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A Lautrec, Tarn village classified among "the most beautiful villages in France", above the roofs, the steeple of the village church we perceive and a dovecote built in the village.

Fifteen kilometers from Castres Graulhet, and thirty kilometers from Albi, the medieval village of Lautrec is located in the heart of the Tarn department. The top of a rocky outcrop, the Calvary Salette offers a superb view of the valley Agoût, the Black Mountains and the Pyrenees.

"This place was already known to the Romans, who had taken advantage of its dominant position decorated with a large reserve of groundwater and a lovely mild climate.
The village itself was organized around the year one thousand (940) around a fortress in its highest point (the Montlausin) just above the mill of La Salette (wind mill completely restored).
In the 12th century, a wall with 8 fortified gates are erected around the village. Some beautiful vestiges remain today, including the door "of Caussade."
For the record, the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was the illustrious descendant of the viscounts of Lautrec.
Lautrec boasts charming streets with half-timbered houses, narrow passages, its open-air theater; the Collegiate Church of Saint Rémy (14th century); its indoor hall (15th century).
Many hiking trails are listed at the Tourist Office.
An old railway track now converted into a hiking trail along the bottom of the village and connects Castres to Albi.
Production known worldwide: Garlic Rose de Lautrec is causing many recipes that came in the regional gastronomic repertoire "http://www.fontaine-lautrec.com/region_tarn.htm.

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