Mazamet is a fantastic town, nestled in the foothills of the Montagne Noire (black mountains) which form one of the last pieces of the stunning Languedoc National Parc.

Once famous for it wool and tanning industry, Mazamet became one of the most prosperous towns per capita in the whole of France - the stunning architecture of the town's landmark buildings are evidence of this wealth.

Mazamet is set within the Midi-Pyrenees region - the site of some fantasic Medieval villages like the cite of Carcassonne, and the wonderful towns of Castres and Albi close by.  In Albi there is a magnificent cathredal dating back to the 13th century as well as the Tolouse Lautrec gallery.  In Castres, famous like most of SW France for its rugby, you can visit the Goya gallery.

Within easy reach of the town are some wonderful walks, cycling, a superb golf course, as well as lakes for fishing, bathing and boating. There are also a host a decent restaurants serving wonderful regional food, including fois gras and roquefort cheese.  Sitting in the middle of some of the finest red wine vineyards, wine lovers are also in for a treat! 

A little further afield you can drive to Barcelona in just three hours, be on the Meds beaches in around an 1 1/2 hours and in the winter be skiing in the Pyrenees in around 2 1./2 hours.

Mazamet is easy to access to - most of the low cost airlines fly from the UK and Ireland to either Toulouse or Carcassone which are less than an hour's drive or within 2 hours to Perpignan, Rodez and Montpellier.

In 2007, the town hosts the start of one of the stages of Le Tour de France - and nearby Toulouse is hosting games of the Rugby World Cup!