The circular bastide of Fourcès
The charming village of Fourcès is only 3km away. Half timbered houses surround the village square, which is acutally round. A castle once stood in the middle but has been replaced by plane trees, providing some welcome shade in the summer sun. Fourcès has a restaurant, cafe, small general store and a couple of places that sell delicious local produce.
Gallo-Roman Villa of Séviac
This exceptional archaeological site just outside of Montréal-du-Gers was discovered in the 19th century. A Gallo-Roman villa dating from the 4th – 5th century, it boasts splendid mosaics and sumptuous thermal baths. The site is open for visits every day. To complete your visit, head to the museum in the village of Montréal itself, where several mosaic panels as well as other artefacts excavated from the villa are displayed. Perhaps combine with lunch in this pretty bastide town.
Roman ruins at Eauze
At Eauze, you can discover an archaeological treasure: the remains of the Roman settlement of Elusa. Named after the ancient local tribe, the Elusates, the town was an important administrative and religious centre for the region between the 3rd and 7th centuries. You can start at the visitors' centre in Eauze's old railway station, and continue by exploring the 3000m² site itself.
Abbaye de Flaran
This is an old 12th century Cistercian abbey and one of the most visited attractions in the Gers region. In the summer, concerts take place at the Abbaye, dubbed 'Les Nuits Musicale
The town of Condom
The town’s name (which might seem unusual to English-speakers!) is derived from the word ‘condatomagus’, meaning old gallic market. It lies on the river Baïse along one of the main pilgrimage routes to Saint Jacques de Compostelle (Santiago de Compostela). Don’t miss the impressive Cathedral St. Pierre. The town also has an Armagnac museum, where you can learn all about the history and production of this renowned regional spirit.
Visit a pocket sized Carcassonne!
The tiny fortified town of Larressingle is a lovely little fortified town that can be only accessed on foot. Outside of the fortifications there are a few houses, a restaurant and the reconstruction of a medieval encampment complete with typical weaponry such as trebuchets and catapults. Larressingle is under 30 minutes drive away.
Beautiful medieval villages
For a small department, the Gers harbours quite a few official ‘Most beautiful villages in France’. The local village, Fourcès, is one of them, with its distinctive round 'square'. Montréal-du-Gers (9km from the house) is another, a traditional bastide town founded by Alphonse de Poitiers on the site of a previous roman settlement.
The renowned thermal resort of Barbotan is about 35 minutes from the house. You can go and relax for an hour or two in their heated pool with jacuzzi and hamman, or treat yourself to a massage.
Blanche d'Armagnac is in one of the best Armagnac areas. Visit a local château and discover that it is also a great area for wine by tasting a few along with the armagnac! There are plenty to discover in the nearby vicinity. Armagnac is sold under the appellations XXX (less than 2 years), VSOP (4 years), and Napoleon (5 years or more). Or try the aperitifs based on Armagnac: sweet Floc de Gascogne (red or rosé) and La Belle-Sandrine, made with passion fruit.
'Jazz in Marciac' is a very famous jazz festival that takes place in Marciac every year from around 20th July to 20th August. Marciac is about an 1hrs drive away. More information at www.jazzinmarciac.com.
Parc Walibi at Roquefort, near Agen
Water rides, tropical forest, corkscrew etc... Open every day from mid June to end August. Open weekends only in May, June and September. About a 50min drive from the house. More info at www.parcagen.fr
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