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.

Services

Equipments

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Tea Room

Services

  • Library
  • Playground

To discover nearby

MOULIN D’EN TOURET

MOULIN D'EN TOURET

LA FERME DU MERCIER

THE FERME DU MERCIER

CHAPELLE DE NOUMERENS

CHAPEL OF NOUMERENS

LA BASTIDE DE CALMONT

THE BASTIDE OF CALMONT

DOMAINE EN CASTANET

DOMAIN IN CASTANET

LE CLOS RILDA EN BOUNET

THE CLOS RILDA IN BOUNET

LE GRAND ESQUILAT

THE GRAND ESQUILATE

O’CONNOR

O'CONNOR

BALANQUIER

BALANQUIER

LES JARDINS D’ENZO

THE GARDENS OF ENZO

LA FERME DE CHAMPREUX

THE FARM OF CHAMPREUX

LA CUISINE DE DANY

DANY'S KITCHEN

L’ENVIE DES METS

THE DESIRE FOR MEALS

PIZZA DEL PAIS

PIZZA DEL PAIS

BANGKOK STATION

BANGKOK STATION

BRASSERIE LE CLUB 15

BREWERY LE CLUB 15

ENTRE XIII ET 15

BETWEEN XIII AND 15

A FLEUR DE PATES

FLOWER OF PASTA

PISCINE MUNICIPALE VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS

VILLEFRANCHE-DE-LAURAGAIS MUNICIPAL POOL

PRO ESTHETIC

PRO AESTHETIC

TUINAMA

TUINAMA

PARCOURS D’ORIENTATION

ORIENTATION COURSE

NICOLS

NICOLAS

CANAL DU MIDI

MIDI CANAL

PENICHE HARICOT NOIR

BLACK BEAN PENICHE

DRAGONBOAT AVIRON

DRAGONBOAT ROW

PENICHE SURCOUF

BARGE SURCOUF