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About Gers

In the stunning Midi-Pyrenees, Gers has the imposing peaks of the Pyrenees to one flank and beautifully peaceful, rural land to the other. Part of the region’s charm comes from its many small fortified towns, dotted through the sparsely populated countryside. Auch is the capital and has an impressive cathedral and a vibrant centre of town and it’s probably one of the best places to stay in Gers if you’re looking for a lively base - the Gers is known for its many festivals, and Auch hosts a few. But if you’re looking for a place to escape to then the best accommodation options will probably be the remote châteaux with the spectacular views.

This historic region is known for rolling green vistas only stopped by merry fields of sunflowers, quiet country roads leading eventually to old market towns, via châteaux and villages. In the Gers the living is easy! The population is small, and the produce, especially the cheese and foie gras, is excellent. Here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay to enjoy them.

The Gers has so many pretty villages some people cruise between them, spending an hour or two in each. Many of them are small enough to explore in less than an hour, but once you arrive it would be rude not to stop and sample some of the local produce.

Where to stay

Montreal-du-Gers, Fources and Larressingle have all made the official list of 'the most beautiful villages in France'.

  • Montreal was founded on an old Roman settlement, and is a very fine example of the 13th Century bastide towns. These are built around a central square with arcades and stone arches running off, and streets radiating outwards in an orderly fashion so that each house has equal space.
  • Fources is a medieval town, some of it stone, some of it half-timbered. This makes it unusual amongst its bastide peers, as does the rounded layout and the green central square. Fources is one of the best places to stay in the Gers if you're looking for a pretty, historic base.
  • Larressingle's medieval fortifications are in excellent condition, inclosing a small Roman church, the ruins of a château, and a small museum.
  • Medieval bastide Sarrant has also made the official 'most beautiful' list. On the eastern edge of the Gers, Sarrant is a great option for a stopover if you're just passing through. From here it's only 50kms to Toulouse.
  • One of the most popular towns to visit in the department is Condom. The joke is on the visitors though, there wasn't a historic connection until the town folks built a contraception museum.
  • Music lovers should head to Marciac, a 13th Century bastide town famed for its annual summer jazz festival.
  • Tillac has to be one of the smallest communities in the Gers, its only got one street, but it's a very pretty street, so well worth a visit.
  • If you're interested in Armagnac production book a property in or near Fources, while Eauze is often referred to as the 'capital of Armagnac'.

With all this rich eating and drinking to do it might be worth considering adding some walking of cycling to your itinerary. There are plenty of well marked trails for walkers, and cyclists will be pleased to hear that the roads are relatively quiet and also relatively flat.

What not to miss:

  • Visit one or all of the Gers's contribution to 'the most beautiful villages in France': Montreal-du-Gers, Fources and Larressingle.
  • Attend the annual summer jazz festival at Marciac.
  • Sample the region's famed produce including cheeses, sausages, Armagnac and foie gras.
  • Explore the picturesque countryside by foot or bike.

Don't forget that this is an increasingly popular region to visit during the peak summer months. So if you plan to come during July or August and want to guarantee a bed in one of the best places to stay in the Gers, make sure you book well ahead.

Best places to stay in the Gers

For foodies

  • If you've come for the food, you'll be spoilt for choice, but one of our favourites is La Bastide, a luxurious country hotel with stunning interiors, beautiful gardens with outdoor pool and a restaurant serving the region's finest.
  • L'Echappee Belle is a modern stylish hotel in the centre of L'Isle-Jourdain. The rooms are simply furnished with decor inspired by local photography. Downstairs, guests can enjoy delicious contemporary cuisine in the relaxed brasserie, headed up by a two-michelin star chef.

For a boutique stay

  • L'Enchantement is a relaxing and characterful retreat in a beautifully renovated 18th century barn with feminine and quirky touches. Exceptionally nurturing hosts. A unique stay. Adults only.

A romantic getaway

  • Chateau les Charmettes is an enchanting castle hotel just outside Auch. Unique rooms feature guilded mirrors, soft colours and terraces. Quiet gardens, an outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis court and lovely bar area. A magical choice for a romantic weekend.

For a grand country house

  • The Hotel Louis Grits is one of the best places to stay in the Gers if you dream of staying in a grand French manor house. The five rooms have been wonderfully decorated, and have original art and mosaics and tasteful, neutral tones. This is also one of the best places to stay in Gascony if you dream of wonderful views over the valley of Gers.
  • Chateau Les Charmettes is located just outside Auch, so here you get the best of both worlds - a gorgeous country retreat, but within striking distance of town.

For excellent value

  • Maison Ardure is a seriously chic guest house offering accommodation at knock-down prices. Tastefully renovated with a great eye for detail, rooms are light and airy and rates start from just €119 per night.

  • Maison de la Port Fortifiee is another top hotel choice for those on a tight budget. Elegant rooms are traditional in style and prices start from as little as €92 per night B&B.

