Visiting Cordes sur Ciel

Photograph of a participant in Cordes sur Ciel Mediaeval Festival, in knight's clothing with a helmet, shield and swordIf it is your first visit to Cordes sur Ciel, you might like to join a guided tour to help you make the most of your time here. A stroll around the town in the company of a local expert will show you all the most significant buildings and points of interest and you can then return to them at your leisure. If you prefer to make your own way around, you can pick up a leaflet from the tourist office with a town map, but in either case, the town is not large and you are unlikely to become lost.

In July and August you can get a flavour of the fascinating old town by taking part in a guided walk organised by the Tourist Office. Depending on the day, you will find several to choose from, such as a treasure hunt, recommended for families with younger children. There are also mediaeval themed walks and a special dramatized walk by torchlight. To book, please ask at the Tourist Office.

Cordes sur Ciel has several museums dedicated to various aspects of its history and to its modern activities, as well as the aptly named Jardin des Paradis ornamental gardens. Arguably, the whole town is a museum of architecture from the Eglise St Michel to the many remarkable city gates.

There are quaint little shops offering hand made and traditional products, antiques, leathergoods, handbags, jewellery and paintings and you are sure to find something as a souvenir to mark your visit. Most retailers are open on Sunday morning although a few close all day on Monday. Lunchtime closing varies from shop to shop. Please note that not all traders accept card payments, cash is generally preferred.

Soak up the atmosphere as you relax at a pavement table outside of a restaurant and listen for the chimes of the clock as it marks the hour, just as it has done for hundreds of years gone by. Remember to bring your camera with you, too, as the views from the ramparts over the surrounding countryside are breathtaking. 


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