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Gaillac

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Gaillac is a commune in the Tarn department in southern France. It had in 2013 a population of 14,334 inhabitants.Geography of GaillacGaillac is a town situated between Toulouse, Albi and Montauban. It has gained much recognition due to the wines that bear the town's name. The Tarn river runs along the border of the town by the south, east and west. It lies 50 km north-east of Toulouse. It is a market town and is the commercial centre of the north-west of Tarn.The local wine of Gaillac, first made almost two thousand years ago, is of two official appellations (AOC). The terroir is made up of clay, limestone, sand and silex soils. Gaillac receives more sunshine than Bordeaux and is graced by a cool maritime climate. Duras is the name both of the grape that is native to this area and of an AOC and town just northwest of the two "Gaillac" designations.History of GaillacThe town was founded in the second century CE by the Gauls who created a river port where they exported their wine into Gallia Narbonensis. When Aquitane was conquered by Rome, Gaillac gained prosperity with its wine. However, the barbarian invasions annihilated the town and left nothing behind. It was only when the monks of Saint-Michel gained viticulture privileges from the Bishop of Albi, in 972, that the population stabilized and Gaillac started to become a town again. Their wines were at first sent to Bordeaux where they would be exported to England. The Abbey of St. Michel was constructed in the 10th century and rebuilt in 1271. In 1524 the abbey was secularized but the title of abbey retained.
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Hidden gems in Gaillac

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Park
Chateau Foucaud et parc
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
inVINcible VIGNEron
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Castle
Chateau de Mauriac Senouillac
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Patisserie Guillaume Pigot
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Gaillac

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World heritage site
Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile Albi
4.8
Duration: 1 hour
Historic Site
Cite Religieuse Rocamadour
4.3
Duration: 3 hours
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Art Museum
Musee Toulouse-Lautrec Albi
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Cave
Gouffre de Padirac Padirac
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Popular things to do in Gaillac

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Natural History Museum
Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Philadelphe Thomas
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Eglise Saint-Pierre
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
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Winery / Vineyard
Maison des Vins de Gaillac
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Art Museum
Musee des Beaux-Arts
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Gaillac

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Religious Site
Abbaye Saint-Michel
3.6
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Gaillac

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History Museum
Musee de l'Abbaye
2.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
inVINcible VIGNEron
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Bridge
Pont Valentre Cahors
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Theme Park
S Room Agency Montauban
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
La Foret des Singes Rocamadour
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

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