Dovecotes by the thousands

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Dovecotes by the thousands
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Another landmark of the South-West!

 Albi, Gaillac, Toulouse dovecotes ... cylindrical or square dovecotes built on pillars or on arcades... walking our footpaths, you will come across dozens of them!

Contrary to the French Northern provinces, where only the aristocracy was entitled to own a dovecote, in Languedoc, peasants could be granted the "Fa colombie" right against the payment of 20 “deniers”. Doves were raised for their meat and their droppings (colombine) were used as fertiliser.
Which explains the 1700 or so dovecotes in the Tarn region, particularly around  Gaillac.
Find them out, you can even spend a night in some of them ! 

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Office de Tourisme - accueil de Gaillac
Abbaye Saint Michel
0 805 400 828 (numéro gratuit depuis fixes et mobiles)
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Things to do and see

Tarn is the country of great outdoors activities. 3500 km of hiking tracks, bikes tours, horse riding, climbing, and many others things to do in a wonderful green landscape. Enjoy nature, practice sports and relax.


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