There are lots of things to do in and around Cordes Sur Ciel:


  • You simply MUST walk up to the top of the village, the Haute Ville, to see the cobbled streets and wonderful mediaeval buildings. Lovely views from the top too.


  • Visit a vineyard. Better still, visit several and choose a favourite!


  • Enjoy a nice lunch or evening meal in one of the many restaurants and bars. The owners can recommend a few!


  • Go canoeing on the river at St Antonin - one of the owners' favourite days out in the summer. Great fun and not too expensive!

  • Visit our own local 'beach' on the banks of the large reservoir outside the village of Monesties, 20 minutes to the east of Cordes by car. All properly set up with life-guards and a refreshment buildin with toilets and very clean. Great for a picnic and a very gentle day 'at the beach' with young children. A walk around the reservoir takes about 2 hours, if you are that energetic.

  • Play tennis, go walking, horse-riding, cycling and mountain biking.

  • Enjoy a day in Albi – a lovely cathedral city. A great fountain in the pavement in the main square of Albi, somewhere for the children to run in between the fountain jets and try to avoid getting too wet!, while Mum and Dad enjoy a leisurely drink at a nearby restaurant/bar.


  • See Gaillac and its lovely old abbey and river walk.


  • See one of the local markets:                      
    • Gaillac – Every Friday – large
    • Cordes – Lower village every Saturday – small but fun
    • St Antonin – Every Sunday – sprawling and busy.


  • Chill out by our stunning swimming pool. Great for the children. 




Further afield:


  • Visit Toulouse – well worth a day out. Shopping and the river to walk alongside. About 50 minutes by car or a local train.


  • Spend a day in famous Carcassonne, a famous mediaeval village south east of Toulouse. About 2 hours away by car.


  • Further on from Carcassonne is the lovely long (11km) beach at Sete, near Cap d'Agde, on the mediterranean coast.


  • Walk along the bank of the Canal du Midi at Castelnaudray and enjoy a canalside lunch. Popular.


  • Explore the Pyrenees, not as far away as you might think. About 2.5 hours travelling. See Andorra!


  • There is a watersport and activity centre on the Rodez road, about half an hour away. A bit under-developed and not cheap, but may be worth a look-in for older children.


  • For the truly adventurous, San Sebastian in North Western Spain is about 4.5 hours drive away. The foodie capital of Spain, with more Michelin stars there than in the rest of Spain combined. Enjoy the fabulaous tapas, a real Basque speciality. We have done the trip in a day..... leaving at 6am, returning at midnight, so it can be done.


  • To be honest, you could go to many many places within 4.5 hours drive of Cordes; Barcelona, Geneva, to name but two. You are only limited by your own sense of adventure and preferences.