Mazamet’s larger neighbour “Castres” is just 15 mins away by car or train. Well worth a visit when staying at La Villa!
Built around the banks of the river Agout, and pre-dating the Roman’s influence in the region, Castres’ most well known vista is of the medieval coloured houses which remind you of Florence.
Castres has two excellent museums. The Jean Jaures, dedicated to this famous republican, assassinated in Paris on the outbreak of WW1. The other museum, which may seem rather out of place, is that dedicated to Goya, who saw out his days living in Castres. The Goya Museum has a great collection of Spanish art together with summer temporary exhibitions.
The Goya Museum sits overlooking the stunning topiary “Bishop’s Gardens” and adjacent to the 1904 built, Italian rococo style. Municipal Theatre
On a Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday morning enjoy the market in the main Place Jean Jaures sqaure and take a sedate boat ride up the River Agout aboard “Miredames” a replica 17th century river barge.
For lunch or dinner there are many options, the main square’s the place for a summer’s day alfresco lunch with a variety of eateries. For something special, and in a former vine cellar, we have enjoyed many a nice meal at O’Victoria so ask for directions and we can call in advance for reservations.
Getting There: – take the train from Mazamet in around 20 mins (allow a 15 min walk to the town centre) the Tarn Bus (just 2€ each way) or drive in 15 mins with easy undercover parking near the main square. Castres is also featured on one of our 8 self-drive day tours and, combined with the nearby village of Lautrec, is a great day out.
Little known, the Castres-Mazamet Airport has three flights a day to/from Paris and a weekly summer flight to Corsica too.