A Day in Castres

Mazamet’s larger neighbour Castres is less than 20km away. Well worth a visit when staying at La Villa! A bit of background Built around the banks of the river Agout, the area now known as Castres was inhabited as early as the Bronze Age (1000BCE), as evidenced by the discovery of a large necropolis along ….

Lautrec… a quintessential French village

  Like many small towns and villages, its fortunes ebb and flow. The medieval village of Lautrec, just 30 mins (35 km) from Mazamet, seems to be on the up with a number of new eateries and boutique shops opening in recent years. The village, one the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, was once ….

The Lac des Montagnès

Fancy a cooling dip, a leisurely walk, or a long lazy lunch?   Lac des Montagnès is a beautiful reservoir located just 10 mins outside of the town, at an altitude of nearly 750m, and one of the must-dos in Mazamet this summer. With restaurants, mini golf, tree-top adventure park Lac’Cro Parc, aquatic park Aqua ….

A midsummer night’s dream in Mazamet

What to do in Mazamet this summer   Le Marché des Producteurs On Monday July 6th, the fantastic Marché des Producteurs commences in Mazamet. This wonderful event is a showcase for local food & drinks with around 15 stalls selling their wares, a table to seat 200 and what the French call ‘conviviality’ (coming together ….

Montagne Noire East and the Minervois – Self-drive Day Tour

OVERVIEW You’ve read our articles and know Mazamet inside out? Time to venture into our neighboring départements and drive through the Hérault and Aude. This route commences in the Valley du Thoré that runs from Mazamet towards Béziers and takes in a variety of scenery along the way, from mountain pastures to vineyards, medieval villages ….

So, what is there to do in and around Mazamet?

That’s a question guests often ask before booking a stay with us and, in no particular order, these are our top 10 right on the doorsteps of Mazamet: Montagne Noire – Mazamet’s wonderful backdrop is the stunning Montagne Noire montagne range which, despite is name, is an oasis of green for most of the year ….

Albi – a city of superlatives

Come discover this UNESCO World Heritage City – and firm favourite with our guests for a day trip from La Villa.   No matter what time of year, Albi is a magnificent city; the prefectoral capital of the Tarn Département and the number one place our guests choose to visit during their stay in the ….

Planning a cycle trip for 2020? – look no further than Mazamet!

Come take a look at why choosing La Villa de Mazamet would be a great choice for your next cycling adventure. Mazamet really does have it all for those who love to cycle. With 28 pre-planned cycle routes, stunning vistas & quite roads, a 65km cycle path….and the 120km training route of Mazamet’s cycling legend ….

Cooking by the Canal du Midi

A one-day French cookery course, on the banks of the Canal du Midi, near Carcassonne. Picture the scene. A converted French farmhouse by the banks of the Canal du Midi, joining fellow foodie enthusiasts with a trained chef, learning how to cook a three-course French meal……then sitting down with a glass (or three) of wine ….

Feeling Peckish? See our 2019 guide to local restaurants

Asides from the tasty offerings for dinner at La Villa… come take a look at where you can eat in & around Mazamet       With more than 10 restaurants within a short walk of La Villa and a further 12 within a short drive, there is something to suit all tastes right on ….

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