Towns and Cities

Valence d’Agen, 3km away
Village nearest to the castle: beautiful traditional communal washhouses, dovecotes and typical weekly market. Early August, theatrical production “Au fil de l’eau… une histoire”; December Christmas show “Noël en cirque”
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Auvillar, 9km away
Gorgeous little French village overlooking the Garonne valley. Frequent theatrical performances during summer
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Donzac, 16km (10mn) away
Charming little village with a Conservatory of Rural Crafts. Over 20,000 exhibits on display: village of artisan craftsmen, Vine and Wine museum, cobbled street lined with authentic vintage shops, original school from the 1920s, classic cars exhibition…
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Moissac, 16km (20mn) away
A unique treasure of Romanesque art with its church, cloister and tympanum dating back to the XI century, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site… lose a whole delicious morning here! Not to mention the Cacor canal bridge, built of Toulouse brick and Quercy stone to take the canal over the Tarn river. This is one of the largest canal bridges in France…
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Agen, 31km (30mn) away
Old cobbled streets lined with archways and, beginning in the XIII century… the start of the story of the famous “Agen prunes”, originally from China
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Montauban, 44km (50mn) away
… The Ingres Museum, housed in what used to be the bishops house, Notre Dame cathedral, Chambord park and the largest rose garden in France with 900 varieties and 100,000 flowers…
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Toulouse, 86km (1h10) away
A major French city with outstanding architectural and cultural heritage: old stone “quartiers”, historical mansions, Augustine museum, Jacobin church and cloister, stroll or bike along the banks of the Garonne or the Canal du Midi, or visit them by boat, beautiful gardens and bandstand in the “Le Grand Rond”, restaurants, opera performances, dances and other festivals…
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Lectoure, 40km (50mn) away
Magnificent village on a rocky outcrop with picturesque streets, ramparts, St. Gervais Cathedral and the former castle of the Counts of Armagnac
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Figeac, 148km (1h50) away
The Commandery of Templar Knights, the old medieval city, the Champollion museum
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Saint Cirq Lapopie, 89km (1h45) away
A medieval village clinging to a cliff 100 metres above the Lot river with a castle, fortified houses and churches
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Rocamadour, 126km (2h10) away
A real eagle’s nest, perched securely on a rocky cliff face. A pilgrimage destination with the hermit Amadour attracting pilgrims since the XII century and now the Black Virgin of Our Lady of Rocamadour. Unique!
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Padirac Caves, 135km (2h20) away
103 metres deep chasm with a boat ride on an underground river
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Sarlat, 129km (2h30) away
Capital of the Black Périgord, City of Art and History which has preserved all its old buildings, thus constituting one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Europe.
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Périgueux, 165km (3h) away
Gallo-Roman museum, medieval old city, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Renaissance mansions… a real trip through the centuries
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Cordes sur ciel, 128km (2h) away
A medieval city nested above the clouds with sumptuous Gothic mansions and a host of various artists and artisan craftsmen
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Albi, 129km (2h) away
Episcopal city, original old city, Renaissance mansions, museums dedicated to the famous painter Toulouse Lautrec and the explorer Laperouse, fashion museum…
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Castres, 156km (2h15) away
Beautiful mansions, City Hall, Goya Museum, Bishop’s Garden
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Castles

Bruniquel Castle, 84km (1h15) away
The “Old Castle” with its XII century keep and the “Young Castle” built between 1485 and 1510. Superb view over the Aveyron river valley
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Gramont Castle, 30km (30mn) away
Monumental XIV-century Renaissance-style mansion perched on its rocky spur towering over the Arratz river
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Brassac Castle, 16km (20mn) away
Originally a simple fortified house protected by moats and a modest surrounding wall where the inhabitants of the area used to take refuge, it took on its current appearance as a true fortress throughout the XIII and XIV centuries.
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Saint-Projet Castle, 91km (1h15) away
This castle displays its rich history and the withdrawal of Queen Margot throughout its rooms fitted with original furnishings from the XVI and XVII centuries.
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Montricoux Castle, 80km (1h) away
A Tuscan-inspired mansion with a museum dedicated to Marcel Lenoir, the unjustly forgotten Midi-Pyrénées artist.
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Castelnaud Castle & Museum of War in the Middle Ages, 124km (2h20) away
The most visited castle in the South of France. Built on a rocky outcrop, it offers a splendid panorama of the Dordogne valley. The museum is dedicated to the art of War in the Middle Ages and exhibits full-sized war apparatuses.
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ABBEYS & CHURCHES

Moissac Abbey, 20mn away
In Moissac, the Saint Peter’s Abbey encapsulates the splendours of Romanesque art! Sculptures, statues, architecture, manuscripts and illuminations… Absolutely unique!
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Belleperche Cistercian Abbey, 30mn away
A Cistercian abbey on the banks of the Garonne river with its XVIII-century appearance along with numerous vestiges of the XIII century.
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Beaulieu-en-Rouergue Abbey, 1h45 away
Located in lush green surrounds, this Cistercian abbey is now a contemporary art centre and provides an exceptional place to visit.
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Lachapelle Church, 25mn away
Lachapelle Church, 25min away Originally the private chapel of the now destroyed Lachapelle Castle, this became the local parish church in the XV century. An amazing baroque interior!


SPORTS & LEISURE

Hiking trails (short-distance or long-distance) starting out from the Castle
The “Castle circuit” (8km) and the “Pepper Mill Circuit” (6.5km)
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Canal du Midi 
From the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, from Bordeaux to Sète, quite a walk, n’est-ce pas!… On foot or by bicycle?
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Tennis courts nearby
Get your rackets out!

Espalais golf course, 10min away
A 9 hole golf course complete with water obstacles
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Saint Nicolas de la Grave, 15mn away
A water sports centre with sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing… small boats, pedal boats and fishing boats for hire… There’s also a bird sanctuary with signed pathways
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Objectif chute libre, 2km away
Ultralight flights, paragliding and skydiving at the Pommevic airport
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Saint Antonin Noble Val, 100km (1h30) away
Climbing, caving and canoeing in the Aveyron river gorges
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Moissac, 20mn away
Canoeing and water skiing
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Walibi, 30mn away
A large amusement park for children and adults
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Agrip’ Aventure, 36km (45mn) away
High ropes course in the treetops for the whole family for 3 years and up
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Space City, 60mn away
Giant-screen cinema, planetarium, Ariane 5 rocket, Soyuz launcher and Mir space station, weightlessness simulator… so much to discover about Space!
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RESTAURANTS… Our best recommendations

Agen : Le Margoton, le Mariottat
Auvillar : L’Horloge
Bardigues : Auberge de Bardigues
Dunes : Les Templiers
Monjoi : La Cage aux oiseaux
Moissac : Le Pont Napoléon, Le Florentin
Saint Paul d’Espis : Manoir Saint Jean
Valence d’Agen : L’entracte
Toulouse : Les jardins de l’Opéra (one Michelin star) et la brasserie de l’Opéra,
Le 17, Le 19, Chez Sarran (one Michelin star),
Amphitryon (two Michelin stars), Brasserie Flo, Le Capoul
Puymerol : L’auberge de Puymerol