Castres Carnaval

The town of Castres  (81 Tarn, Occitanie) celebrates the end of Lent with a Carnaval with a difference – a Venetian Carnaval! (Carnaval Venetian)– 8 March 2020

Castres Carnaval poster

Part of the Carnaval is on the water (the river Agout) Festa sull’acqua – a parade with a floating procession of acrobats, fire-eaters and dancers!

The medieval houses overhanging the river gave this part of the town the nickname of “little Venice”

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Castres is the birthplace of the famous socialist leader Jean Jaurès and home to the important Goya Museum of Spanish painting.The town is probably best known nowadays for its Rugby Union (rugby à quinze) team, which is one of the top European teams. In this area the local wine is Gaillac.

Stay in the heart of the town in the Grand Hotel, which dates from 1909!

Castres view

For more info and to check availabilty at this Castres hotel see Grand Hotel,

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