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Albi is a town in the south of France on the River Tarn and part of the Tarn prefecture. Since the Late Middle Ages the town has served as the seat of the Archbishop of Albi, and the Cathedral in the center of town is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010. Although the area had been settled since the Bronze Age, Albi did not truly develop until Roman occupation, and would see further growth in the 11th century with the addition of the Old Bridge. Albi has plenty to offer, whether you have come for the historic sights or to experience some authentic French culture. Finding your ideal hotel in Albi can be a difficult task, but with the help of Hotels.com you can book the hotel best suited to your needs with the aid of user submitted hotel reviews, hotel room and facilities photo galleries, and our handy interactive map.
What's Albi Like?
There are so many historic sights to enjoy in Albi, and one of the most iconic and impressive is the gargantuan 13th century Cathedrale Ste-Cecile (Albi Cathedral), which holds claim to being one of the largest brick buildings in the world. Just a stones throw from the Cathedral is the Cloister of the Collegiate Saint Salvy, a peaceful little place to relax and recharge in view of its historic lush gardens. For a scenic walk through the town, Park Rochegude is the ideal place as it is often goes undiscovered by other tourists, even though its just a short walk from the town center. There are also plenty of multilingual guided tours on offer throughout the area.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Albi
Albi enjoys an oceanic climate, and although the summer months can often see temperatures rise as high as 28°C, pleasant winds help keep actual temperatures relatively cool. Although the town has plenty of attractions to appeal to many, it is often overlooked in favor of nearby destinations such as Marseille and Toulouse. English is taught from an early age in much of France, but its always polite to engage in conversation with a simple "Parlez-vous anglais?" (Do you speak English?). If you feel like leaving Albi for a day or two, the Gare d'Albi-Ville railway station offers direct links to Toulouse, Orléans, and Paris. There is no better time to indulge in a little local cuisine as when in such as cultural town. A local favorite, Janots (a kind of hard biscuit), it eaten locally by dipping it in Gaillac, the local wine.