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The Bastides and Vallons areas in the Gers department is an ideal region to explore on a hiking holiday.
The town of Marciac has two hiking trails.
Le Circuit des Côteaux is a 13 kilometre trail and it takes you across magnificent landscapes and through the villages of Juillac and Tourdun. Set off and discover the trails in this beautiful region.
The Natural History Museum in Marciac, also known as the Joseph Abeilhe Museum houses a fine collection of birds and mammals. This museum, which has not changed for decades, resembles a cabinet of curiosities from the nineteenth century.
The animals come from the local region but also from far away lands, and you can admire them in the Marie of Marciac. The section on palaeontology is also well equipped: learn more about the ancient face of the earth!
Marciac, a fortified royal enclave founded in 1298, has retained its original layout: It is a remarkably well preserved example of a bastide (medieval fortified town). Marciac's central square, the Place de l'Hotel de Ville is an impressive size. It is surrounded by houses with arcades. It once had a central market building, which was destroyed in 1871. The village skyline is easily recognised thanks to its two bell towers, one attached to the Church of Notre-Dame de L'Assomption and the other belonging to the old Augustinian Convent. Outside the village, the chapel of Notre-Dame de la Croix stands beside the pilgrimage route of the Chemin de Saint-Jacques. Marciac is also a musical town, with a strong jazz tradition, and plenty of culture is to be found among its art galleries and museums.
The Lac de Marciac (Marciac Lake) is a 30 hectare body of water in the village of Marciac. This lake is the perfect place to visit, with family or friends, if you're seeking some peace and tranquillity. The cool water and lush vegetation make for a wonderfully refreshing setting. The lake is suitable for fishing, and it's particularly good for carp fishing at night. You can also explore the lake by pedalo or in a small rowing boat. There's a lovely path that takes you right around the lake, a beautiful walk in the dappled sunshine and shade under the trees at the water's edge.
Your walking itinerary route begins at the Bastide de Marciac. This bastide (a type of fortified medieval town) was built in the late 13th century and has retained its medieval feel, especially in its central square lined with arcades. The Bastide has a wealth of notable architecture including the church tower. During your walk, you will discover the village of Saint Justin and many other charming little places that are worth stopping to admire along the way.