Guided Tours of Gascony a land of fabulous fortified villages

Written by on October 9, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées

Gascony is a land of gently rolling hills, a bucolic place where the sun shines most of the time, lighting up the walls of chateaux and mellow stone buildings in picturesque villages. The heart of Gascony is the department of the Gers, where for centuries the landscape has charmed all who visit.

The Fortified villages of Gascony

One of the most famous sons of Gascony is the Musketeer d’Artagnan. A romantic and dashing character, he personifies the history of this beautiful part of France. Not surprising then to learn that Gascony is a place of bastides, fortified villages, historic and breath-takingly beautiful gems.

“The village of Lectoure has a patrician air about it, visible in the old grandeur of its lovely stone buildings” says local tour guide and expert Sue Aran of French Country Adventures. “One of the loveliest of these bastides“ she adds “is Larresingle, the smallest medieval village in France”.

Guided tour of Gascony

Sue has devised a tour of Gascony that’s perfect for food, wine, culture, history, art lovers and more. Her Fortified Gascony tour is about the most beautiful fortified villages, the wine, food and culture of Gascony.

“At the markets you’ll discover heirloom vegetables, aromatic cheeses, pink garlic and wild mushrooms~” she says. “Succulent melons, duck confit, and Arcachon Bay oysters will tempt you – it’s authentic, rustic…”.

Her tours take in local, family-run wineries such as Pellehaut, Uby, Villa Dria, Joïe, Madiran. “Not sold in the United States, Madiran wines have the highest level of anti-oxidants in southern France” she says. You’ll visit the Armagnac distilleries of Chateaux Cassaigne and Monluc, and the Domaines of Ognoas and Saoubis.  And if you want to know more about the wines, oenologist Tom Fiorina will explain how wine making and Armagnac distilling is central to this region’s way of life.

Gascony’s glorious villages

Visit a town where the Romans settled and Éauze, the capital of the Armagnac region. Stunning Nérac and the most beautiful villages in Gascony are on the itinerary. Markets, vineyards, the best restaurants – including the internationally renowned and truly special Les Prés d’Eugénie. Authentic bars, cosy cafés, azure blue skies and the magnificent, vibrant landscape.

If you’re after a real taste of real France then Gascony has to be in your must-see list.

French Country Adventures run small group tours, with everything taken care so that all you have to do is love your dream holiday in Gascony.

Related Articles

Guide to spending a weekend in Toulouse

Toulouse may not immediately come to mind as a destination for a short break, but this exciting, vibrant and historic city is less than a 90-minute flight from the UK and is well served from all over France by the rail network. The vibrant city of Toulouse Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France, […]

Continue Reading

The perfect Wine and Armagnac tour of Gascony

Unleash your spirit of adventure on a guided, custom tour of Gascony where you’ll taste the wonderful wines and famous Armagnac of this sunny southwest region of France. Wine and Armagnac Enthusiasts Adventure Join a two-day tour to taste the spirit of Gascony tucked away in the southwest corner of France. This is a land […]

Continue Reading

Antiquing Tour of Gascony

Antiquing in France is a cultural experience and in Gascony in the southwest of France there are numerous opportunities for finding that special souvenir you’ll love forever. Antiquing in Gascony Brocante, vide-greniers, and marchés aux puces, also known as flea markets, gather crowds of devotees and onlookers in search of a bargain, a rare item, […]

Continue Reading

Brilliant photography course weekends in Gascony France

Capture beautiful images and discover spectacular photographic opportunities during a small, highly personalized, two full-day session in gorgeous Gascony. Gascony is a photographer’s dream Blessed with extraordinary natural beauty, peppered with picturesque villages, Gascony is an outstanding place to join a photography course. It’s a region of hilltop villages and bucolic countryside. It is the […]

Continue Reading

Estaing Aveyron one of the most beautiful villages in France

Estaing in Aveyron, lies at the foot of the Aubrac Mountains, at the mouth of the river that runs through the gorges of Lot. A picture-postcard village that is classified as one of the “most beautiful villages of France”, it’s about 25km from Rodez. What to see in the captivating village of Estaing Averyon Estaing […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top