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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 75km 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 5km 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 squeeze trying to fit between some of the old streets, and no cars are technically allowed in the upper town at all, although many drivers seem to ignore this. Parking is available along the road Les Remparts with tickets costing one euro per hour, up to 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.

Get around[edit]

Cordes is a small enough Town that almost 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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  • Walk around the Town - A walk from the Porte des Ormeaux along the Rue Saint-Michel to the Halle, further along to the Porte du Planol before returning back along the Grande Rue Raimond VII to the Porte des Ormeaux, would allow you to see the majority of the upper city. Alternative routes could include walking the ramparts of the city, along Les Remparts and the Promenade des Lice or starting in the lower town at the Place de la Bouteillerie to walk up to the Porte du Planol by the Grande Rue de la Barbacane, along Les Remparts and through the Porte des Ormeaux before following the Grande Rue Raimond VII and the Grande Rue de la Barbacane back to your starting place.
  • Markets - There have long been markets in Cordes, as shown by the Halle, and there still are often markets on in Cordes, including the Saturday morning market in the Place de la Bouteillerie (in the lower town) and the Wednesday morning market in the Autan Square. There are also seasonal markets, such as the night markets, normally on between July and August, and the truffle market, on between mid-December and mid-February - weather permitting.

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  • La Maison de Tourelle (French Escapes), Salles, Tarn, 81640, France (10min East from Cordes-Sur-Ciel), [1]. A really authentic gîte run by a charming English couple. Sleeps from 4-14 people and there's an old 13th century stone staircase that is simply amazing. There's a pool and extensive gardens too which are perfect in the summer time. €495 pw. (44.0732187838,2.03435897827) edit


Get out[edit]

  • Albi - Largest city in the department of Tarn with its Cathedral listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Toulouse - Largest city in the region of Midi-Pyrenees.

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