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Modern and vibrant city

The south-western city of Montauban is modern and vibrant, with a thriving economic life. The department in which it lies is largely rural, with beautiful colourful landscapes all around. With easy access to Toulouse, it is no wonder that Montauban is a popular tourist destination.

Toulouse's little sister

Montauban is often referred to as the little sister of France's third city, Toulouse. Montauban has a similar appearance to its larger neighbour, as it is built of the same pink brick that gives Toulouse its soubriquet of La Ville Rose. It would be a mistake, however, to dismiss Montauban as having little to distinguish it.

Full of history

The city is brimful of history, having played a significant role in the Albigensian crusades and later struggles, and this history is evident even today. If you look up at the façade of the Saint Jacques Church you can see the marks made in the brick by the cannon fire from the guns of Louis XIII's army.

A shopping experience par excellence

Montauban provides a really wonderful shopping experience, as not only does it offer a really wide selection of shops of all shapes and sizes, but also it sites these in a beautiful and historic setting. The double arcaded main square, the Place Nationale, which was constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries, is stunning in its elegance, and gives a strong sense of identity to the town.

Montauban's sights

Just a short distance away lies the lovely Cathedral de Notre Dame, its pure white stonework contrasting vividly with the pink brick of the rest of the city. Meanwhile the River Tarn, which is such an integral part of the city, is also notable for the old bridge, the Pont Vieux, which spans it. From here you can gaze onto the left bank, to the section of the town where the wealthy merchants once had their residences, and indeed, it is a vantage point for a panoramic view of the entire city.

21st century life in Montauban

Life in the 21st century in Montauban manages to thrive and keep pace with the rest of the world without losing the unique quality and character that endear it to its residents and tourists. The city retains its elegance and interest, yet provides everything that is needed for a thoroughly modern lifestyle.

Dining in Montauban

The restaurants of Montauban are every bit as good as you would expect from this great gastronomic region of France, and it is an essential requirement of a visit to the town that you take in one or two of the best. Expect to finds lots of duck and goose products on the menu, along with delicious desserts made from cherries, nuts, prunes and honey. If you don't feel up to an entire meal, try some of the delightful cafés situated around the Place Nationale for a little light refreshment, and watch life go by in that inimitable southern French fashion.

Sports and leisure

Montauban has all the usual sports and leisure facilities on offer, and in or near to the city you can play tennis or golf, swim, fish, ride a horse or a bicycle, walk and even try parachuting. Montauban also hosts several festivals during the summer months, and these are an exceptionally enjoyable way of experiencing a little local colour!

Art galleries and museums

Culture vultures will find themselves very well served in Montauban, as the town has numerous excellent art galleries and museums, notably the Musée de Ingres, which has remarkable collection of drawings and paintings by the artist, who was born in the town.

How to get there

Montauban is close to Toulouse, so flying is simple. Toulouse airport is served by BA, easyJet, bmi, bmibaby and flybe, and all of these offer direct flights from the UK. Rail travel is also recommended, as once again Toulouse can offer a convenient arrival point with its TGV station.

Property prices and availability in and around Montauban
Montauban lies in the department of the Tarn-et-Garonne, which has recently experienced considerable rises in property prices, due to a vastly increased interest in the area. The town does, however, still compare favourably with other towns in the south of the country, and it is still possible to snap up a bargain if you have a good eye!

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Montauban AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Montauban?

Montauban is situated in the south-west of France, in the south-east of the Tarn-et-Garonne department, quite close to this department's borders with Tarn and Haute-Garonne.

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Population: 51,855

Access: By air: Fly to Toulouse direct from the UK. By Rail: Take a TGV to Toulouse, then a train to Montauban.

Economy: Agriculture is the essence of the economy, with horses, game and poultry of particular significance. There is also some industry, namely, textiles, flour milling, market gardening, saw mills, furniture manufacture and millinery.

Interesting fact: The well known painter Ingres was born in Montauban in 1780, and the Musée d'Ingres is well worth a visit, with many paintings and drawings bequeathed to the town by the artist.


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