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An extended stay in Albi is a chance to visit its historic center and famous monuments. You can also soak up the vibrant culture and explore the green spaces: Square Lapérouse, the gardens at the Palais de la Berbie, and more. Art lovers will be captivated by the museum devoted to Toulouse-Lautrec, a native of Albi and a talented painter. The Musée Lapérouse is another must-see, with its collection of the explorer Jean-François de Galaup. Finally, try the succulent local cuisine in the typical traditional restaurants in the city center or at your hotel-restaurant.
On your family vacation in Albi, start by taking a tour of the ramparts that surround the city, offering a great vantage point. Plan an outing to the leisure park in Cantepau, close to Tarn, where there are activities suitable for young and old alike: labyrinth, accrobranch trail, golf, tennis, football, etc. Also explore the beautiful Occitan region, especially Toulouse, a city with many surprises: skating rink, aquarium, planetarium, unspoiled heritage, museums, etc. You can also enjoy the waterfront and visit the surroundings of Albi.
Albi food is rich, but the star is the gimblette albigeoise, a small crown of sweet orange-blossom flavored pastry, with anise or citron confit. Its very special taste can surprise tourists, but most often they’re charmed. Other specialties include mourtayrol, a typical beef pot-au-feu and galabart, a southwest blood sausage produced in the area around Albi. Your Campanile restaurant offers a selection of these local dishes.
Two major annual events take place in Albi and are part of the city’s cultural and musical renown. The Festival des Œillades takes place in December and celebrates French and foreign short subject films. Pros and amateurs of this type of cinema come to Albi for this famous event. The second event not to be missed is the Pause Guitare Festival in July, in the department of Tarn. It’s an ideal opportunity to discover the Occitan region from one of our Campanile hotels in Toulouse.