Things to do when camping in Tarn
With a varying landscape in the rural confines of the department and a slew of pretty villages and towns with a wealth of history, heritage and culture, there’s so much to do while camping in Tarn An ideal destination for days filled with adventure and discovery or countless hours of peace, quiet and relaxing, Tarn caters to all types of outdoor holidays.
For those that cherish exploring the countryside, we’d recommend a day or two spent unearthing the natural wonders of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park. An area of outstanding beauty decorated with valleys, vineyards, foothills, lakes, rivers and pastureland, the park is best explored on foot or by bicycle.
With huge boulders that teeter perfectly on smaller rocks, the Sidobre massif is a mystifying area of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park that fascinates visitors. The Peyro Clabado is one such gravity defying rock formation that makes visitors scratch their heads in disbelief. The Resse Blockfield, Roc de l’Oie and Lake Merle are also popular places to experience while wandering through the park.
At the base of the Black Mountain, campers can explore lovely landscapes marked by enchanting woodland made up of densely packed pine trees and a sprawl of green countryside featuring vineyards and olive groves. At the top of the peak, climbers will benefit from striking panoramic vistas of the Pyrenees Mountains, the plains of Toulouse and the Mediterranean Sea.
Beautiful places aren’t exclusive to the countryside of Tarn, as many pretty villages, towns and hamlets stake their claim as the most picturesque places to visit in the department. One such place is Albi, a stunning red brick town with UNESCO World Heritage Status and a slew of tourist attractions including the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Sainte-Cecile Cathedral of Albi, Vieux pont d'Albi Bridge, Berbie Palace and , La Maison du Vieil Alby.
The Halles de Cordes-sur-Ciel, Sugar Arts Museum and Chocolate, Paradis Garden and the Charles Portal Museum are among the most notable places of interest in Cordes-sur-Ciel, a pretty town with gothic architecture and curious cobbled streets.
Cultural highlights of the department can be found in the town of Castres, which features the famous Goya Museum. Other worthwhile places to visit to delve deep into the history of the region include Monestiés, Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Penne and Puycelsi, while the botanical beauty of Gardens of Martels in Giroussens is an excellent place for horticultural enthusiasts.