On a clear day, on the southern horizon behind the line of hills you can see the Pyrenees. At the bottom of the steps stands a bronze statue of the most famous Gascon, Charles de Batz, better known as d’Artagnan, Captain of the King’s Musketeers, born at Château de Castelmore in Lupiac, a village about 40km from Auch. Other attractions in Auch include the Musée des Jacobins, a museum full of ancient treasures, the Musée Memento which showcases contemporary art works, the Musée des Trésors de la Cathédrale at the foot of the Tour d’Armagnac, the Italian theatre and Salle des Illustres in the Mairie (town hall), the famous ‘pousterles’ - five steep medieval streets and steps which are one of the curiosities of Auch.
Two weekly markets take place in Auch, on Thursday morning in the Lower Town and Saturday morning in the Upper Town. Both provide a wonderful opportunity to discover local produce. You can go horse riding at one of the riding centres near Auch, play golf, go walking in the woods or fly over the town in a glider from Auch-Lamothe airport. Auch is also a stopover on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela (GR653 from Arles to Santiago de Compostela).
Top tip from Clémentine from Gîtes de France, Gers
« What I love most about Auch is the way the cathedral attracts your gaze. Whichever way you come into the town, you can see it standing majestically in the Upper Town. It’s an absolute must to visit.»
Auch can be reached by car via the N124 from east or west and the N21 from north or south. It is 78km from Toulouse (about 1 hour drive), 70km Agen (about 1¼ hour drive), 72km from Tarbes (about 1¼ hour drive) and 80km from Aire sur l’Adour. It is on the railway line Auch-Toulouse. The nearest airports are Toulouse-Blagnac (1 hour drive) and Tarbes-Lourdes (1½ hours).
SatNav : Cathedral AUCH : 43.646433 0.585159
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