In the foothills on the French side of the Pyrenees, a short drive from route national between Saint Gaudens and Montrejeau, you’ll find the Roman site of Lugdenum and medieval walled hilltop town of St Bertrand De Commingues.
Almost guaranteed blue skies throughout the summer months, it’s a good day trip if your resort’s mountain tops cloud over during your Pyrenean holiday.
The walled town plays host to evening and daytime concerts in July and August; providing you with a spectacular experience during your holiday.
The pedestrianised winding medieval streets and cathedral fortress keep the children happy for hours, while the quaintly tasteful tourist shops provide a spot of retail therapy if you are looking for souvenirs. There are a few surprises along the way too.
The umbrella shop selling pretty locally and traditionally-made umbrellas make more unusual and interesting gifts or a neat parasol if you want portable cover from the heat.
The 19th century Gendarmarie and its beautiful garden has been transformed into a modern gallery and houses interesting photography and art exhibitions.
The medieval reenactments and museums will engage the children (and adults) in tales of knights, fights and jousting.
Not forgetting the tourist information centre, which is equipped with state-of-the-art interactive tourist information installations and a fantastic book shop about the area if you are eager to delve deeper into the life, history and culture of the Pyrenees.
The staff are friendly and well-informed, and can point you in the right direction for your next day trip or give you chapter and verse about St Bertrand or its Roman roots.