Castres Travel Guide

  • Hotel de Ville wedding party
    Hotel de Ville wedding party
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  • Canals of Castres . . .  no, the Agout River.
    Canals of Castres . . . no, the Agout...
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  • St. Benoit Church (St. Benedict)
    St. Benoit Church (St. Benedict)
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Castres Things to Do

  • Always visit the church

    Always visit the church, especially if the museum hasn't yet reopened after lunch. The church of St. Benoit is directly across from the Hotel de Ville and Goya Museum so we decided to see what was inside. Many years ago (8th century) there was a Benedictine Abbey built at Castres and it became a stop on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The...

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  • Try to visit the Market

    One of the fun things to do in France is visit local markets. Castres is no exception. It's a large town and manufacturing center so they can support several markets which is good for the visitor because you have a good chance of being there for one. Try to go as early as you can because they start closing up as the sacred lunch hour approaches and...

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  • Don't miss the Le Notre gardens

    This was a big surprise to us. We came in by car, parked underground, wandered lost into town and got directions at a local pharmacy, walked to the Hotel de Ville, through the courtyard and into the central entrance where we went upstairs to the Goya Museum.As we walked through, I glanced out a window and stopped in disbelief. The other side of the...

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  • If you like Goya, don't miss the museum

    We were driving from a gite we had rented near Carcassonne to another gite in the Aveyron district of the Midi-Pyrenées and set our route so we could visit the Goya Museum in Castres. It's a beautiful town and you could spend a week there, but we were already committed to the Aveyron for the next week so spent only a half day in Castres....

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  • Enjoy the River

    The fast-flowing Agout is a pretty sight when viewed from the low walled walkway at the top of an elevated bank on the west side of the river at the Gardens or further north beyond the apse of the church. From here there are views of the pastel colored old houses to the east, some with water level landings like in Venice, then the spurting of water...

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  • Spend Time in the Bishop's Garden

    The magnificent gardens were created by Le Notre starting in 1676. Since the Museumtakes a lunch break and a weekly market was underway not far off, we used the garden as a picnic ground. Its strong sense of order is emphasized by lanes lined by chestnut trees and massive geometric topiary forms. It all leads to a fountain and pool at the far end....

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    by Beausoleil Written Aug 14, 2013

    We were driving from Carcassonne and arrived near lunch time. We zipped through the market, raced to the Goya Museum and were thrown out at lunch time because the museum closes for lunch. That decided for us, we went in search of a restaurant. We gravitated back toward Place jean Jaurès because we knew the way. We looked at various menus around the square and decide on Brasserie de L'Europe.

    Inside it was warm and cozy. You enter the bar but we were directed upstairs to the restaurant overlooking the busy square.

    The Brasserie changed hands in June of 2011 so any reviews you read before that date are for the previous owners. We thoroughly enjoyed both décor, food and service.

    My photos didn't turn out well here, but I'll put two of them up to give you an idea of the inside.

    Favorite Dish: Here is my journal entry for the meal.

    Joining the rest of France, we went in search of lunch and ended up at the very busy and colorful market square at Brasserie de l’Europe where we were seated on the second floor. It is warm, colorful, old fashioned and very French. We ordered the 16 euro menu of magret de canard with a salad, roasted vegetables and roasted potatoes. It was all delicious and watching everyone else was fun."

    It was a good meal with excellent service in a beautiful setting with stained glass and shiny brass fixtures.

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    shadows playing in Castres

    by Renteboy Updated Aug 14, 2005

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    Favorite thing: During the first 2 weeks of August a festival is held in the city, containing groups of all over the world... from Brazil to South Africa... BUT IT IS FREE!!

    Fondest memory: Bear in mind that if there is "bad weather" the show is held indoor, meaning: less chairs, so more disillusioned people (incl. me :-( )
    In the 2005 edition many groups programmed where replaced by others ... or even not replaced (?) ... :-(

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