Though you will find a thousand reasons to come back. Country of d’Artagnan and the musketeers, our department holds the key to a charming stay in the countryside. It offers rolling and luminous landscapes, an unique heritage, fortified towns, an exceptional vineyard, a generous gastronomy and so much more !
1 - D'Artagnan Do you know of his bravery and his strong Gascon character? D’Artagnan is without a doubt the most emblematic figure of the Gers. From Lupiac, his native village, to Condom, via Auch, dive into his chivalrous history.
2 - Its 3 UNESCO classified sites All three linked by the memory of the pilgrimages on the routes of Saint-Jacques de Compostela, do not miss these remarkable sites for their architecture and their history : Sainte-Marie d’Auch cathedral, the collegiate church in La Romieu and the Lartigue bridge.
3 - Its beautiful villages On a rocky outcrop you notice the ochre stone of a church or a chateau. Take a break and stroll through the medieval lanes and let yourself be charmed by the tranquility of our villages, 6 of which have been ranked « Most Beautiful Villages® », 1 « Most Beautiful Detours in France® » and lastly, Great Auch « Land of Art and History® ». So roam the little roads of the Gers to discover our characterful villages !
4 - Its living heritage Between history and modernity, cultural places abound. The Abbey of Flaran houses the exceptional Simonow collection of masterpieces by great masters. For those fond of antiquity and archeology, Elusa Capitale Antique is a treasure not to be missed. If your journey takes you to Auch, it is the Museum of the Americas-Auch that you must discover with the second most significant collection of pre-Colombian art in France.
5 - Its major festivals When you have reason to celebrate like the Gascons, it’s not surprising that there are so many events and festivals around music, rhythm and more! Numerous events punctuate the year in so many spheres like artistic circus performances, photography, astronomy, gastronomy, car racing… Many have strong links with the surrounding nature which gives them charm and their distinctive Gers character.
6 - Its vineyard Bons vivants and other wine and spirit lovers will appreciate puttering along the rolling roads in the heart of the vineyards to explore the Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Saint Mont wines. Come and unravel the mystery of the oldest eau-de-vie in France: Armagnac. Do not miss the distillation celebrations : La Flamme de l’Armagnac. Warmth and ambiance guaranteed! As for Floc de Gascogne, son of Armagnac and aperitif with character, it will tell you about our Gascony better than anyone.
7 - Its gastronomy The reputation of our cuisine is well established. Comforting garbure, tasty foie gras, duck breast and confit, airy apple croustade are all delights for the gourmet to discover. Pioneers in the terms of a qualitative approach, we cultivate good products here, from hearty rustic dishes and fine cuisine, the Slow Food movement and the promotion of old, rare breeds. Local producers’ markets, good restaurants, farm visits… get ready to enjoy the feast!
8 - Its remarkable gardens Our two sites classified Remarkable Gardens invite you for a stroll. Discover the Gardens of Coursiana with its 700 rare species of trees and bushes from 5 continents, its English garden, the arboretum, family vegetable plot and its perfumed garden of aromatic medicinal plants. The Palmeraie du Sarthou, is an exotic promenade over nearly 8 hectares with palm trees, banana groves, arboretum, lotuses and water lilies, a nursery specializing in exotic plants, an orchard…
9 - Its major and gentle routes On foot, horseback, on a bicycle, on land or on water, all ways are good ways to discover the Gers. Walkers will find themselves on the Santiago de Compostela routes and many other walking trails that crisscross the Gers. Cycling enthusiasts can ride along the peaceful Baïse valley on the V82 cycle path, or go on the many circuits dedicated to electric or mountain bikes. Finally, the European Route d’Artagnan is not lacking in panache. A transnational equestrian route, it meets the desires of long distance riders.
10 - Its leisure activities Tree climbing adventures, visiting farms, air and mechanical sports, canoeing, leisure centres and other water sports, there is no shortage of activities for young and old. If you want to be active and have a blast, while staying in touch with nature, there is certainly something you can do in the Gers: fishing, golf, geocaching, orienteering, rail biking, astronomy…
The orchard of the Southwest
The Tarn-and-Garonne is in the heart of the Southwest, a land of orchards and breath taking nature. Come to discover the mix of cultural tourism and “slow tourism” leisure pursuits, the cloister of Moissac, Montauban but also the safe cycle path along the Canal des Deux Mers, the Aveyron Gorges and its stunning villages.
Taste the fruits, vegetables, garlic and truffles, not to mention the wine, geese and ducks specialities such as delicious foie gras.
The Tarn-et-Garonne, with its microclimate and rich soil, produces 80% of the fruit in the Occitanie, 420 000 tons to be exact. It's the vineyard of the Southwest. Chasselas de Moissac AOC, with its light golden fruit, is one of the bestselling grapes. Reine-Claude Label Rouge is a unique variety of plum from the southwest with a firm, juicy, sun-drenched texture. The plum tree is in fact the oldest plant species cultivated for marketing. Tarn-et-Garonne also produces Quercy melons with their exceptional aroma and taste, Moissac cherries, Apples, Lomagne hazelnuts, Laguépie chestnuts, saffron, white garlic from Lomagne, and duck specialities such as foie gras.
Whether you are a family, a couple or just friends, each step takes you towards a discovery, a magical spot and a shared pleasure.
© Aurélien Desmiers
SouthWest of France
Located between Bordeaux and Toulouse, the Lot-et-Garonne department heralds the spirit of the South West of France. Framed by its rivers and its hilly countryside, the area around Agen is the destination to enjoy its typical “art de vivre”. But there is a lot more to the place than the sweet taste of the famous prunes of Agen: bastides and castles, markets, river boat cruises, bicycle courses along the major waterways…
Deep in the middle of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Lot-et-Garonne invites its visitors to stroll among the peaceful and gentle scenery and discover its villages renowned for their hospitality. Hundreds of hiking circuits and two branches of the Way of St. James enable walkers to mix travelling with visiting heritage sites. The Lot Valley, the “Canal des 2 Mers à vélo” can be discovered by bicycle. Sailing along the Baïse Riveror or the Garonne Canal is another way to discover the vicinity.
Exhibiting a rich heritage, the Lot-et-Garonne counts the most bastides (medieval cities built between the 11th and 14th century) in the country. In the finest of all, Monflanquin, is located the Bastide Museum. The Bonaguil Castle is one of the last standing among the great French fortified castles. In Agen, the famous canal bridge is the second longest in France.
The Lot-et-Garonne is first in France for the variety of fruits and vegetables grown. If the prune of Agen is foremost in celebrity, hazelnuts and Label Rouge strawberries (Garriguette, Charlotte, Ciflorette and Mariguette) also offer the department the top place in production on the national level. Inheriting an age-long expertise, the local vineyards produce 4 AOC labeled wines (Vins de Buzet, Côtes de Duras, Côtes du Marmandais, Vins du Brulhois).
Hospitable and celebration-loving, the Lot-et-Garonne welcomes more than 1 000 events every year, featuring rock, jazz, bandas, historical reenactments, and modern theater.