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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 2.4 km (4 min)
Chief townAlbi (at 24 km, 24 min)Bournazel at 4.6 km (9 min)
DepartmentTarnLabarthe-Bleys at 4.6 km (11 min)
RegionMidi-PyrénéesSearch another town


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Browse Cordes is to discover a fabulous art history book and embedded in the stone... Great writers such Camus, have even fallen in love !

Voted " favorite French Village 2014," this medieval 13th century fascinates all those who discover it, because it shall first offer a vision : that of a stone boat amount to storm heaven. Secondly, because it is a history book and album art where the memory of the men remained alive, inscribed in stone since it was built in 1222 by the Count of Toulouse.

Its exceptional location, its remarkable architectural heritage make it one of the most significant of France and one of the landmarks of European heritage medieval towns. Today it is ranked among the Great Sites of Midi -Pyrénées !

It is said that the creation of the city was chaired by the stars, and its location was chosen by fate... Its part of life, a rare authenticity, was able to attract and retain artists and artisans who find their inspiration. Sheltered powerful fortified doors, lavish mansions with carved facades magnify Gothic art... Browse the streets, crossing the thresholds, traveling through centuries !

"There has seven hundred thousand years,

Strings, tired of being on the ground

With future monuments,

Gathered momentum in the atmosphere

Reached the end of the trip

From rain or shine

Which are in the firmament

She sat on a cloud

Archangels and Saint Michel

The surrounded wing their

This sensational time

Date Name: Cordes "

Jeanne - Ramel Cals.

One of its culinary specialties such as crisp, subtle blend of sugar, egg whites, flour and almonds, comes from the Middle Ages. It is found in all good pastries cordaises. Located on the AOC Gaillac wine is also a specialty of Cordais Country. Always winemakers were careful to choose the most suitable varieties to climate and land to produce a quality wine keeping all its specificity. Some varieties are typical in Gaillac vineyards : mauzac the ondec and " in the el " (pronounced " lindeloeil " ).


  • 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
In July 2015


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



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Wednesday 28 January
Min. -1°C - Max. 7°C
Thursday 29 January
Min. 5°C - Max. 6°C
Friday 30 January
Min. 2°C - Max. 4°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 80 € to 115 € 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 
House with 5 bedroomsMas de Sudre     NEW
Set in the historice wine growing region 10 minutes from the centre of Gaillac. Large 'maison de maître' offering 5 en suite double B&B rooms, 3 in the main house and 2 in a separate...
Located 15.5 km from Cordes-sur-Ciel80 € the double room 

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Apartment for 20 personsLa Gaudane   NEW
The gaudane, built in the nineteenth century to be a factory of embroidery now houses holiday cottages quite unique. Spacious, designed by decorators, they provide apartments for an...
Located in Cordes-sur-CielFrom 710 € to 1090 € per week 
House for 8 personsLe Levant  
Yvon and Nadine have a nice house in local stone. It has been restored respecting the remarkable features of this old bat. When this place was finished, the aim of the rent as a cottage,...
Located 4.6 km from Cordes-sur-CielFrom 405 € to 1095 € per week 
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 

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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 24 € per day 
80 places over 3,8 haFlowerCamping 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 12.40 € to 27.50 € 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 62 €
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....
Located in Cordes-sur-CielRoom from 61 €
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 49 €

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Hôtel du Vigan
Hostellerie du Vigan is situated in the centre of Albi and offers air-conditioned guest rooms with a flat-screen TV and Canal+ channels. All rooms include...
Gîtes de Thouy - Tarn - Sidobre
5 meublés classés - 5 à 28 personnes - piscine chauffée, court de tennis, visites à proximité.
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