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The location of Peyloubère in the Gers and at the very heart of Gascony, is ideal for those seeking a peaceful holiday but with every facility close at hand.  Equally, it is an excellent centre from which to explore and tour the beautiful countryside, historic towns and ancient villages and châteaux of the region.  In addition the area offers a wide variety of sporting facilities and attractions to suit all tastes.

Auch, the capital of Gascony

The busy centre of Auch, is only a few kilometers away and has everything expected of a regional capital :-  

  • two weekly markets - see Local Markets for details of these and other markets in the area.

  • a monthly brocante fair - see Antiques & Brocante

  • a wide range of cafés and restaurants - see Restaurants for examples of the wide variety available.

  • exhibitions, concerts, museums, music and theatre festivals - see Calendar of Events

  • and modern and traditional shopping.

Auch Cathedral is world famous, as is Gascony's foie-gras and Armagnac, and the town's association with d'Artagnan, the 'fourth musketeer', is much celebrated in statue, museum and the exhibition in his home village of Lupiac.

Sporting and leisure facilities nearby

  • Casino - opened in November 2000, Castéra-Verduzan now hosts a gambling Casino as well as its newly refurbished thermal centre - see below.

  • Fishing - guests are free to fish the lake and river at Peyloubère and permits for more serious angling are available for lakes and rivers in the area.

  • Golf - there is a choice of 9 and 18-hole golf courses at Auch, Eauze, Fleurance, Marciac, l'Isle-Jourdain and Masseube, the closest being the 18-hole course just outside Auch.

  • Horse-riding - There is a riding school in Pavie village and two further stables nearby offering schooling and hacking through the woods and sunflower fields.

  • Jet-bikes and Karting track- for those who prefer mechanical transport, the countryside can be explored by quad-bike and their is an indoor Karting track 5 minutes from Peyloubère.

  • Tennis - the Tennis Club Auscitain offers hourly rental of tennis courts as well as coaching and all normal club facilities.

  • Theme Parks - there is a Walibi theme park at Agen (1hr) as well as the European Space Park, 'La Cité de l'Espace' and an aquatic theme park, 'Aqualand', in Toulouse

  • Thermal Centres - for a day of sheer pampering and relaxation, there is a choice of three thermal centers at Lectoure, Castéra-Verduzan and Barbotan-les-Thermes.

  • Vert en l'Air - just five minutes from Peyloubère, this is a tree-top acrobatic park with challenges suitable for all ages. They also offer Paintball adventures!

  • Walking and Cycling - walking in the Pyrénées is spectacular and there are also over 1500km of walking and cycling routes in the area (route maps and books may be borrowed).   Bicycles can be hired in Toulouse - see www.recycles.fr and toulousevelo.free.fr - from a number of points in the Gers - see www.tourisme-tenareze.com - and at locations in the Pyrénées for cross-country cycling.  Electrically powered bikes can be hired in Auch - see www.cyclowatt32.com

  • Water Sports - several water-sport lakes offer sailing, water skiing and windsurfing as well as water slides, pleasure boats and sandy beaches.

  • Winter Sports - resorts in the Pyrénées offer excellent winter sports facilities including downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding.

Further afield 

For those who wish to explore further afield, there are historic buildings, Armagnac châteaux, medieval villages and fortified towns too numerous to mention.  The great mountains of the Pyrénées are less than an hour's drive away, as are the towns of Pau, Condom, Albi, Lourdes, Toulouse and many more.  Biarritz and the Atlantic coast, the Spanish border and beyond and the spectacular scenery and cheap shopping of Andorra - all are within a few hours drive from Peyloubère.

Special events

A wide variety of special events take place in the Gers throughout the year.  For example music festivals - Jazz, Country, Salsa and Classical; bullfighting; astronomy, marionette and boomerang festivals (truly!); antiques and medieval fairs; horse race meetings; a Casino; day and night markets; and 'Circa', ten days of circus performance from around the world - to name just a small selection.  We have included a more comprehensive Calendar of Events which we hope will help you plan your visit.

Restaurants

Over 70 restaurants are listed by the Tourist Office in Auch, over 40 of which are located in the town itself.  These offer a wide variety of both quality and cost from the inexpensive L'Etape pizzeria in Pavie to the celebrated restaurant at the Hotel de France in Auch.  For a selection of restaurants within easy reach and the comments of our guests, click on Restaurants 

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