Saint-Bertand-de-Comminges was nominated as one of France’s favourite villages by viewers to France3 TV Channel in 2020.
At the foot of the pyrenées, Saint-Bertand-de-Comminges, south east of Tarbes (31 Haut-Garonne, Occitanie), is also classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France – Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. – “ancient guardian of the Pyrenées”.
The village takes its name from the bishop who built it cathedral, who rebuilt the village from ruins, and remodelled in the 14th Century by the future Pope Clement V. as the Cathedral Sainte Marie. Spme find houses from the 16th-18th Century huddle around the cathedral and its ramparts.
Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, as if suspended between the sky and the earth, stands out against the unspoilt background of the Pyrenean foothills! Climb up to this village surrounded by ramparts that blend into the rock. Wander down lanes lined with townhouses. Visit Sainte-Marie Cathedral, listed as UNESCO world heritage as part of the Santiago de Compostela routes. It dates back to the start of the Middle Ages. Architectural and decorative features were constantly added to it until the 16th century Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges was a hotspot on the Santiago de Compostela routes for centuries. Hikers still pass by and several other footpaths and mountain biking trails snake through the Pyrenean plateau. Cyclists: hit the Véloroute de la Garonne which covers 106km from the Toulouse region to the Pyrenees – see www.tourism-occitanie.co.uk
Local accommodation options include B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering gites