Moissac is located in the heart of the “Terre de Confluences” area, in a verdant setting, surrounded by orchards through which the Tarn and the Garonne Canal run.
Saint Pierre abbatial church and cloister
The tympanum (which appeared in the famous film “The Name of the Rose”) and the cloister are both UNESCO World Heritage-listed as part of the Ways of Saint James.
The cloister, complete with its 76 capitals, 46 of which are ornamented, and the portal are masterpieces of Roman sculpture.
Art Deco ornamentation
Moissac has plenty of other hidden treasures, particularly the extensive Art Deco ornamentation you’ll spy as you stroll around town
The Way of Saint James
This major stage of the GR65 walking route leads pilgrims to Moissac along the Via Podiensis. Leaving Lauzerte, pilgrims cross the Terre des Confluences, taking in Durfort-Lacapelette, Moissac and Boudou.
The Garonne Canal and the Cacor navigable aqueduct
The canal links Bordeaux to Toulouse, and a number of boat rental firms offer stays. A cycle path runs along the canal bank.
Chasselas de Moissac
The first fresh fruit to be awarded AOC – now AOP (PDO) – protected designation of origin status.
Moissac was the first grape cure resort in France in the 1930s.
It’s a table grape with golden translucent seeds, whose production requires special care handed down from generation to generation of Chasselas grape farmers. It is part of our unique intangible heritage.
Fifteen or so producers welcome visitors on their farms to teach them about fruit farming.
- Saint Nicolas de la Grave :
a village with a rich heritage and birthplace of Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac. His name was given to the famous US car-maker in 1902, following the celebrations commemorating the bicentenary of the founding of Detroit.
- Old farmhouses, and picturesque villages are dotted across the countryside around Moissac:
Lauzerte, Auvillar, Dunes, Montjoi, Castelsagrat, Valence d’Agen, Donzac, etc.Step into an art gallery or workshop to take a trip back in time.
- Montauban, capital of Tarn-et-Garonne,is a city of art and history.
You simply must explore the superb arcaded Place Nationale and wander around Montauban’s old town, complete with its beautiful pink-bricked houses, the Pont Vieux and the Ingres museum (currently under renovation).
- Gastronomy and wines
There are many open-air activities organized in and around Moissac:
- aviation sports,
- water sports (paddle boats, canoing, stand up paddle boarding, electric boats, etc.),
- cycle touring,
- walking and horse-riding…
Vallée des Loisirs in Saint Nicolas de la Grave: bathing in July/August, fishing lake, and varied activities for adults and kids.