Le Pays de Cocagne
A land of tradition
Enjoy our peaceful way of life...
From a centre of learning to the source of the Canal du Midi
With its rich past, Sorèze is a centre of culture and history. Come and visit the Abbey-School, the timber-framed houses, the ruined church tower of Saint-Martin, the Glass Museum, the church with its organ, the lake of Saint-Ferréol and the Museum and Gardens of the Canal du Midi, or Durfort and its copper industry. Sorèze also hosts a year-round programme of events including concerts, exhibitions, book fairs, organised hikes, car boot sales, craft fairs…
From the days of Riquet and Vauban in the 17th century to the building of the dam in the 20th, the story of Les Cammazes has been closely linked with the supply of water from the Montagne Noire. Combined with a verdant landscape, this makes the village popular with people who like to explore nature.
Dourgne and Puylaurens
Between the Montagne Noire and the plain of the Lauragais
You will find this a welcoming area for a stay with family or friends, and you will be able to enjoy outdoor activities and discover the flora and fauna of a protected natural park.
Dourgne is a paradise for nature lovers who can explore this beautiful and well-preserved site.
The town of Puylaurens sits on a hill between the Montagne Noire and the plain of the Lauragais and offers wonderful views of the Pyrenees. In the vicinity, you can practise water sports at the leisure park La Base de Loisirs des Etangs, or enjoy country walks and educational visits.
Lautrec – a taste of authenticity
Lautrec is a history book waiting to be opened! Once the seat of a viscount, it was the home of the Toulouse-Lautrec family, whose most famous son was the post-impressionist painter. Surrounded by countryside, it is also famous for its pink garlic, l’ail rose de Lautrec, and its annual garlic festival.
Between the rivers Agout and Dadou
This is a hospitable area that is a pleasure to explore by foot, bicycle or horseback. You will be able to taste local products and meet the producers on their farms or at the markets. You can experience local life by participating in village fetes, car boot sales, cultural events which evoke the past, musical concerts or graphic arts.
Saint-Sulpice is nestled at the confluence of the Tarn and Agout rivers. The medieval site of Castela invites you to experience the times of the Middle Ages through an exciting visit, with its castle and its exceptional underground refuge overlooking the bastide founded in the 13th century by the Albigensian lord Sicard Alaman. An ideal site for moments of unusual discoveries, relaxation and calm.
Lavaur et Saint-Sulpice
Between the hills of Lauragais and Albigeois, Lavaur is a historical city, cradle of Catharism, where life is good, with its monuments and old houses, where brick, stone and wood are combined.
Saint-Alain Cathedral and its Jacquemart, the town hall, the esplanade du Plô, the "Guiraude de Laurac" multimedia library, the museum chapel and the Tour des Rondes, the gardens and the plane tree paths delight visitors. The heart of the city beats to the rhythm of the many cultural events and a Saturday morning market, considered exceptional in the region