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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Cordes-sur-Ciel
Insee code81069
AltitudeFrom 159 to 320 meters
Surface8.27 km²
Population1041 inhabitants
Density125 inhabitants/km²


National labelLes Cabannes at 990 m
Chief townAlbi (at 24 km, 24 min)Vindrac-Alayrac at 3 km
DepartmentTarnMouzieys-Panens at 3.5 km
RegionMidi-PyrénéesSearch another town


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Cordes-sur-Ciel fascinates all who discover it because it is primarily a vision: a city amount to assault the sky. Because it is then a history book and an album of art where the memory of men remained alive, written in stone since its creation in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse.

Its exceptional, remarkable architectural heritage make it one of the most significant medieval towns of France and a Mecca of European heritage. Their surroundings, a rare authenticity, has attract and retain artists and artisans who find their inspiration here.

"There has seven hundred thousand years,

Strings, tired of being on the floor

With its future monuments,

Gathered momentum in the atmosphere

Check after the trip

Among the rain or shine

Which are in the sky

She sat on a cloud

Saint Michael and the Archangels

The surrounded wing their

This sensational hours

Date name: Cordes "

Jeanne-Ramel Cals.

Its gastronomic specialties: Specialty cordaise par excellence, the crunch, is a subtle blend of sugar, egg whites, flour and almonds, which comes from the Middle Ages. They are found in all good pastries cordaises. Located on the AOC Gaillac wine is a specialty of Country Cordes. Any time the tenants have been careful to select varieties best suited to the climate and terrain to produce a quality wine preserving its specificity. Some varieties are typical in the Gaillac vineyards: the mauzac the ondec and in the el.

A reception: At the foot of the medieval city, the House of the land has Cordais producers and craftsmen who have joined a quality charter (product development in a non-industrial, product warranty ...).


  • Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art:
  • It is installed in the Maison du Grand Fauconnier (Historical Monument) and offers a unique encounter between the historical architectural heritage and artistic creation. This museum has four rooms:
  • The room devoted to the painter Yves Brayer (1907-1990) who was one of the greatest figurative painters of the 20th century.
  • Space Verdet collects the donation made in 2002 by André Verdet and the municipal collection of contemporary works.
  • The room Baskine / Meunier that exposes all of the work of Maurice Baskine and some works of surrealist Francis Meunier.
  • The room Embroidery traces this activity that made the richness of Strings between 1880 and 1930.
  • Museum of Art and History Charles Portal:
  • Located at the Porte des Ormeaux, this museum has collections of objects from excavations on Strings (Well of Halle from 1954 to 1961) and region (1977 to 1985).
  • It provides information to better understand the history and architecture of the city.
  • An exclusive film shows the inside of the mysterious well of the hall.
  • The history of the city is found in all the exhibitions organized but also in the building itself of the 13th century.
  • The museum including the Free Ferrat, dated the 13th century, and in Occitan recounts the major events in the City.
  • Art Museum of Sugar:
  • The museum is located at the top of the city in the House Prunet. Visitors can admire the many accomplishments of sugar from various methods. This permanent exhibition, unique, includes hundreds of pieces made by the team of Meilleur Ouvrier de France: Yves Thuriès.
  • In the original surroundings carefully studied lighting, two large showrooms gather in showcases masterpieces of sugar and chocolate in all shapes and sizes.
  • Arts and crafts:
  • Cordes-sur-Ciel, mysterious and secret, has captured the hearts of artists and craftsmen who found in its walls steeped in history, authenticity and a climate conducive to inspiration and creation.
  • A thirty artists and craftsmen settled in the year in the city. Check out their workshops, see live tradition, see birth of innovation in seeking hands, see the spirit transform the material to create works and give substance to the dreams of men. Come and meet them in their studios and share their passions!
Detailed information
Information pointsTourist Office of Cordes-sur-Ciel
Leisure centresGarden of the Paradis,   Museum Charles Portal - Histoire et Patrimoine
MonumentsChurch Saint-Michel


  • Events:
  • Medieval Festival Grand Fauconnier: 14 and 15 July. During the two festival days, bagpipes, troubadours, fire eaters, jugglers, acrobats, musicians, falconers, knights, nobles, peasants and innkeepers will march in the streets. In a warm and friendly atmosphere, with entertainment and shows continuous, medieval dance, fire show ... These festivals will immerse you in the heart of the Middle Ages.
  • Music on Sky Festival in July. "Music of Heaven" allows young soloists to deepen the work of a contemporary composer in his presence and to interpret his works in public every night. At the top of the city, concerts will be held the evening at Saint-Michel. Meetings musicians, luthiers and bow will be held at the House Gaugiran.
  • And a few traditional festivals:
  • Responchons Day in April.
  • Day Crunch: in June.
  • Markets Nocturnes in July and August from 18h.
  • Feast of the Good Life: in September.
Detailed information
Grand Falconer’s FestivalOne of the oldest and most beautiful medieval festivals in France
From 13th to 14th July 2014


The vineyards of Gaillac in the forest of Grésigne, around the Cordes-sur-Ciel offer rich places of discovery and moments of emotion and freedom.


