: Toulouse Blagnac
The very thinly populated department of the Gers is situated in the South West of France midway between the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean sea.
It is mainly an agricultural region with scenic landscapes of undulating hills and valleys offering magnificent views as far south as the Pyrénees.
The region is full of history and culture to discover, including the Abbaye de Flaran, the Roman villa of Seviac with its splendid mosaics, the circular village of Fources and the fortified village of Larresingle.
The local town of Lectoure is situated on the Pilgrimmage Path of Saint Jacques de Compostelle and is well known for its 14th century cathedral, the old royal tannery, the castle of the Comtes d'Armagnac, the fountain of Diane, the archaeological museum set in the cellars of the old bishops' palace and its thermal spa.
Lectoure has plenty of shops, a supermarket, a choice of bakeries, patisseries and butchers as well as restaurants and bars.
The market is every Friday morning offering the local products which make the Gers so gastronomically renowned such as foie gras, cured duck, cheeses, honey, Armagnac, Floc de Gascogne as well as seasonal fruit and vegetables.
There is a local market every day of the week in the nearby towns.
Available nearby are walking or cycling trails, swimming, fishing, horse riding, canoeing, golf, tennis and even hot air balloon rides.
Close by is the UNESCO heritage site of La Romieu.
Auch, the capital of the Gers, is just 35 minutes drive away. It is the birth place of D'Artagnan, Alexandre Dumas' famous musketeer and his statue dominates the vast stone staircase that climbs from the river Gers up to the Auch cathedral.
The Gers is full of historical villages and chateaux offering wine and Armagnac tasting.
There are events all year such as the jazz festival at Marciac, the country and western music festival in Mirande, bull fighting at Vic Fezensac, motocycle racing at Nogaro and numerous wine and flower festivals.