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Summer colour [click to enlarge]Daramousque is situated in the Tarn-et-Garonne in the Midi-Pyrénées Région, at the crossroads of the départements of Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Aveyron and Lot. The Midi-Pyrénées is one of the sunniest regions in France where, on average, temperatures are over 25°C for 60-80 days each year. Even in October, the temperatures can be as high as 19°C.
The Midi-Pyrénées is also the region in France where people have the best living conditions and where they live longest. Sunshine, festivities, traditions, good food, conviviality and human warmth are all thought to be part of the area’s magic formula!Moissac’s famous cloisters [click to enlarge]
Monclar-de-Quercy : market day [click to enlarge]Daramousque is just minutes from the pretty village of Monclar-de-Quercy. The central village square hosts a market once a week. There is also a church, a pharmacy, a new supermarket and a choice of bakeries, restaurants and bars. Monclar also benefits from three large leisure lakes nearby where you can swim, fish and go boating.
Daramousque is only a short drive from away from some of the most picturesque bastides and medieval villages in France. Puycelsi, Bruniquel and Castelnau-de-Montmiral are just 20 minutes away; a little further away is the spectacular hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, along with the fascinating medieval town of St-Antonin-Noble-Val.Puycelci [click to enlarge]
Albi’s Ste-Cécile cathedral [click to enlarge]Montauban is the nearest big town. It was founded in 1144 and is the administrative centre of the Tarn-et-Garonne. Other large towns worth visiting are Gaillac, which is famous for its wines; Albi, which was the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec and which has a beautiful cathedral; and Moissac, which has many Romanesque art sites.
Toulouse, to the south of Daramousque, is the most important city in the Midi-Pyrénées and is the fourth largest city in France. Carcassonne and Cahors are also interesting cities to explore - both are well-known for their beautiful architecture and delightful shops and restaurants.Pont Valentré at Cahors [click to enlarge]
The Pyrénées [click to enlarge]Recommended day trips from Daramousque are visiting the Mediterranean coastal resorts, walking in the Pyrénées National Park, a visit to Lourdes, the Millau Bridge or to the prehistoric Grotte de Pech-Merle. Even a day trip to Spain is possible - but don’t forget your passport !
A little history...
Monclar-de-Quercy is believed to have Gallo-Roman origins but was only officially recognised in documents dating from 587AD. In 1009, the feudal domain of Monclar belonged to the Comte-d'Aurillac; it then passed to the Comte-de-Toulouse in 1170. In 1312, the last of the Cathar heretics hid in the village.

On the 10 September 1532, the Duc-de-Joyeuse attacked Monclar. The village and the château were set alight and all the prisoners were hanged. In 1789, the village was attacked by the Revolutionaries who destroyed the castle and the church (which was reconstructed in the 1880s).

In 1920, Monclar-de-Quercy was linked to Montauban by railway, but the line was closed down in 1932. In 1974, the town's leisure park and lakes were developed to attract tourists to the area.

Neo-gothic-style church (1875); church of Saint-Martin (16th century, but modified in the 17th & 19th centuries); church of Saint-Saturnin (16th century); church of Saint-Blaise (16th century); church of Saint-Laurent (19th century); church of St-Michel-des-Lials (19th century).

Resources & production
Horse breeding; orchards; mixed farming; cattle farming; basket-making.

Things to see
Grésigne forest; horse festival (April); traditional market (every Thursday); evening markets in July; "Marché Occitan" (every Sunday in July & August); "Marché au Gras" (each Sunday from December to February); "Marché de l'Avent" (mid-December).

Things to do
Riding centre & pony club; aquatic leisure park with 3 lakes; swimming; water sports; canoes; kayaks; fitness trail; mountain biking; train rides around the lake.
Area7644 ha (29,5 sq miles)
Altitude203 m (666 ft)
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Office de Tourisme
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