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Le Weekend in…. Eauze

Part of our series featuring places for a short stay in the in France we visit the Gers, South West France (32 Gers, Occitanie)

Le Weekend in…Eauze

Where to stay?

B&B Au Campané

Au Campané

There is a B&B near Nogaro – Au Campané B&B Set amongst the vineyards of Armagnac with covered pool and terrace

Where to eat – gourmet

Further afield in Eauze and Nogaro, there is a wide choice of bars and brasseries.La Bonne Auberge in the centre of Manciet is Michelin starred and offers gourmet standard meals including a lunch “formule”.In the town of Eauze, La Vie en Rose has an excellent long-standing reputation for fine dining

Local food and wines

Superb value Cotes de Gascogne wines, Floc de Gascogne (an aperitif made from grape juice and Armagnac)and fine vintage Armagnacs.Vins de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne wines and Armagnac. Food – Anything to do with duck really – from pate, to rillettes, magret de canard and the famous foie gras

Markets

Eauze market day is Thursday – the market is one of the largest in the area offering everything from saucisson to cheeses and more besides.Nogaro has a small market on Wednesdays and weekly market on Saturdays.Vic Fezensac (15km) has a large, bustling market on Fridays.

Must see

Many vineyards and Armagnac distilleries are worthy of a visit.

a bit of culture?

The cathedrals at Auch and Condom are uplifiting and inspiring; Montreal has a Roman villa with amazing mosaics; Lupiac is the birthplace of d’Artagnan and has a small museum worthy of note.For those interested in the great outdoors, the region is perfect for bike rides or walking – many back roads with spectacular views and very little traffic.

Shopping

The city of Pau is elegant and offers many opportunities for retail therapy along with pavement cafes and numerous restaurants.

Something for the kids?

100 acres of land including woods and pasture.A little further afield is the Santiago de Compostella pilgrim’s route

Getting there?

Nearest airports are Toulouse (90 minutes), Pau (60 minutes)- 11 hour drive from the channel ports and 3½ hours from the Spanish port of Bilbao.

This part of Gascony isn’t very well served by public transport so a car would be essential.

When to go

There are many events and festivals which take place in the region throughout the year.( click on links for dates)

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