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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn

Lacaze - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Tarn

Lacaze is a commune in the Tarn, Occitanie region, on the borders of Aveyron, 40 km north-east from Castres.

The territory of the locality covers part of the Monts de Lacaune, belonging to the south of the Massif Central, on the edge of the Sidobre natural region, a granite peak covered with forest.

Crossed by Gijou and its meanders, the town is composed of a village and many hamlets, between 400 and 800 m altitude, and paid a heavy price to the rural exodus. Lacaze is now only about 300 inhabitants against 2500 in the middle of the 19th century.

Its Renaissance-style castle, renovated, is the jewel of the town, which was a prosperous lordship.

The rich historical heritage and preserved natural environment of the town, labeled "Small City of Character", as well as its cultural dynamism make it a preferred destination for lovers of green tourism.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.7372860 (N 43° 44’ 14”)
Longitude2.5202740 (E 2° 31’ 13”)
AltitudeFrom 392m to 805m
Surface area46.16 km²
Population295 inhabitants
Density6 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAlbi (52 km, 51 min)
Insee code81125
IntercommunalityCC Sidobre Vals et Plateaux

Nearest cities & towns

Viane7.2 km (25 min)
Gijounet11.4 km (15 min)
Senaux14.1 km (19 min)
Saint-Pierre-de-Trivisy14.9 km (20 min)
Vabre15 km (22 min)
Laval-Roquecezière15.3 km (22 min)
Escroux15.4 km (23 min)
Berlats16 km (21 min)
Espérausses16.7 km (22 min)
Le Masnau-Massuguiès18.9 km (34 min)
Saint-Salvi-de-Carcavès18.9 km (28 min)
Rayssac19.7 km (25 min)
Montredon-Labessonnié20 km (27 min)
Arifat20 km (31 min)
Lacaune21 km (26 min)

Things to see and do

Classified as early as 1927, as well as the fountain that adjoins it, the castle of Lacaze is the heritage jewel of the town nestled in a loop of Gijou. It is mentioned from the beginning of the 15th century but it is in 1598 that the history of the building takes a new turn with the marriage of Henry II of Bourbon, marquess of Malause and godson of King Henry IV, with the heiress of the place. The castle, built on cellars carved in the rock, is then reworked and embellished in a Renaissance style. The same Malause family occupied it until the middle of the 18th century, but during the Revolution, the castle was partly demolished and then burned down in the 19th century. Acquired by the municipality, the castle is restored for ten years. Open to the public, it now houses a Center for Exchanges and Artistic Creation and welcomes in good weather exhibitions, shows and concerts. Open all year except Monday off season. Entry: 1 and 2 euros. Information on +33 5 63 73 06 14.

In the village again, a discovery of the heritage can include the church Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, of the nineteenth century.

Direction then the hamlet of Saint-Jean-del-Fresch whose chapel was mentioned from the tenth century and was originally a watchtower. Its massive appearance, the presence of a round tower with a square building as a base are amazing. Most of the architecture dates from the 13th century with sixteenth century alterations and can be described as rural Gothic style. Note that the building was a time dedicated to Reformed worship (sixteenth and seventeenth).

At the hamlet of Camalières, the church dates from the early nineteenth century. In addition to its unusual bell tower, since 1954 it has been home to frescoes by Nicolai Greschny (1912-1985), an artist of Estonian origin who specializes in the sacred art of Byzantine influence.

On the environmental front, the hilly and wooded countryside, the meanders of Gijou and the tributaries are all natural beauties appreciated by hikers. One of the most remarkable sites is the waterfall of Saut de la Truite, in the Dadou valley, on the hamlet of Saint-Michel de Léon.

From the picturesque village that developed at the foot of the castle to the many hamlets of the municipality whose territory is vast of 46 km², between historic sites and green landscapes, multiple hiking trails are available. Documentation and information on +33 5 63 77 32 10 or +33 5 63 74 63 38.

For equestrian excursions or carriage rides, Nordic walking or mountain biking and even initiation to archery, contact the Case Nature association at +33 5 63 37 50 17.

As for fishermen, the course of Gijou and its tributaries, rich in trout in particular, will delight them. Information from the local association at +33 5 63 50 43 04 or +33 5 63 50 45 19.

Places of interest

Natural sites

Events and festivities


The Bourbon-Malause castle, in the heart of the village
The Bourbon-Malause castle, in the heart of the village
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The waterfall of the Trout leap
The waterfall of the Trout leap
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The village: sunrise over Gijou
The village: sunrise over Gijou
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One of the most beautiful villages in the Monts de Lacaune
One of the most beautiful villages in the Monts de Lacaune
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One of the oldest chapels of the Tarn: Saint Jean del Frech
One of the oldest chapels of the Tarn: Saint Jean del Frech
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Tuesday 9 august
Min. 18°C - Max. 34°C
Wednesday 10 august
Min. 19°C - Max. 34°C
Thursday 11 august
Min. 20°C - Max. 32°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Canyoning in Montagne Noire
Sports sensations35 € to 60 € Mazamet (30 km)
Relaxation at Les Étangs leisure centre
EntertainmentFreeSaïx (35 km)
Barge trip in Albi and on the Tarn
Entertainment7 € to 25 € Albi (37 km)
A la carte health / sport / wellness coaching
Well-being50 € Vieussan (43 km)
Visit the Roquefort cheese ripening caves
Local flavoursFreeRoquefort-sur-Soulzon (46 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
From lacanal to rouvieres long version
HikeIntermediate2h20Nages (23 km)
From lacanal to rouvieres short version
HikeIntermediate1h20Nages (23 km)
Les Tourelles
HikeIntermediate4h00Murat-sur-Vèbre (27 km)
Haut-Languedoc - Passa Païs Greenway
Cycling itineraryEasy6h00Mazamet (30 km)
Historical route
HikeEasy20 minLabruguière (30 km)


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