrenees or Peche Merle toward Dordogne, Marciac and its jazz festival, or Lourdes.

For the more adventurous, you can kayak down the Aveyron river or fly over it while paragliding, go hot air ballooning over Chateau Donat, walk or cycle miles in the Foret de Gresigne, one of the largest forests in France, just 15 km from Chateau Donat. A couple of beautiful golf courses are within 30 minute drive. Several horseriding stables and a lake with water sports are nearby.

Just have a look at this stunning video and you will get an idea of the beauty of this region: www.grands-sites-midi-pyrenees.fr and go to "the film".

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