The 10 must-see places in the Gers

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Wondering what to do in the Gers? What are the best activities to do there? Where to go to see the most beautiful places in the region? Where to find the most exotic natural sites? What are the coolest villages to visit? We take you to discover the 10 must-see places in the Gers.


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1) Sarrant, one of the most beautiful villages in France

Sarrant is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France for its medieval heritage. Its cobbled streets from the Middle Ages are remarkable. The monuments to see in Sarrant are its 14th century town gate, adorned with a medieval tower, and the church of Sarrant. You can climb to the top of the tower to admire the 15th century Foliot Clock. Sarrant hosts, during the summer, an Illustration Festival, which highlights talented local artists and their works.

The good idea Visit of Sarrant, one of the most beautiful villages in France.


Sarrant  Sarrant by Charline Prod'Homme©

2) Montreal-du-Gers

Montréal-du-Gers is a commune, located on the Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, on the border between Gers and Lot-et-Garonne. The village is a former Gallo-Roman oppidum. The only vestige of this period that you can still visit is the Villa Seviac. Subsequently, it was transformed into a Medieval Bastide. You can still admire the surrounding fortifications, the arcaded halls, the medieval streets and half-timbered houses, and many other 13th century monuments. It is also a stage of pilgrimage. The GR654 allows you to make beautiful walks in the surroundings.

The good idea Visit Montréal-du-Gers, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France” on the Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.


Montreal-du-Gers - Photo credit © Vouvraysan | Adobe Stock

Photo credit © Vouvraysan | Adobe Stock

3) Lavardens

Lavardens is near Auch. It is an old Castelnau. That is to say a castral village, located around a fortified castle. In the case of Lavardens, the 12th century castle is no longer visible today, but its ruins have been restored to build a beautiful residence in the 17th century. Finally, it was transformed into an artistic center and now houses temporary exhibitions. The village, meanwhile, has retained some typical streets of this time, carrelots, and a watchtower.

The good idea Visit Lavardens, one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”.


Lavardens  Lavardens

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4) Flaran Abbey

In the town of Valence-sur-Baïse, the Abbey of Flaran is a medieval monument with a turbulent history. Its architecture is a remarkable example of Cistercian art. Witness to the 100 Years War, sold to the Revolution, undergoing multiple transformations over the centuries, it has a long past to tell you about. Since the 2000s, its old stones have served as a setting for an artistic centre. You will see a permanent collection with various works, from a gift from the illustrious collector: Simonow. At its feet, spreads a magnificent garden, on the banks of the Baïse, ideal for relaxation and walking.

The good idea Read our report on Flaran Abbey.


Flaran Abbey  Flaran Abbey

5) Larressingle

Larressingle is an old fortress from the Middle Ages. Its very beautiful fortifications have given it the nickname of “Little Carcassonne of the Gers”. This medieval bastide is one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is also a stage on the Ways of Santiago de Compostela, which has a very interesting religious heritage . During the summer, its "siege camp" offers all kinds of activities, to discover the art of war, while having fun.

The good idea Visit Larressingle, the little Carcassonne in the Gers.


Larressingle  Larressingle

6) The Romieu

La Romieu is a village steeped in “legend”. You will probably see many cats there, living or sculpted, and that's normal. The legend of Angeline and her cats marked the village and it has become a tradition to provide them with food and lodging. The village is on the way to Santiago de Compostela. Do not miss to contemplate its magnificent Collegiate Church, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a starting point for hiking on the GR652. If you are more of a walker than a hiker, you will find what you are looking for in the Jardins de Coursiana.

The good idea Visit La Romieu, a legendary village…


The Romieu  The Romieu

7) Eauze

Eauze is the ancient Gallo-Roman city of Elusa. A sumptuous Gallo-Roman Domus has been unearthed. An interactive visit awaits you. As a preamble, you will watch a 3D film to better understand this period of history, as well as the 10 years of archaeological excavations that have made it possible to unearth these fabulous remains. Then you enter the museum, where a dazzling collection of ancient objects and small treasures will reveal to you the life of the inhabitants of Elusa! To go further in the discovery of this distant past, go to the Villa Séviac, near Montreal-du-Gers.

The good idea Elusa: Ancient Capital, visit a Gallo-Roman Domus!


Eauze  Elusa

8) The Bassoues dungeon on the castle route

The village of Bassoues is a place steeped in history. If Pope Innocent VI had this imposing keep built, it was to protect his Basilica. The two monuments of the 14th century, of Gothic architecture , really deserve to linger in this charming medieval village. In the keep of Bassoues, you will discover beautiful rooms, preserved as originally. A staircase of nearly 200 steps leads you to the top of the tower. From its height of 43 meters, the 360° panorama of the surrounding region is breathtaking!

The good idea The Dungeon of Bassoues


The Bassoues dungeon - Photo credit OT de Mirande Astarac  The Bassoues dungeon - Photo credit OT de Mirande Astarac

Photos credit @ Mirande Astarac Tourist Office

9) Lake Uby

Located between the towns of Cazaubon and Barbotan-les-Thermes, Lac de l'Uby benefits from a preserved environment in the middle of the forest. In winter, you will enjoy beautiful hikes on its forest paths. During the summer, it comes alive and adorns itself with an aquatic leisure center. You can practice water sports here. Swimming and fishing are also permitted here. An equestrian center offers horseback riding in the forest.

The good idea The lake of Uby


Luby Lake - Photo Credit © Marta P | Adobe Stock

Photo Credit © Marta P | Adobe Stock

10) The ponds of Armagnac

In the heart of a preserved natural area, the 5 ponds of Armagnac form a wetland, with specific fauna and flora. It is a favorite site for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Indeed, you will see many birds there, attracted by the richness of this ecosystem. It is also a famous fishing spot.

The good idea The ponds of Armagnac


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This selection of unmissable sites in the Gers is obviously not exhaustive and you will make great discoveries on site. But we leave you a few surprises for your next vacation in the Gers.


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