Seven kilometres away, this medieval fortified town with walls and gates to protect the Cathars is well worth exploring. There is a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside at the top and several museums, a pottery and many small shops selling crafts.
Set on the banks of the Aveyron, this town - a centre of Protestantism during the French Wars of Religion - is a web of ancient winding streets and interesting buildings including the twelfth-century Old Town Hall with a carving of Adam and Eve. It has a huge market each Sunday morning.
Transport: by AIR to Toulouse (Easyjet/British Airways). By TRAIN using Eurostar from London St Pancras followed by TGV to Toulouse (book straight through from London to Toulouse). From Toulouse there are local trains to Cordes Vindrac (five minutes from Marnaves). Address: Marnaves, 81170 Tarn, France.