“Castelnau de Montmiral, bastide village” – Extra Info
The village is about 1 hour’s drive from Toulouse, on the northern edge of the Gaillac wine district, close by the vallee de Teco, noted for its Vin de Passion.
has minimal amenities, an epicerie, a patisserie, a doctor’s surgery, a pharmacy, a post office, a hair dresser, an office de tourism, and two hotels restaurants.
On Tuesdays there is an amusing little market offering fresh local produce and arts/crafts by local artisans.
The word ‘Castelnau’ means ‘new castle’, and ‘Montmiral’ means ‘hilltop with a view’, from the Occitan language that was spoken in Southern France at the time of the town’s foundation, and which is still spoken by many local people today.
It is not just Celts who remember their origins.
Founded toward 1222, a commune of some 8000 hectares.
Today much remains of this charming village.