Visit Cordes-sur-Ciel

To see in Cordes-sur-Ciel

Near Albi, medieval city with an exceptional Gothic heritage, the bastide town of Cordes-sur-Ciel stands proudly on its rocky outcrop.

Cordes sur Ciel is a magnificent village high up; it offers the most beautiful view in the world according to National geographic in 2020. In the morning, this medieval city rises from the clouds, when the day is going to be hot.

Created by the Counts of Toulouse in 1222, this beautiful fortified city has preserved its ancient luster through the presence of its many Gothic houses and cobblestone streets with a charm straight out of medieval times. You will travel through the centuries in its alleys; put on your sneakers because in Cordes-sur-Ciel, it climbs. Everything is old stones and gothic architecture.

Did you know that the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki was inspired by this village for his cartoon "The Castle in the Sky" and that Remi without family was shot in Cordes-sur-Ciel?
Cordes-sur-Ciel has become a city of art, welcoming an ever-increasing number of painters, ceramists, sculptors, jewelers and writers who open their doors to the public to share their passion.

Having preserved its medieval patina, the village is regularly used as a setting for re-enactments, notably during the annual Medieval Festival of the Grand Fauconnier.
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Things to do in Cordes sur Ciel

Stroll along its ramparts; from its central square, all the streets run along the slopes of the hill.
Enjoy a cool break in the Garden of Paradises, located on the Place du Théron, an oasis to be discovered in the heart of the city: mixing medieval-style gardens with contemporary and oriental spaces, it invites you to a walk full of surprises that crosses the ages.

Stroll through its medieval streets with its gothic houses, fortified doors and vaulted passages. Numerous workshops of painters and jewelry designers.
The façade of the Grand Veneur's house, built in the Middle Ages on four floors, classified as a historical monument since March 8, 1923.

Treat yourself to a guided tour of the Saint-Michel Church, which has retained its period stained glass windows.

The Sugar and Chocolate Arts Museum: discover works of art made of sugar and chocolate by the Best Workers of France. Free tasting at the end of the visit.

You can also choose a guided tour in a small train to learn about the history of Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Fly over Cordes-sur-Ciel in a hot air balloon and discover the Gaillac vineyards and Bastides during your stay at camping le Pessac.

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