The surroundings of Camping Latapie
Tarn-et-Garonne is an art
this art of living, the variety of its landscapes, the richness of its soils, the softness of its climate, its welcoming population? The Tarn-et-Garonne has always been a land of welcome and it remains so. For less than a century, this land has welcomed immigrants
Italians, refugees from the Spanish Civil War, 60,000 Belgians in 1940, Algerian returnees, Algerian, Moroccan and Portuguese workers … And today, foreign residents, half British. This is to say that this land will receive you and offer you its landscapes, its heritage of the past and its art of living in the present.
The art of beautifying cities
Since prehistoric times, those who have lived here have left their mark, a whole heritage, a legacy of their skill and taste. Montauban, pink city, City of Art and History, which was long Protestant, wears beautiful its almost nine centuries. It offers strollers its Place Nationale, splendid arcades, its old pedestrian streets, its postcard view on the old episcopal palace, current museum Ingres, since the old bridge, its rose garden François Mitterrand. Another pearl in the Tarn-et-Garonne crown, Moissac, whose cloister and the tympanum of the abbey church are listed as World Heritage by Unesco. More modest witnesses of the human genius, the bastides, new cities of the Middle Ages: Beaumont-de-Lomagne, the small Montjoi, Castelsagrat, with its well of XIIIe, Réalville, founded by Philippe the Bel, Lauzerte, strategic frontier city during the Hundred Years War. Not to mention the churches – St-Martin in Montpezat, St-Pierre in Lachapelle … – and the abbeys of Beaulieu or Belleperche. The castles of Bruniquel, Gramont, Cas and Brassac. And all the old villages, such as Bruniquel, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and Montricoux, in the gorges of Aveyron, or Auvillar, stage of the road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.
The art of cultivating differences
The art of revealing tastes
Rich agricultural land, tasty Tarn-et-Garonne. A paradise for fruits, with the chasselas de Moissac with golden grains. Kingdom of “fat”, goose or duck, liver, confit or duck breast. A slice of truffle, a plate of porcini mushrooms and garlic, accompanied by chestnuts. A good glass of wine, Côtes du Frontonnais, Côtes du Brulhois, Quercy or Lavilledieu, wine country. Everywhere, we cultivate the art of taste. At table. On the farm: five (and soon six) “Circuits des saveurs” combining gastronomy and heritage, lead amateurs to the producers and restaurateurs of the department. To markets, bold, with mushrooms, truffles, garlic, organic, summer night market, famous markets of Castelsarrasin, Caussade, Montauban and Valence-Agen, where we hear and sing the roll Occitan language. At Belleperche Abbey, home to the Taste of the Arts Center and the Table, where we discovered antique dishes and culinary traditions, where every summer dishes of music you dine with old.
The art of inspiring artists
The art of active days
Who would have imagined when only the railroad went down there, fifty years ago, that the gorges of Aveyron would one day offer a permanent playground for rock and water enthusiasts? Canoeing, climbing and caving share their favors. Others, cultivating the art of slowness, discover the gorges of Aveyron and the whole Tarn-et-Garonne on foot. Several thousand hikers follow the footsteps of pilgrims from the Middle Ages to Santiago de Compostela, via Lauzerte, Moissac and Auvillar every year. Some roam the plains, gorges and hills on mountain bikes or on horseback. Those will appreciate horse-drawn competition and equestrian shows in Réalville. Still others paraglide over the mosaic of fields, vineyards and woods or indulge in free flight. Everywhere, in pools, water bodies, rivers, we bathe. Rugby reigns on the stadiums, like petanque on the place of the villages: southern atmosphere.
The art of the pleasures of water
If the Tarn and the Garonne attract respect – ah, the angers of Occitan “Garona” – we prefer to keep away, protected from floods. As if by contrast, the Tarn-et-Garonne offers the whole range of domesticated water, soft to the man as modeled by his hands. In complete tranquility, the Deux-Mers canal crosses the department, from Pompignan to Lamagistère. A branch, with locks very soon automated, connects Montech to the port of Montauban. Sail from Toulouse to Montauban then to Moissac, Valence d’Agen. Do not miss the canal bridge on the Tarn, in Moissac, and the original water slope of Montech, which replaces five locks. At the edge of the canal, run, pedal, ride on the greenway, built on the towpath, away from motor vehicles. At the confluence of the Tarn and the Garonne, near the lake, observe the birds. Fish in a lake or river. Admire the mills. From water to recreation, swimming, diving, splashing. Freshness.
The art of inviting to the party