SAMATAN and LOMBEZ: Ever y week, on Monday morning, you can go to the very picturesque market in Samatan where you'll find farm products and curios and where you will most probably also bump into one or another local hawker.
You can also visit the typical regional market for small live stock and fresh goose livers.
The city of Samatan itself has some very nice romantic corners (not far from the tourist office), and a few tourist car-routes have been signposted.
On your return to Fabas, we recommend to make a little stop in Lombez with its very beautiful 14th century cathedral.
New since 2003 is the Gallic village near SAINT-JULIEN (half an hour drive from Fabas). A complete Gallic village has been rebuilt here, where you can discover the way of life of the Gallics and even taste Gallic food. This is a very interesting excursion to learn more about this period in time that is often quite forgotten in history books. See also our links page.
LE FOUSSERET: A little village to be discovered, which can be combined with a vivit of Aurignac. Especially recommended when the weather is clear, because then you can enjoy the magnificent view on the Garonne-valley and the complete mountain range of the Pyrenees. In a little park behind the church you can find an orientation table on which all the summits of the Pyrenees are indicated. Don't forget your binoculars !
AURIGNAC: A little town but with a very rich history. The 'Visite Guidée' is a walk that takes you along the 29 most important places of interest of the town. You can find a detailed description of those places in a free leaflet that can be obtained from the tourist office (Syndicat d'Initiative), where you can also get a description of some other signposted walks in the area.
SAINT-BERTRAND DE COMMINGES/VALCABRERE: A historical town on the crossing of two important Roman roads, where you can visit some archeological interesting sites, e.g. Lugdunum. For the devotees of archeology certainly most worth while. In Saint-Bertrand de Comminges you can also visit the cathedral dedicated to Saint-Bertrand, situated in the old part of town which was built on a steep hill. You can make the climb on foot or you get on the little diesel train that will take you up.
If you return to Fabas by highway A64, you can make a stop at the Aire du Pic du Midi, where you can watch a panoramic movie about the observatory that is located on the summit of the Pic du Midi.
LOURDES: The world capital of Christian pilgrimage where thousands of pilgrims come to pray near the Cave or attend one or more of the many ceremonies that take place daily. Lourdes can leave some very intense impressions, thanks to the presence of thousands of hopeful people. It is strongly recommended to limit your visit to the Cave and the Basilica. A visit to the town itself can be very disturbing after the deep impressions you've got. And what's more: it's almost impossible not to meet someone you know in the town...
A visit to Lourdes can very well be combined with a visit to the nearby mountains.
HAUTES-PYRENEES: This excursion will undoubtebly be the climax of your holidays in Fabas, taking you across some famous mountain passes: Col d'Aspin (1.499 m), Col du Tourmalet (2.155 m), Col du Soulor (1.474 m) and Col de Peyresourde (1.669 m). A large part of the history of the Tour de France has been written on these passes. The Yellow Yersey has often been conquered here by the final winner of the Tour, and often with a comfortable lead. You'll understand why when you drive along these heroic roads, even by car.
In La Mongie you can take the chairlift to the summit of the Pic du Midi (2.877 m, don't forget to take a warm sweater and rain clothing with you !), where you can visit the observatory.
ROUTE DES LACS: For the non devotees of the Tour de France, or if you just want to enjoy some unspoiled mountain air and breath taking views, we can recommend the Route des Lacs (Lake Tour). Via Arreau you drive to Saint-Laury-Soulan (certainly not unfamiliar amongst the skiers) from where you drive on to Fabian. From Fabian on, the Route des Lacs has been signposted. You pass right by some scenic mountain lakes, each with its own charm. At the highest lake (Lac du Cap de Long) you can park your car and set off for a walk. Attention ! You are above the tree-line here, so don't forget to take an effective sun protection product with you.
GORGES DE LA SAVE: South of Ciadoux, not very far from the village of Lespuge, the river Save itself has sculptured a tourist attraction: Les Gorges de la Save. You can discover this canyon in different ways, however the best one is to leave your car in one of the car parks and walk along the Save on a small asphalted road. The many caves you will notice in the precipices were already inhabited by prehistorical tribes.
With just a little imagination you will most certainly meet some trolls, elves and dwarfs ...
The village of Montmaurin is situated not far from these Gorges. In this village, the largest gallo-roman villa in France has been excavated. In Lespuge you also have an impressive view over the Garonne-valley to the Pyrenees. For more information about the la Save region, please visit our links page.
L'ISLE-EN-DODON: The canton capital has nestled itself in the valley of the Save, and is the nearest town to Fabas where you can find all kind of services: tourist office, several banks, cash dispensers, a supermarket, the post office, hairdressers, ...
Just like in any other self respecting province town, there is also a swimming pool, the 'boulodrome' and a midget golf.
To mention here also is the fortified church that looks more like a castle than like a church.
Some beautiful walks have been signposted in and around L'Isle-en-Dodon, offering you a chance to discover the region a little more ... the valley of the Save, the woods, the fields and grasslands ... nothing but silence and peace ...
TOULOUSE: The 'pink city' is the capital of the department and the industrial heart of South West France. The Airbus factory, which is open to visitors, is the main employer of the region. A visit to the 'Parc de l'Aventure Spatial' (Space Adventure Park) is also highly recommended.
If you like French cities, you just have to visit Toulouse. Leave your car in one of the pay car parks, unless you want to lose a lot of time searching for a parking lot. The city centre is often very crowded due to the many terraces and shops. And don't forget to go to the Place du Capitole (photo).
The people of Toulouse are the best 'strollers' in France ... from the terraces they observe the people passing by while drinking a coffee or they just stroll along the terraces to be admired ...
Further away from Fabas, and thus necessary to make it into a longer excursion, we'd like to mention:
L'ARIEGE: The departement in between Toulouse and Andorra with Saint-Lizier (cathedral and episcopal palace), Foix (medieval town), Mirepoix (fortified village and the abbey of Camon), Bamalou and Bastillon (cheese production) and Audressein (clog production).
CARCASSONNE: (picture) fortified medieval town that will take you back to the age of knights, dragons and beautiful princesses ...
ANDORRA: An enclave in the middle of the Pyrenees on the French-Spanish border. The drive to Andorra easily takes about 3.5 hours and for the return from this beautiful tax free country you have to take some major delays in account due to the sometimes intensive inspections by French custom officers.