Le Gers in Gascony: Visit the home region of D'Artagnan

  • Auch, Gers

    © Patrice Thebault / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

    Auch, Gers

    © Patrice Thebault / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

  • Dégustation au Château de Cassaigne dans le Gers

    © Dominique VIET / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

    Dégustation au Château de Cassaigne dans le Gers

    © Dominique VIET / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

  • Condom, Gers. Grand Site de Flaran-Baïse-Armagnac.

    © Dominique VIET / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

    Condom, Gers. Grand Site de Flaran-Baïse-Armagnac.

    © Dominique VIET / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

  • Au premier plan la statue de d'Artagnan, à l'arrière la Tour d'Armagnac

    © Dominique VIET / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

    Au premier plan la statue de d'Artagnan, à l'arrière la Tour d'Armagnac

    © Dominique VIET / CRT Midi-Pyrénées

Le Gers in Gascony: Visit the home region of D'Artagnan auch fr

"One for all and all for one!". Come along to the charming southwest area of France that was once the home region of Dumas' fourth musketeer.

War, love, celebration and fidelity in 1600s France - that's probably how we best remember Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers". Although most of the story is fictional, it's not all pure fantasy.

The four main characters Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan are in fact based on real people, and the one we know the most about is the young Charles de Batz-Castelmore d'Artagnan, who came from the area Le Gers in the historic province of Gascony.

Come with us to the charming southwest area of France!

 

Lush nature, gastronomy and joie de vivre in "Little Tuscany"

The lush department Le Gers in Midi-Pyrenees, is known to be both full of character, warmth and joie de vivre. And with its hilly landscapes, it is often called "Little Tuscany". It is the quintessence of rural idyll with its special light, the hilly terrain and the traditional windmills on the hilltops. The perfect place if you need to slow down.

And if you are interested in delicious food, the area is one of France's inescapable places. Here you will namely find a variety of products and dishes based on the good ingredients that are grown in Le Gers. Duck, goose and other poultry from local farms are some of the specialties.

But its not only in the kitchen and at the dining table the joy of lfe unfolds itself - the area is also known for its many festivals and events. Whether you are interested in gastronomy, music, history, culture or nature, you can celebrate it during one of the many events in the area.

 

3 must-do's in Le Gers

Condom-en-Armagnac

Do not miss the Episcopal Condom-en-Armagnac where you will find a number of gems. For example, the majestic cathedral Saint-Pierre in Gothic style.

Or the old town whose impressive buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries are a relic of the economic recovery, the city experienced due to the production of Armagnac. Of course it is also a must to taste the golden drops.

 

Auch

You should also stop by the larger town of Auch, whose beautiful monumental cathedral, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, testify that the city is a stop on the Camino.

The city is also known for the staircase with 374 steps that connects the upper and lower parts of Auch, and the many "pousteries" - small streets from the Middle Ages - that lets residents take a shortcut to the river.

 

In the footsteps of d'Artagnan

Most importantly, we must not forget Dumas' hero d'Artagnan - the pride of the area.

He grew up in the small village of Lupiac on top of a 243 meter high hill. Here you can visit a museum dedicated to the musketeer, and every summer the village celebrates him on a festive day wearing beautiful clothes from the period. 

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