A two-day break
Two days is just enough time to discover the wonderful history and patrimony of Albi in the Midi-Pyrénées region. On the first day, visit the reknown Albi cathedral, a masterpiece of the Southern gothic style, to take in its medieval and fortified architecture. Then, continue your day by touring the Palais de Berbie, formerly the Bishops' Palace of Albi and now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, which is one of the oldest, preserved castles in France. For dinner, try the traditional and delicious dishes of south-sastern France in the highly-recommended restaurants Ambroisie or Le Papillion. On the second day, walk on the millennium-old Pont-Vieux (Old Bridge), originally built in stone and then clad in brick, and admire the panoramic views of the Tarn river banks. All these attractions are easily accessible from Hotel Campanile ALBI CENTRE.
A week-long stay
Explore the other districts of the historic center with a week-long stay. Check out 11th and 12th century Castelnau, or the "new district", known for its medieval, timber-framed houses, which include the symbolic house of the Vieil Alby as well as the painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Go back in time with the 11th century Saint Salvi area, which fluorished around the Saint Salvi Collegiate church and cloister. Browse the many local products and specialities in the market hall in the nearby narrow streets.
A family holiday
Take a family road trip to the nearby attractions and cities. Just west of Albi, Gaillac is the center of a well-known vineyard area, AOC Gaillac. Parents will enjoy the culinary treasures and wine tastings in these fortified villages. Head northwest to visit Cordes sur Ciel, a small Medieval town perched on a hill between two valleys. Finally, go north of Carmaux, a mining town, to see Gustave Eiffel's finest bridge, the Viaduc du Viaux, which carries the railway line from Albi to Rodez.