For an apartment or holiday home

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner, Booking.com.

Travel information

  • The closest airport for most areas is the International Toulouse Blagnac Airport but there are also flights to Carcassonne, Bordeaux, Bergerac and Pau.
  • Weather-wise the best time to visit is the summer months from May to October with temperatures peaking in August around the mid twenties celcius.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.

Still not sure where to book?

Best Hotels in Gers

  • Maison Ardure 5 rooms from £104

    Terraube, Gers

    A charming, recently renovated 17th century manor house in rural France. Offers guests a large outdoor pool, steam room, hot tub and gym. Bedrooms have high ceilings, some with original stone walls and exposed beams. Full of character.

    Value chic  -  With doubles for around £70 this property provides excellent value.
    Kayaking  -  Canoe and small motor boat rental on the Baïse river
    Full of character
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Maison de la Porte Fortifiee 5 rooms from £81

    Montesquiou

    A typical Gascon country house in rural France with a peaceful flower and bird-filled garden. Bedrooms are traditional, simple and clean. Dinner is table d'hote style, featuring local specialities. A quiet country hideaway, perfect for a low key escape from it all.

    Great walks  -  Enjoy the beautiful natural landscape.
    Local markets  -  Visit the local daily market
    Sights nearby  -  Town of Tarbes
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Chateau les Charmettes 6 rooms from £155

    Gers

    An enchanting castle hotel just outside Auch. Unique rooms feature guilded mirrors, soft colours and terraces. Quiet gardens, an outdoor pool, hot tub, tennis court and lovely bar area. Much to explore in this rich area between the Pyrenees and Atlantic. A magical choice for a romantic weekend.

    Romantic Break  -  The castle is set within pretty grounds, where geese roam. Hot air ballooning, spa treatments and French cuisine
    Sights nearby  -  Toulouse is within an hour away
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • Hotel Louis Grits 5 rooms from £197

    Gers

    A picturesque French manor house in an enchanting castle town. Interiors blend traditional craftmanship with contemporary design. Rooms filled with original paintings, mosaics and stone work by local artists. A stylish country retreat.

    Views  -  Views over the valleys of Gers.
    Country Escape
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Sawdays, Tablet
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  • L'Echappee Belle 27 rooms from £77

    L'Isle-Jourdain, Gers

    A modern stylish hotel in the centre of L'Isle-Jourdain. The rooms are simply furnished with decor inspired by local photography. Downstairs guests can enjoy delicious contemporary cuisine in the relaxed brasserie, headed up by a two-michelin star chef. Perfect for business meetings.

    Local exploring  -  A charming design hotel in central L'Isle-Jourdain, ideal for exploring the town or the Midi-Pyrenees region.
    Business meetings  -  With great conference facilities, and a central location, it's perfect for a business meeting.
    Local markets  -  Explore the bustling market of L'Isle-Jourdain and pick up some of the regions finest produce.
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  • La Bastide 21 rooms from £139

    Gers

    A luxurious hotel set in a beautiful stone house. Large rooms with creamy furnishings, stone flag floors and enormous bathrooms. An outdoor pool, lovely gardens, terrace and spa. Excellent restaurant serving French classics. A stunning hotel for a romantic weekend break.

    Country Escape  -  Opposite Barbotan-les-Thermes thermal baths, lovely grounds to enjoy the views from, and excellent restaurant
    Fishing  -  Trout, pike and carp fishing. The tourist office can advise on local rules
    Great walks  -  Within the Armagnac region, for beginners and more experienced
    Sights nearby  -  Mont-de-Marsan and The Pyrenees
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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  • La Maison d'Aux 2 rooms from £83

    Gers

    A charming B&B set in rural Gascony overlooking a beautiful secluded garden and a pool lined by Cyprus trees. Elegant rooms are spacious and comfortable, with cool tile floors and antique furniture. Indulgent breakfasts are served, the hosts are ever warm and there's plenty to explore in the region.

    Country Escape  -  A beautiful country house set in a picture perfect village and surrounded by glorious countryside.
    Writing a novel  -  A quiet area unspoilt by tourism, the pefect place to feel inspired.
    Sights nearby  -  The Collegiale de la Romieu, an old church and UNESCO heritage site, towers over the village.
    Local markets  -  Traditional markets occur weekly in the village.
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  • Château de Darrech 4 rooms from £167

    Gers

    Set amidst stunning grounds just south of Tasque, Château de Darrech oozes romance. Luxurious bedrooms expertly mix old with new - featuring splashes of colour and contemporary furnishings in a traditional style. Escape from the sun with a refreshing dip in the pool! Intimate and charming.

    Sights nearby  -  Very close to Marciac (come for the jazz festival) and the Nogaro automobile race track.
    Fishing  -  There are plenty of scenic spots nearby where you can enjoy an afternoon fishing
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool with plenty of loungers and parasols for shade
    Great walks  -  Head off on long romantic walks through the countryside
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