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For those of you who are hungry for life and hungry for discovery, Moissac is the perfect choice for your next holiday. This small town in Tarn-et-Garonne is part of a gastronomic landscape dominated by orchards and AOC Chasselas grapevines. Moissac, a stopover on the Way of Saint James, is also an important French centre of Romanesque art.

Moissac grew up between the sunny slopes where vineyards thrive and the shady banks of the Tarn. The river, spanned by a bridge inaugurated by Napoleon III, is perfect for water sports. Its banks are the ideal place for a stroll.

The slow pace of life in Moissac is coupled with a historic dimension: it is a town at the crossroads of major pedestrian and river traffic routes.
Moissac is home to the Canal de Garonne, an extension of the Canal du Midi that continues on to Bordeaux. Open to pleasure boats, it crosses the Tarn by means of a canal-bridge, a remarkable structure that is worth exploring during a trip along the cycle path of the Deux Mers.

Moissac has also been a major stopover on the Way of Saint James since the Middle Ages, and its reputation endures today. The Abbaye Saint-Pierre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is its focal point.

The portal to the abbey church, founded in the seventh century, is decorated with a monumental tympanum representing the Last Judgement. This tympanum is a masterpiece of Romanesque sculpture. The abbey is also noteworthy for its cloister. Consecrated in the year 1100, it is unique in the world due to its state of conservation and its stylistic perfection. Taking in its beauty, serenity and galleries decorated with 76 carved capitals is a pure visual and spiritual delight.

Finally, take the time to taste the AOC Chasselas grape. This white grape of an exquisite fi nesse has been part of Moissac’s history since the beginning of the 18th century. In 1971 it became the first fresh fruit in France to be awarded an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC). Its translucent berries are fi lled with lots of deliciously fresh juice. Each bunch is picked and treated by hand, with an expertise passed down from generation to generation that the producers will be delighted to demonstrate.

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