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Castres occupies a scenic waterfront setting by the banks of the river Agout. Although it lacks a distinct historic center, Castres has a number of notable attractions. The riverside row of old weavers' and tanners' houses looming above the river offers the best photo opportunity in Castres, while the museum devoted to the Spanish artist Goya is a significant cultural highlight. Castres has always been an industrious place and has a real buzz about it, especially during the Saturday morning market. Online accommodation specialist Hotels.com can provide great Castres hotels to suit any needs or budget requirement. Use the quick and easy Hotels.com site to secure your Castres accommodation in advance and look forward to a hassle-free arrival in this fascinating town.
What's Castres Like?
Castres dates from the 9th century, with the founding of a Benedictine abbey in the area, although little remains of its medieval origins. The town is at its most attractive by the riverside at the Quai des Jacobins, with picturesque period houses overhanging the water, the buildings once used by the local dyeing and tanning industries. The center features the 17th-century church of St. Benoit and the older Eglise de la Plate, subsequently given an 18th-century baroque makeover. The bishop's palace houses one of the most interesting attractions in Castres, the Goya museum. This displays the largest collection of Spanish paintings in France outside the Louvre. In addition to paintings and engravings by Goya, the collection includes works by Murillo and Velazquez. A relaxing excursion option is the boat trip on a traditional craft along the Agout to the tranquil Gourjade Park, with walking trails, sports facilities and picnic areas.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Castres
Castres is not on the popular tourist trails and you will need your French phrasebook in restaurants and museums. Dining options in Castres range from medieval halls to fast food bars, and many of the small brasseries and bistros offer excellent prix fixe lunch menus. Cuisine in Castres tends to be hearty, with typical bistro dishes including cassoulet bean stews and bourride, a fish stew with plenty of garlic. Languedoc wines are of very high quality. A popular drink in the western Languedoc, Armagnac is a fine brandy, often suggested as the ideal finishing touch to a meal. Hotels.com provides all the relevant information to help you identify your perfect choice from our range of Castres hotels. Consult our accurate and candid reviews from past guests and use the photo galleries and sample room descriptions to get a clear picture of what to expect from Castres accommodation.