The Surrounding Area
Rich in natural beauty and medieval history
Catalo is just 10 minutes drive from the beautiful little medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in SW France, halfway between Albi and Montauban and 90 minutes from Toulouse airport. The nearby River Aveyron and its dramatic gorge offer plenty of "green tourism" activities: canoeing, climbing, walking, mountain-biking, para-gliding. Charlotte Grey and The Hundred Foot Journey were both filmed in the town. Catalo lies in a beautiful valley, 500m from our nearest neighbours. Come and enjoy real peace and quiet.
Saint-Antonin with its charming 12th-century narrow streets is full of restaurants and cafés, food shops offering local produce and a well-stocked supermarket with first-class butcher selling locally-reared meat. Its cinema often shows English-language films,. Swimming is possible in the river or in the open-air, heated town swimming-pool, overlooked by dramatic cliffs and soaring buzzards. On Sunday there is a busy market in the centre of town.
The area is a haven for wildlife and flora : deer, wild boar, birds of prey, orchids, cowslips. You can walk for hours along well-marked paths and barely meet a soul. Within 20-30 minutes' drive you can explore the Gaillac vineyards and the medieval villages of Penne, Bruniquel, Cordes, Najac - perched on hilltops and full of chateaux and museums charting the long history of this much fought-over region.
This video link gives you a stunning overview of the Midi-Pyrenees (now part of the Occitanie Region). Of the places shown in it, the following can all be visited for a day trip from Catalo: Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Najac, Conques, Moissac, Montauban, Cahors, Pech Merle cave paintings, La-Cirq-de Popie, Toulouse, Millau Viaduct, Villefranche de Rouergue, Rodez.