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Landscapes of the Tarn

Tarn Valley - wooded hills & mellow villages
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Combine this with our Land of the Crusades walk to make a wonderful two-week Tarn discovery. Alternatively, if flying via Toulouse, why not add on an extra night or two to explore the city?
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • quiet paths, picturesque stone villages
  • explore medieval Albi
  • distinctive regional cuisine

The landscape of the Tarn is Mediterranean in character. The beautiful small city of Albi nestles on the River Tarn's banks, dominated by its magnificent cathedral whose fortifications are testimony to more turbulent times during which Albi and surrounding settlements such as Ambialet were attacked first as part of the crusades to suppress the Cathar heresy and later in the Wars of Religion.

This classic walk leads eastwards from medieval Albi through the Tarn Valley, a wonderful progression from rolling hills into ever more dramatic countryside.
As you walk eastwards from Albi through the Tarn Valley, you pass villages of mellow stone-work, and discover varied landscapes, the vineyards and wooded hills soon giving way to countryside which is more southern in character, with cork oaks and cypress trees. Unspoiled and full of cultural interest, the Tarn is a wonderfully rewarding region. Staying in comfortable hotels, you will discover the distinctive, rich cuisine of the region, and its excellent wines, such as the flinty Gaillac whites.

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