The Official Guide

Most Beautiful Villages in France book

Subscribe to RSS headline updates from:
Powered by FeedBurner

  Fuel Prices in France

Design and hosting by
FrenchDuck Digital

French Duck Digital logo

Grapes at Domaine Leduc-Frouin

Official Guide to the Most Beautiful Villages of France

The Official Guide

Castres Carnaval

The town of Castres  (81 Tarn, Occitanie) celebrates the end of Lent with a Carnaval with a difference – a Venetian Carnaval! (Carnaval Venetian) 16 – 18 March 2019

Castres Carnaval posterPart of the Carnaval is on the water (the river Agout) Festa sull’acqua – a parade with a floating procession of acrobats, fire-eaters and dancers!

The medieval houses overhanging the river gave this part of the town the nickname of “little Venice”

see more on the Carnaval at


Castres is the birthplace of the famous socialist leader Jean Jaurès and home to the important Goya Museum of Spanish painting.The town is probably best known nowadays for its Rugby Union (rugby à quinze) team, which is one of the top European teams. In this area the local wine is Gaillac.

Stay in the heart of the town in the Grand Hotel, which dates from 1909!

Castres viewTGVBy Train /TGV to Castres with

Or hire a car from Castres to visit nearby Albi or Toulouse or Gaillac through

rentalcars link