Château de Larrouzé - Midi-Pyrénées.
"A canvas of sunflower fields and orchards, the Gers, in southwest France, basks in 300 days of sunshine a year. Among the fields and apple trees are vineyards that produce the grapes for armagnac, the local tipple. One of the least populated départements, this area of ancient villages and old stone market towns is untroubled by fast trains or low-budget airlines (though Bordeaux and Toulouse are less than two hours’ drive away)." - The Times 2017
"Look closely at a map of southwestern France and you’ll notice it: a blank spot just west of Toulouse where the place names thin out and the train lines and expressways veer away, like a stream flowing around a boulder. That blank spot is Gascony, one of the most rural regions in all of France. Gascons are for the most part proud of their provinciality, and many of them have developed the curious habit of describing their bucolic land in terms of all the things it doesn’t have: big cities, mass tourism, traffic, urban stress, high-speed rail service, autoroutes, soaring real estate prices, hordes of Parisians snapping up summer homes and so on. I spent most of a year there to gather material for a culinary memoir and can confirm the absence of all those things"- The New York Times 2017
Each market town has a traditional French market selling local fresh produce every morning. On Thursdays visit Eauze, one of the biggest and being one of the best markets on a Thursday with produce from all over the region.
Local Markets marketsinfrance.com
Condom, Wednesday & Sunday
Coast & Beach
The coast between Bordeaux and Biarritz, with its many surfing beaches, is about 1 hrs 40 mins drive away.
Château Cassaigne chateaudecassaigne.com
Château Monluc (where they product the “Rapier shot”, a mix of their own Armagnac and their sparling wine) monluc.fr
Château Busca-Maniban buscamaniban.com
Château Lavardens chateaulavardens.com
wine domains tariquet.com • vignerons-buzet.fr • domainedemagnaut.com • domainedescassagnoles.com • domainedescassagnoles.com • domainedemeillan.fr • domaineseailles.fr • chiroulet.com • pellehaut.com • gensac.com
The Tour de Termes d’Armagnac
Auch the capital of the department 32, its cathedral,
Condom its cathedral, cloister, the museum of Armagnac.
Cruises on the Baise from Condom gascogne-navigation.com
Major Not-to-Miss Attractions
- The fortified village of Larressingle and Cité des Machines du moyen-âge (engineering in medieval times) you get to dress-up and take part in the firing of medieval weapons larressingle.free.fr
- Abbaye de Flaran – Valence-sur-Baise patrimoine-musees-gers.fr
- The Gallo-Roman villa and museum Séviac Montreal-du-Gers elusa.fr
- The college of La Romieu and arboretum “Les Jardins de Coursiana” jardinsdecoursiana.com
- Eauze museum of Roman treasures
- Fourcès – a pretty circular bastide village. fources.fr
Chalet Larrouzé - Grand Massif.
The name "Samoëns" dates back to the year 1167.
It derives from a medieval expression that means "the seven mountains" that surrounded the village: Cuidex, Vigny, Folly, Oddaz, Bostan, Chardonnière, Freterolles, La Vullie. That is why its inhabitants are called septimontains and septimontaines.