Puech de Cabanelles is located near 4 "Grands Sites d'Occitanie", Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Najac and Rodez. The region is locally known as Carmausin-Ségala.
From the wild and wooded valley of the Viaur river, to the edge of the Cordes plateau and the vineyards of Gaillac, Carmausin-Ségala has a very varied palette of landscapes and alternating colors. Relaxation through effort in nature, armed with a camera and binoculars! A walk on one of the many hiking trails that cross the area, or relaxing by the water? It's all possible!
In the mood for culture and heritage? Carmausin-Ségala has a rich past and is known, among other things, for the Crusade against the Albigensians. You can lazily stroll through the alleys of medieval villages and cities, or visit one of the many museums.
Gourmets can enjoy local cheeses, Gaillac wines and other local products.
Walking and cycling
The area is perfect for short and long walks and bike rides. You can start from the front door or drive to another beautiful starting point. The Viaur valley has beautiful and well-marked hiking trails that run along the steep banks of the river.
Although sometimes steep climbing is required, there are also enough opportunities for less trained cyclists to explore the area by bike. You can get route books from us, such as Les Véloroutes du Tarn.
We have put a number of hiking and cycling routes in GPX format on our website.
The city of Albi
The city of the red cathedral, the museum of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec and the explorer Lapérouse is 20 minutes away from us. Since August 2010, the old town of Albi is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The red brick and the terraces give the city an almost Italian atmosphere. Walking along the banks of the Tarn, which cuts the city in half, is a pleasure.
© Ville Albi - Christophe Bouthe
Chapelle de Las Planques
One of the walks in the Viaur valley leads to the Église Las Planques. A Romanesque church from the 11th century. The building itself has been beautifully restored. It is located in an abandoned hamlet in the woods on a cliff and can only be reached on foot. If you want to see the church inside, you can pick up the key at the town hall of Tanus or at the Café des Sports before you start the hike!
The Tarn and Aveyron are known for their bastide towns. Characteristic is the medieval village square surrounded by arcades and half-timbered houses. Pick one village or make a nice day trip:
Swimming, canoeing and fishing
We have a heated swimming pool* on the property, great for cooling off on hot summer days. In the immediate vicinity there are also more extensive swimming opportunities and you can fish, canoe, sail and hire pedal boats. With children, the sandy beach of Lac de Roucarié is ideal with shallow water, a playground and clean sanitary facilities. Or you can just relax by the banks of a river, such as the Viaur or the Tarn, we know some beautiful spots.
You can rent canoes at various locations and paddle on the Viaur, the Tarn (from Ambialet or Les Avalats) or the Aveyron (from Saint-Antonin-Nobleval).
Of course, we can tell you everything about the possibilities.
* The swimming pool is heated and is open from ± mid-May to the end of September
Our local wines come from, among other places, Gaillac, a fairly extensive area with a wide variety of wines, white, red, rosé and also sweet dessert wines. White Gaillac is made, among other things, from the local grape variety LEN DE L'EL, a name you won't easily forget. Our favorite domain is Domaine de Brousse.
Less well-known than Gaillac (but perhaps you don't know that area either) is the wine region around the town of Marcillac, near the city of Rodez on the outskirts of the Massif-Central. The area is relatively high so the summers are somewhat milder. This gives red wines that are slightly lighter in taste. At Cabanelles, we like to serve a Marcillac with the illustrious name Lo Sang del Païs. But not just because of the name!
We also enjoy Madiran, Vin de Pays d'Oc, Corbières, Saint-Chinian and many other beautiful wines from the Sunny South here. You can taste and buy the wines at our place. But we also like to give tips for visiting wine domains in the region.
Famous bridges and viaducts
Undoubtedly one of the most famous viaducts of our time: the Viaduc de Millau. Designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. 2,460 meters long and 343 meters high at the highest point. A beautiful destination for a day trip. The Viaduc de Millau can be reached via a beautiful route through the Vallée du Tarn. More info >>
Closer to Cabanelles, just 5 minutes away, is the Viaduc de Viaur. A railway viaduct on the Toulouse-Rodez line, completed in 1902 and still in use. It was designed by Paul Bodin, a student of Eiffel, and that is immediately reflected in the architectural style. The viaduct is 500 meters long and spans a valley 200 meters deep.
La Ville Rose. Capital of the Occitanie region (Midi-Pyrénées until 2016), located on the Garonne river and a 1 hour's drive from us. For the French, Toulouse, due to the climate, is the second most popular city to live and work in after Paris. Pick a terrace on the famous Place du Capitol or view one of the many museums and historical buildings. A visit to the Space Museum or the Airbus factories (see below) is also worth it.
Airbus factories and aviation museum
The assembly plants of Airbus are located at Toulouse airport. The largest passenger aircraft in the world, the A380, is assembled here. You can get an extensive tour in French or English, led by a guide. You have to book a few days in advance and you can't bring photo and video cameras. Even the mobile phone should stay at home!
If you are interested in the history of the aviation industry in Toulouse, you can visit the Musée Aeroscopia. This museum is located next to the assembly halls of the Airbus A380 and tells everything about the aircraft built in Toulouse. There are also "real" aircraft that you can view inside and out, such as the Caravelle, the Super Guppy, the very first Airbus A300 and two supersonic Concordes.