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.

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