The bustling provincial town of Albi has two main claims to fame: a truly mighty cathedral and a truly marvellous painter. Looming up from the centre of the old town, the Cathédrale Ste-Cécile is one of France's most monumental Gothic structures. Next door is the fantastic Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, dedicated to the mischievous artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who was born here in 1864 and went on to depict the bars and brothels of turn-of-the-century Paris in his own inimitable style.
Albi's little old town is also well worth a wander, although it's surprisingly small given the town's sprawling suburbs.
Albi destination guides
Private Tour: Albi Sightseeing and Gaillac Wine Tasting from Toulouse
Enjoy a cultural experience and wine tasting in two notable towns just outside of Toulouse on this private half-day trip to Albi and Gaillac. In Albi, explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town, tour Albi Cathedral, and visit the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum to learn about the city’s most famous native, legendary French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Medieval France: Tarn & Aveyron
Explore the historic sites of the Cathars in the Tarn and Aveyron regions on foot