Daramousque is situated in the Tarn-et-Garonne in the Midi-Pyrénées Région, at the crossroads of the départements of Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Aveyron and Lot. The Midi-Pyrénées is one of the sunniest regions in France where, on average, temperatures are over 25°C for 60-80 days each year. Even in October, the temperatures can be as high as 19°C. The Midi-Pyrénées is also the region in France where people have the best living conditions and where they live longest. Sunshine, festivities, traditions, good food, conviviality and human warmth are all thought to be part of the area's magic formula!
The pretty village of Monclar-de-Quercy is just minutes away. The central village square hosts a market once a week. There is also a church, a pharmacy, a new supermarket and a choice of bakeries, restaurants and bars. Monclar also benefits from three large leisure lakes nearby where you can swim, fish and go boating.
Daramousque is only a short drive from away from some of the most picturesque bastides and medieval villages in France. Puycelsi, Bruniquel and Castelnau-de-Montmiral are just 20 minutes away; a little further away is the spectacular hilltop town of Cordes-sur-Ciel, along with the fascinating medieval town of St-Antonin-Noble-Val.
Montauban is the nearest big town. It was founded in 1144 and is the administrative centre of the Tarn-et-Garonne. Other large towns worth visiting are Gaillac, which is famous for its wines; Albi, which was the birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec and which has a beautiful cathedral; Moissac, which has many Romanesque art sites.
Toulouse, to the south of Daramousque, is the most important city in the Midi-Pyrénées and is the fourth largest city in France. Carcassonne and Cahors are also interesting cities to explore - both are well-known for their beautiful architecture and delightful shops and restaurants.
Recommended day trips from Daramousque are visiting the Mediterranean coastal resorts, walking in the Pyrénées National Park, a visit to Lourdes, the Millau Bridge or to the prehistoric Grotte de Pech-Merle. Even a day trip to Spain is possible - but don't forget your passport!
If you're feeling energetic, there are numerous sporting activities to choose from. In the nearby forests of the Grésigne and Sivens, there are wonderful walks and nature trails. If you prefer more leisurely pursuits, there are local markets, bastides and châteaux to visit - that's if you can tear yourself away from Daramousque and its wonderful surroundings!
Tarn-et-Garonne is famous for its delicious regional specialities, such as cassoulet, confit of duck and goose, magret de canard, foie gras, Toulouse sausage, Roquefort cheese, goats' cheese, black truffles... the list is endless. Many of the local restaurants feature these traditional dishes and delicacies on their menus. The famous wines of this region include wines from Cahors, Madiran, Bergerac and Gaillac. Château de Terride is the local château (10 minutes from Daramousque) and, as with all the wine producers, tastings can be arranged.
Markets are held in the nearby towns and villages every day of the week, where you'll find the best seasonal fruit and vegetables, local cheeses, meat specialities, wines and traditional arts and crafts. The Midi-Pyrénées has a well-deserved reputation for its top-quality fruit. The Tarn-et-Garonne produces a very high proportion of the area’s plums, white and yellow peaches, melons, table grapes, apricots and cherries, which are ripe for picking (and eating) from May to September.
After all that food, you can burn up some calories with some walking, cycling, swimming, tennis, horse riding, canoeing, golf, fishing, microlight flying... or visit museums, galleries, châteaux, bastides, churches, vineyards and antique shops. There are also art exhibitions by local artists and jewellery-makers, horse & livestock shows and music festivals to suit all tastes, from jazz to opera.