Stop in Villefranche-de-Lauragais, a few kilometers from Toulouse. You will see few vestiges of the past there but the history is really rich and fascinating.

Villefranche-de Lauragais is located on the road to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle (Voie d'Arles) and near the Canal du Midi.
This bastide was founded in the 1800th century, in the middle of the forest of Saint-Rome, which was completely cleared around XNUMX.
Its geographical location was strategic: it was located on the route of the Via Aquitania, the Roman road connecting the Mediterranean Sea to Toulouse built in the XNUMXst century AD.

It was Alphonse de Poitiers, Count of Toulouse and the Lord of Gardouch who were at the origin of the founding of the village in 1252.
Many privileges ratified by Philippe le Bel in 1280 favored its development.

At the start of the Hundred Years War, in 1355, the bastide was set on fire; this is why there is no vestige of its ramparts today. The Ruelle des Prêtres has kept its covered passages, typical of the Middle Ages, and a few half-timbered or turreted houses still remain.

You can also admire the central hall with its high arcades which testifies to Villefranche's important commercial past. In the 7th century, there were up to XNUMX annual fairs for cattle, poultry, sheep, pigs ...
These fairs all stopped after World War II, but there is still a very large market on Friday mornings.

Finally, do not miss to enter the beautiful church of southern Gothic style in red bricks: built in the XNUMXth century, it has an imposing bell-tower with two Toulouse-type towers. Also admire the pretty mermaid carved in wood on the entrance gate.

Guided tour for groups, on request, all year round.

Equipments and Services

Equipments

  • Cash
  • Restaurant
  • Tea Room

Services

  • Bookcase
  • Playground

To discover nearby

PENICHE SURCOUF

BARGE SURCOUF

ZONE EVASION

ESCAPE ZONE

LES GRANGES DE FLOLIE – GITE EVA

LES GRANGES DE FLOLIE - GITE EVA

CENTRE HISTORIQUE DE LOUBENS-LAURAGAIS

LOUBENS-LAURAGAIS HISTORICAL CENTER

NATURALIANCE

NATURALIANCE

PENICHE HARICOT NOIR

BLACK BEAN PENICHE

CENTRE HISTORIQUE DE MONTESQUIEU-LAURAGAIS

HISTORICAL CENTER OF MONTESQUIEU-LAURAGAIS

O’CONNOR

O'CONNOR

MARCHÉ DE PRODUCTEURS A AVIGNONET-LAURAGAIS

PRODUCERS MARKET IN AVIGNONET-LAURAGAIS

LA TERRASSE

THE TERRACE

L’EFFETS MERS

THE SEA EFFECTS

BANGKOK STATION

BANGKOK STATION

LA CAMARETOISE

THE CAMARETOISE

MCDONALD’S

MCDONALD'S

AU GRAND REGAL

AT THE GRAND REGAL

L’OASIS DU LAURAGAIS

OASIS OF LAURAGAIS

IL VILLAGIO

THE VILLAGIO

DOMAINE DE GARABAUD

FIELD Garabaud

LAC DE BOURG SAINT BERNARD

LAKE OF BOURG SAINT BERNARD

POT’&CO

POT '& CO

CARS & PATELINS

CARS & PATELINS

LAC DE VALLEGUE

LAKE VALLEGUE

LAC DU VAL DE SAUNE

LAKE OF VAL DE SAUNE

PATRIMOINE CULTURE ET TERRITOIRES

HERITAGE CULTURE AND TERRITORIES

AQUAPARC LAURAGAIS

AQUAPARC LAURAGAIS

HINDI’ANNE MASSAGES

HINDI'ANNE MASSAGES

REFLET D’IRIS

IRIS REFLECTION