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A fascinating town on the left bank of the Garonne

Castelsarrasin, set amidst the massive fertile plains of the Tarn-et-Garonne department of south-west France, is an historic and fascinating town. Lying on the left bank of the Lateral Canal de la Garonne, Castelsarrasin is a lively place in the long summer months, when the holiday barges moor up there and the town forms a starting and finishing point for cruises.

An historic town

Then town has its origins way back in 961, when it was first documented as a community, and throughout history it has come to prominence on several occasions. Notably, it played an important role in the crusades against the Albigensians and again in the Hundred Years War.

Fabulous Baroque furniture and floral displays

The Church of Saint-Saveur in Castelsarrasin is well worth a visit. In the church you can see some fabulous and beautiful Baroque furniture, which imparts a real sense of the history of the place. Castelsarrasin also has some of the original fortification in existence and there are some lovely old houses happily co-existing with the modern administrative buildings. Simply following the walking routes round the town is also a delight, as Castelsarrasin is noted for its lovely floral displays in spring and summer.

What to do in Castelsarrasin

If you are looking for ways to occupy yourself in Castelsarrasin you could find you are spoiled for choice, as the town has much to offer. The shopping and dining is excellent, with a fine choice of shops and restaurants, ranging from everyday to exceptional.

Out and about near Castelsarrasin

The River Garonne affords the opportunity to take a short cruise, taking in the historic and beautiful towns and landscapes along the way. Many other activities and sports are found in the surrounding area too, such as cycling, horse-riding, tennis and the ever popular golf. There are also some interesting towns to visit, including Moissac with its beautiful abbey, Beaumont de Lomagne for the garlic markets and St Nicolas de Grave for watersports.

How to get there

Reaching Castelsarrasin from the UK is really easy, thanks to the town's proximity to Toulouse. Toulouse has both a TGV station and an international airport offering flights to and from the UK with a variety of airlines, including British Airways, easyJet, flybe, bmibaby and bmi.

Property prices and availability in and around Castelsarrasin

The price of property in the Tarn-et-Garonne has increased significantly in recent years, but it is still possible to find a bargain if you look carefully. Prices in Castelsarrasin are lower than those in Toulouse and its satellites.

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Castelsarrasin AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Castelsarrasin?

The town of Castelsarrasin is found in south-west France, in the west of the Tarn-et-Garonne department.

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Population: 11,353

Access: By air: Fly into Toulouse airport with easyJet, British Airways, bmi, bmibaby, or flybe. By rail: The TGV fast train will take you to Toulouse.

Economy: The economy revolves around some diverse industries and trades with the following being important: metal working, flour milling, dyeing, cattle trading, wine production and basket weaving.

Interesting fact: The famous French singer, Pierre Perret hails from Castelsarrasin.


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