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

  • Cash
  • Restaurant
  • Tea Room

Services

  • Bookcase
  • Playground

To discover nearby

MÉRIGOU

MERIGOU

POT’&CO

POT '& CO

LE GRENIER BIO D’EMBERBAIL

THE ORGANIC ATTIC OF EMBERBAIL

BITTERSWEET

BITTERSWEET

LA CHEVECHE

THE CHEVECHE

ZONE EVASION

ESCAPE ZONE

CENTRE HISTORIQUE D’AVIGNONET LAURAGAIS

HISTORICAL CENTER OF AVIGNONET LAURAGAIS

DOMAINE DE MONTGAY

FIELD OF MONTGAY

LA PETITE MAISON

THE LITTLE HOUSE

PIZZERIA LA CASA DA SYLVANA

PIZZERIA LA CASA DA SYLVANA

LE GARAGE DE STEPHANETTE

STEPHANETTE'S GARAGE

A L’HEUR’ASIENNE

ON TIME

RESTAURANT L’ESTANQUET

L'ESTANQUET RESTAURANT

ENTRE XIII ET 15

BETWEEN XIII AND 15

BANGKOK STATION

BANGKOK STATION

LA GUINGUETTE DU CAMPING LE MERCIER

THE GUINGUETTE AT CAMPING LE MERCIER

PARENTHESE CAFÉ

PARENTHESE COFFEE

LA SOURCE

SOURCE

REFLET D’IRIS

IRIS REFLECTION

CARS & PATELINS

CARS & PATELINS

LAC DE SAINTE MARIE

LAKE OF SAINTE MARIE

AQUAPARC LAURAGAIS

AQUAPARC LAURAGAIS

L’INSTITUT DE STEPHANIE

STEPHANIE INSTITUTE

PERRINE SYVESTRE

PERRINE SYVESTRE

LAC DE VALLEGUE

LAKE VALLEGUE

DRAGONBOAT AVIRON

DRAGONBOAT ROW

LES MASSAGES DE TIPHAINE

TIPHAINE MASSAGES