Le Gers- Gascony
Christian Millau, journalist,writer and co-founder of the famous gastronomy-guide ‘Gault et Millau’ wrote a book entitled ‘God, is he Gascon?’
This can’t be a coincidence because ‘living as God in France’ is certainly true in this authentic region!
Vineyards, not only prodducing red, white and rosé wines but also ‘FLOC de GASCOGNE’, ‘ARMAGNAC’, ‘POUSSE RAPIERE’.
Golden grain fields, the bright yellow of the canola, the warm yellow of the sunflowers, each in its own season.
The Good Life
During the summer the markets are flooded with melons (Melons de Lectoure), peaches, plums (Pruneaux d’Agen), apricots, cherries, wild strawberries, figs, many different sorts of tomatoes and much more.
This region has everything a gourmet and epicurean could wish for; delicacies of duck and goose (foie gras, confits, rillettes) and not to forget, the ‘Poulet du Gers’.
While visting the region you will automatically discover the small and peacefull villages where the old stones tell you about a rich past and where you experience the real ‘Douce France’.
LAVARDENS (17th Century castle), VALENCE sur BAISE (Flaran Abbey), BIRAN ( Notre Dame de Pitié 17th Century), BASSOUES (donjon 14th Century, covered marketplace 16th Century), MONTREAL (Gallo-Roman villa de Séviac). LA ROMIEU (Collégiale St. Pierre 14th Century), MONTESQUIOU, FOURCES, EAUZE, LARRESSINGLE, and so on.
AUCH (St. Mary Cathedral and monumental staircase), LECTOURE (Bleu de Lectoure), CONDOM
You will certainly encounter the most famous Gascon of all, Charles de Batz de Castelmore, better known as d’ARTAGAN.
To See, To Do
There are also many routes for walking and cycling mapped www.randonnee.tourisme-gers.com.
As well as lots of festivals and events such as: Tempo Latino in Vic Fezensac, the Jazz festival in Marciac, Eclats de Voix in Auch, Nuits Musicales in Condom.
Castéra-Verduzan has an extensive wellness center offering a large variety of programs.
And what is more fun then to go treasure-hunting on the many flea- and brocante markets!
So plenty of opportunities for a richly varied holidaying. Your hostess will be happy to give some tips or advise and if you wish assist you in organizing your stay. There is also the Tourist Office where you will find plenty of documentation.
Even if you are passing to a further destination such as Spain, Barcelona or Compostella, a stay at LA DOUBLE PORTE is an ideal opportunity to take a break.
The links above are only some examples of the information available