Cordes sur Ciel is in Midi-Pyrenees.
Cordes-sur-Ciel, sometimes known as Cordes or its older name of Cordes en Albigeois, is a bastide, a fortified medieval town, and lies around 75 kilometres to the north-east of Toulouse. Despite its small size, with a population of around 1000, it is well worth visiting due to the well preserved medieval buildings which survived the wars of religion due to the town walls.
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By Train - High speed trains run to Toulouse from which it is possible to get a train to Cordes-Vindrac, a station about 5 kilometres from Cordes itself. A shuttle bus is then available to Cordes.
By Car - The D600 and D922 both join Cordes to the main road network. Although cars are allowed in the lower town in can be quite a sqeeze trying to fit between some of the old streets, and no cars are technically allowed in the upper town at all, altough many drivers seem to ignore this. Parking is available along the road Les Remparts with tickets costing one euro per hour, upto three euros fifty for a day ticket. Access to the old town from there is only a five minute walk away.
By Bus - A bus, the 707, runs between Albi and Cordes, with a journey time of aroud 30 minutes. Times change during term time, however there is no sunday bus.
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Cordes is a small enough Town that almoust everywhere lies within walking distance. There is a small road train which pulls carriages from the base of the town to the the upper sections, but a lot of the joy of Cordes comes from exploring it on foot and discovering the old streets for yourself.
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