Cordes-sur-Ciel

Cordes-sur-Ciel is a magnificent Albigensian bastide in Tarn, one of the oldest such fortified towns in Occitanie. It boasts an exceptional Gothic heritage in which all phases are represented: 13th-century Primitive, 14th-century Radiant and 15th-century Flamboyant. Founded in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse Raymond VII, it has kept all of its authentic character, to which it owes its charm. A walk in the medieval town is a real enchantment, especially as the cobbled streets are lined with craft shops and artists' galleries.

We are very privileged to be invited to our friends’ incredible home in Cordes every summer.

Cordes-sur-Ciel is a town that is best explored on foot in order to appreciate all the beautiful sights that you will see. Along the steep, cobbled streets, you will be instantly immersed in a medieval atmosphere: fortified doors, ramparts and carved Gothic façades, a real trip back to the Middle Ages! The upper town still has some superb Gothic residences, including the Grand Falconer’s House, the Grand Squire’s House and the Grand Huntsman’s house, famous for its carved hunting scene. For breathtaking views, stand at the top of the ramparts and be amazed by the superb views over the Cérou Valley!

In July, for two days, the Grand Falconer’s festival will sweep you away to the medieval world, with a programme including a banquet in period costume, a ball, a medieval market, parades and other activities from days gone by.

This is wine country and we always enjoy excursions to the local vineyards in the Gaillac region, one of France’s oldest viticultural areas, established in Roman times. We always try to stock up and leave behind a selection of sampled wine as a Thank you for having us.

The markets are always a treasure trove of livestock, fresh fruit and vegetables and foie gras! Not to mention the divine Patisserie …! Perfect catering for our stay!

Surrounding countryside is quintessentially French – marvellous!

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