Condom can be justifiably proud of its rich history and architectural heritage. Capital of Ténarèze, one of the five ‘pays’of the Gers, Condom and its surroundings are ideal for a holiday with family or friends, a combination of relaxing, moving around and sight-seeing.
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Condom and its fine Gascon houses at the heart of a ‘Grand Site Occitanie’
Let’s start by relaxing. The beautiful Gascon houses and their fine, tranquil gardens are wonderful places to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees across valleys shaped by environmentally-friendly farming. Next, keep moving along the cycle path and traffic-free greenway beside the River Baïse for walks and bike rides in safe surroundings. As for sight-seeing, Condom is at the heart of the Grand Site Occitanie which regroups emblematic buildings like the fortified village of Larressingle.
The majestic cathedral of Saint-Pierre, an imposing, Flamboyant-Gothic work, dominates the town. Adjoining the cathedral, a cloister leads to the bishop’s private chapel and palace. This episcopal ensemble is completed by mansions dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, the economic heyday of Condom.
In and around Condom
The commercial port built in the 18th century on the River Baïse, nicknamed the River of Silver at the time, opened up the town to transport and trade, particularly of Armagnac brandy. The river is still navigable today and its marina is an ideal starting point to discover the Gers from the water by canoe or pleasure boat.
A network of footpaths including the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela and the voie verte de l’Armagnac (traffic-free greenway) offer a wide range of activities. And to view the area from a different angle, take a trip in a hot-air balloon, an unusual and thrilling experience !
Go out and meet producers who are part of the Bienvenue à la Ferme network to discover their expertise in wine-growing, animal farming etc. They are always happy to show visitors around and let them taste their wares. So now you have all the ingredients for an ideal holiday : encounters, emotion, relaxation and sport.
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