Located in the south of France, Albi is a fascinating medieval city. It is just an hour's train drive away from the famous town of Toulouse. Like most of southern France, Albi also has warm summers while the winters are milder than those in most of Europe.
Albi is set around the grand church, the Cathedral Sainte-Cecile. The town has many episcopal buildings, indicating strong religious roots in the city's history. The Cathedral Sainte-Cecile is a huge landmark which can be seen from most areas in the city. It is a large, imposing structure with a simple exterior but an ornate interior. Another architectural wonder is the Palais de la Berbie, which stands 50 metres high. This amazing edifice is now a museum, exhibiting over 1,000 paintings of Toulouse. It's difficult to not fall in love with the old buildings that represent the medieval era. Take a car for hire in Albi and check out the Maison du Viel Alby, an old red brick and timber building which was restored in the 70's.
If you are a lover of music and the arts, then plan a visit during the months of May, June, and July to witness Albi's great cultural tradition. Take a car for rent in Albi and enjoy the main cultural festivals. In the month of May, Albi hosts a Jazz festival. Towards the last week of June or the beginning of July, there is a theatre festival that brings throngs of people to Albi. The conclusion of this festival signals the beginning of a classical music festival which is the top draw of the year.
After taking in all the historic and cultural sights, hire a car in Albi and explore the vineyards of Gaillac. You can also head to Castres to visit the Goya Museum housing a large collection of Spanish paintings. Apart from the historic towns, Albi is also surrounded by some very rustic villages - Puycelsi, Lautrec, Monesties, and Castelnau de Montmiral. These villages are part of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” - an organisation dedicated to creating a network of villages that have historic, scientific, or cultural importance. Truly picturesque and beautiful, these villages are undoubtedly worth a visit.
The majestic city of Albi, with its mighty architecture, rich history, natural beauty, and dense culture will definitely hold you in awe. Come here to experience the magnetism of southern France, and you are sure to visit again and again.
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