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Bastide town with a musical heart

The town of Marciac in south-west France is a small and pretty bastide town. Attractive and charming as it is, it would be unremarkable except for the yearly jazz festival which puts it firmly on the global map! Marciac hosts one of the very best festivals of modern jazz found on the world music scene, and attracts some of the top musicians to play in this little French town. Music is so important to the life of Marciac that jazz is even taught as a regular subject in the town's schools... so local fresh talent is nurtured and given a platform every August.

Well planned town

The town of Marciac, being a bastide town, is laid out in that distinctive fashion which is instantly recognisable. Designed around a central market square, Marciac's Mairie and shops and restaurants surround the central section, canopied and arched above the wide pavements. This forms a wonderful market area, and attending the weekly market is a very enjoyable experience. Packed as it is with colourful sights and delicious aromas! Marciac lies on the pilgrim trail of St Jacques de Compostella, and there is a sense of history relived as pilgrims still pass through the town today.

Shops and restaurants

As Marciac is a typical Gers town, you can rest assured that the food will be excellent and widely available. This will be in both the shops which delight in selling local specialities, and in the restaurants and cafés of the town and the surrounding villages. Dine well... there is a long gastronomic tradition in this area, and the local people are extremely proud of their cuisine.

Out and about

The countryside of the Gers is truly beautiful, with rolling hills and fields, sunflowers, blonde cattle grazing on rich green grass and pretty villages with sun-baked red roofs lying sleepily under cobalt blue skies. With all these natural riches you might not want to do anything at all other than lie back and appreciate, but should you wish to find some sporting activities there are plenty around. Horse-riding and cycling are superbly suited to the countryside, as is walking, and the lakes and rivers allow for good fishing and swimming too. Golfers can find their tees and greens situated in lovely surroundings, and if you feel the need for a little pampering after all the activity, you could book yourself a relaxing thermal spring treatment in the natural hot springs which are found locally.

How to get there

If you wish to fly to the region you can choose to take a Ryanair flight to Pau, Biarritz or Rodez, or perhaps you would prefer to fly to Toulouse with a far wider choice of airline, including British Airways, bmi, flybe and easyJet. The ferry to Santander/Bilbao is another option (if you don't mind the potentially rough crossing of the Bay of Biscay!), or the TGV will take you to Bayonne, Biarritz or Toulouse.

Property prices and availability in and around Marciac

Property in the Gers remains very reasonable, especially when compared with many other parts of the south of France, and there are some very lovely rural properties on the market.

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WHERE IS Marciac?

Marciac is found in south-west France. It lies in the south-west of the Gers department, close to the Gers's border with the Hautes-Pyrénées.

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Population: 1,169

Access: By air: Fly to Pau, Biarritz or Toulouse, with a variety of airlines. By rail: The TGV runs to Biarritz, Toulouse and Bayonne with plenty of links to local services. By boat: The Bilbao/Santander ferry is another possibility for travelling to the town.

Economy: The economy is primarily rural and agricultural. There is, however, a massive and famous jazz festival held every year which boosts the economy significantly.

Interesting fact: Marciac could be the ideal place to live if you are hoping for a long life... it has one of the best longevity records in Europe!


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