A short stay in Montauban is all you need to take in the main sights of this charming red-brick city, which was built to resemble the classic fortified towns found in the south-west of France. Explore rows upon rows of private mansions in the lanes of the old town, and fall in love with its authentic atmosphere. The Musée Ingres-Bourdelle is also worth a visit, to see a wonderful collection of artwork by local painters Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres and Antoine Bourdelle exhibited in a building that once served as the residence of the bishops of Montauban. After resting up at the Montauban Première Classe hotel, take a stroll through the different neighborhoods of the city to soak up the atmosphere, and wander along the Canal de Montech.
Staying in Montauban for a whole week? Make the most of it by exploring the wealth of treasures in this typical south-western French city, which is jam-packed with art and heritage. Take your time in the stunning Place Nationale, a must-see meeting place, as well as on the Pont Vieux, one of the city’s oldest landmarks. Less than 20 miles from your Première Classe hotel are some of the most beautiful villages in all of Tarn-et-Garonne, such as Bruniquel, Puycelsi and Penne, with the remains of Penne castle towering overhead. Should you get the urge to go further afield, there are plenty of interesting towns and cities nearby: Toulouse, of course, not to mention Albi and Cahors.
With its mild climate, stunning architecture and outdoors attractions, Montauban is the perfect place for a family vacation. After breakfast at the Première Classe hotel, visit the Victor Brun Natural History Museum to see a remarkable collection of stuffed birds from around the world. If you’d rather get outdoors, Tarn-et-Garonne is packed with spots that are perfect for walking and exploring during your family stay: the banks of the Tarn and the Garonne for one, as well as learning farms and pony clubs. Another option is to take your kids back in time to the Middle Ages at the Au Castel des Chevaliers medieval park.