South of Albi, you can wander around the Wednesday-morning market in the bastide town of Réalmont .
Lautrec in the south-west is yet another 'beautiful village' to visit (between Albi and Castres) and renowned for its pink garlic and saffron and its mid-August garlic festival.
And a little further south, you come to Castres with its imposing square. The highlight of your visit here is the view from the bridge of the pretty row of multi-coloured houses along the river Agout.
And right by the theatre, the Bishop’s Palace with its stylized gardens which were planned and laid out by the famous landscape gardener, André le Nôtre.
Regional Natural Park of the Haut-Languedoc
The south-eastern part of the Tarn department falls within the Regional Natural Park of the Haut-Languedoc.
And nature lovers are catered for too. In the very heart of the Haut Languedoc Regional Natural Park (south eastern part of the Tarn department) is the Sidobre, the largest granite plateau in Europe.
The rock strewn scenery of the Sidobre region centred around Vialavert, Saint-Salvy-de-la-Balme and the Lac du Merle features a curious landscape of gigantic stones which defy the laws of gravity. With imagination you can see the Devil’s Armchair and the Goose’s Rock. The Sidobre is made for hikers too with interesting woods to explore on one of the marked trails.