Painted gate (© OT Strings / BP)Painted gate (© OT Strings / BP)
View of Sarmazes (© OT Strings / BP)View of Sarmazes (© OT Strings / BP)
Grand Rue de l'Horloge (© OT Strings / BP)Grand Rue de l'Horloge (© OT Strings / BP)
Poppies (© OT Strings / BP)Poppies (© OT Strings / BP)
String GardenString Garden
Garden Paradise (© OT Strings / BP)Garden Paradise (© OT Strings / BP)
Roofs snow (© OT Strings / BP)Roofs snow (© OT Strings / BP)
Street StringsStreet Strings
Beautiful houseBeautiful house
Deep Well 113 mDeep Well 113 m
Enter the MuseumEnter the Museum
Grand Celebrations Fauconnier (© OT Strings)Grand Celebrations Fauconnier (© OT Strings)
Torchlight Tour (© OT Strings / BP)Torchlight Tour (© OT Strings / BP)
Displays medieval festivals Grand FauconnierDisplays medieval festivals Grand Fauconnier



Cordes-sur-Ciel, Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Puycelci and Lisle-sur-Tarn are some of the new towns of the Middle Ages not to be missed
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Wednesday 23 April
Min. 6°C - Max. 18°C
Thursday 24 April
Min. 7°C - Max. 18°C
Friday 25 April
Min. 7°C - Max. 9°C


French cuisine restaurantChâteau de Salettes  
The vineyards of Gaillac, let yourself be surprised by the contemporary renovation of a building dating from the 13th century where everything is made to accommodate you. You can see...
Located 11.4 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel64 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantDôme de Montmiral  
You want to experience exceptional taste in an original, surprising and relaxing? The Dôme de Montmiral is for you! Set amidst the vineyards of Gaillac, this dome is built entirely...
Located 15.6 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel20 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Refuge  
Le Refuge is a winter restaurant is open from Thursday to Sunday for dinner and Sunday lunch. You will be charmed by the rustic decor with wooden furniture and stone walls. The atmosphere...
Located 17.5 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel28 € per person 

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House with 5 bedroomsLogissurciel    
Experience the magic of a Medieval town: Cordes sur Ciel, a Gothic jewel between Heaven and Earth... At its highest point lies Logis sur Ciel: A magnificently restored structure dating...
Located in Cordes-sur-CielFrom 75 € to 95 € the double room 
House with 5 bedroomsLe Cayrols    
In the campaign, three kilometers from the medieval town of Cordes sur Ciel, and 20 minutes from Albi we have restored a farmhouse of the nineteenth century, combining modern spirit...
Located in Cordes-sur-CielFrom 70 € to 75 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLa croix du sud  
Between vineyards and Bastides, a 15th century house entirely renovated with 4 rooms ensuite, spacious and very comfortable and a large swimming pool, with 5ha of land around in the...
Located 14 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel87 € the double room 

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House for 12 persons3 maisons piscine chauffee pers  
Set of 3 stone houses of charm: bread oven, 3 wells, stone walls heated pool... 10 / 5. Ideal for large families, all flexible, except in very high saison. Les 3 houses are fully equipped...
Located 8 km from Cordes-sur-CielFrom 900 € to 3100 € per week 
Apartment for 4 personsVacances à la campagne  
Air-conditioned apartment in ground-garden of a house in the heart of the vineyard Gaillacois. Location well equipped for infants with a cot, changing table, a stroller and highchair....
Located 8.8 km from Cordes-sur-CielFrom 280 € to 320 € per week 
House for 6 personsGitedevaour  
Country house. In a wooded, quiet house, isolated, comfortable, ideal for relaxing. Private pool in a fenced 8000 m ². Locate the circuit Albigensian country houses, you will appreciate...
Located 13.2 km from Cordes-sur-CielFrom 250 € to 800 € per week 

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92 places over 8 haLe Moulin de Julien    
At the foot of the medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, the campsite offers its greenery with 2 swimming pools with water slide, mini golf, playground, fishing, bowling, table tennis,...
Located 1.9 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel20 € per day 
50 places over 2 haCamp redon    
The campsite is located in the beautiful area between the rivers Tarn and Aveyron. In this hilly area forests alternate with fields of rapeseed, corn and sunflowers, or with one of...
Located 5.7 km from Cordes-sur-CielFrom 16 € to 23 € per day 
80 places over 3,8 haCamping les Gorges de l'Aveyron    
Just along the valley is Saint Antonin Noble Val, a former spa town and beautiful medieval village. It is now home to many local artists. During your stay, we will make every effort...
Located 17.4 km from Cordes-sur-CielFrom 11.90 € to 23.90 € per day 

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Logis Hostellerie Du Vieux Cordes - Hotel in Cordes-sur-CielLogis Hostellerie Du Vieux Cordes     
This Logis hotel is located in the medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, 80 killometres north of Toulouse. It offers rooms and suites with en-suite facilities, TV and free Wi-Fi. The Logis...
Located in Cordes-sur-CielRoom from 58 €
Logis Hostellerie du Parc - Hotel in Cordes-sur-CielLogis Hostellerie du Parc     
Set in a valley, surrounded by a 1-hectare park with trees, Hostellerie du Parc is at the foot of the hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel and has a view over the Gaillac vineyards. Guests...
Located in Cordes-sur-CielRoom from 60 €
Logis La Métairie - Hotel in Cordes-sur-CielLogis La Métairie     
Set among a park of cedar trees, La Métairie offers a quiet and peaceful location with views over the village. It features a fitness centre and wellness centre with an indoor pool and...
Located in Cordes-sur-CielRoom from 59 €

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Hôtel Le Miredames
Located in the historical centre of Castres, this hotel provides rooms with free Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel is 1.8 km from Castres Train Station...
Inter-Hôtel Le Cantepau
Easily accessible by the N88 motorway, this Inter-Hotel is located in Albi, next to the River Tarn. It offers en-suite accommodation...
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