Flea market located in an old palace in Lectoure, France.

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Top choice in Toulouse, Gers & Vallée du Tarn

It's something of a surprise to come across a place of such historical wealth in such a remote part of the Gers département, well away from any major communication route. At the eastern end of Armagnac region, this little charmer perched on a hilltop is Gers' most seductive village, with plenty of medieval buildings as well as handsome hôtels particuliers (private mansions). Many of Lectoure's historic buildings are occupied these days by antique dealers, artists, craftsmen, hoteliers and restaurants. Delve in!

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1. Collégiale St-Pierre

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2. Les Jardins de Coursiana

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3. Marché au Gras

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Stock up on local produce like homemade jams, cheeses, liqueur-steeped pâté and bottles of Armagnac at this twice-weekly food market.

4. Cathédrale St-Pierre

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The foundations of this formidable cathedral date back to 1011, when the site hosted a Benedictine abbey. The cathedral was rebuilt in Flamboyant Gothic…

5. Musée de l'Armagnac

12.73 MILES

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6. Abbaye de Flaran

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8. Château du Busca Maniban

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