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Within an hour or two's drive you can discover sun drenched beaches, great shopping, wine tasting, local markets, medivieal villages, wonderful scenery - mountains, gorges, vineyards, lakes, waterfalls and much more. You can even take a day out to Spain or Tax Free shopping in Andorra

LAKE ST. FERREOL - (10 minutes) Constructed in the seventeenth centuary and covering 154 acres, this is the oldest artificial lake in Europe and was built to feed the Canal du Midi. The site includes an 80 hectare park, cascades, a geyser and shady paths ideal for walks, bike rides or picnics with many more tourist activities.…. Swimming - Sailing - Pedaloes - Tennis - Fishing - Horse Riding - Gliding - Archery - Mini Golf - Adventure Playground - Shops and Restaurants plus much more.

REVEL and its market - (5 minutes) Listed as one of the best markets in France , recently featured in the TV programme "French Leave", this source of gourmet foods and wines is on your doorstep! Held every Saturday in the heart of the town, the market square is bordered by medieval houses with galleries underneath. In the centre of the square is a large tiled roof supported by a forest of ancient oak pillars and beams which is topped by a belfry , once a watchtower. The town is famous as the capitol of artistic furniture making. There is a cinema, open air swimming pool and plenty of shows and events throughout the year.

SOREZE - (5 minutes) This ancient village is classified as an historical site for its medieval streets lined with 17th and 18th century half-timbered and corbelled houses. It owes its fame to the Abbey School. The history of the Abbey is fascinating: founded in the eighth century it became a Seminary then a Royal Military Academy under the reign of Louis XVI, then the Lacordaire School. Through the quality of its instruction to pupils from all over the world it gave Soreze an international reputation.

CARCASSONNE With over 3 million visitors each year, the medieval fortified city is one of France's most popular tourist sites. On 14th July it hosts a spectacular firework display. On the other side of the river lies the bastide town with narrow streets of houses, shops and restaurants contructed on a grid pattern from the 13th century. This is the land of The Cathars and the historic stories of the crusades against them. The surrounding dramatic landscape is dotted with numerous Cathar castles.

ALBI Standing proudly on the banks of the river Tarn this is a city where Art and History stand side by side. The 13th century archbishop's palace, next to the magnificent cathedral, now houses the works of Toulouse-Lautrec, who was born here in 1864. There are more than1000 examples of his work including all 31 of his famous posters.

TOULOUSE Known as the Pink Town because of it's red brick architecture, as well as Space City. Appreciate the charactor and charm of its many historic buildings in the old town and the grand Capitole in the main square. Shops, restaurants and parks abound.On the outskirts the famous Space Centre is a fascinating place to visit for all the family

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