The Gers region is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of France. Because of the rolling landscape of this area (also known as the Gascogne) it is often referred to as “the Tuscany of France” and not without reason: Sun-soaked farmhouses with colourfully painted shutters nestle in stunning fields of sunflowers and leafy vineyards, here and there dotted with churches, chapels or beautiful small villages.
Within walking distance of our campsite, is the picturesque village of Lavardens with its impressive castle.
In the spa town Castéra-Verduzan, a ten minutes drive away, you can visit the thermal baths or the recreational lake with a small beach. In addition, you will find several restaurants, a baker, a butcher, and a small supermarket.
More shops and supermarkets can be found 15km away in Fleurance, which also has a bustling weekly market every Tuesday in and around the old city centre.
Auch is the capital of Gers, and also the largest city in the immediate surroundings, with its “Centre Historique”, the impressive cathedral and the statue of D’Artagnan, all just a 24km drive from our campsite.
You can enjoy local markets almost every day:
Wednesday: Condom, Jégun, Valence-sur-Baïse
Thursday: Auch, Saint-Clar
Friday: Lectoure, Vic-Fezensac;
Saturday: Fleurance (only food)
There are also evening markets, marchés gourmands and flea markets.
For your further daily shopping needs you can go to supermarkets in Fleurance, Condom and Castéra-Verduzan. In Auch you will find the very big shops like Leclerc and Decathlon.
On the campsite itself we offer a very small shop in case of emergency.
Other sights in the surroundings
Our campsite is especially suitable for doing nothing: simply lounging by the swimming pool or taking in the peace and quiet whilst enjoying a good book and a glass of wine in your hammock. However, if you are not that good at doing nothing, there is a lot to see, to do and to experience on and around Domaine Les Angeles.
There are many restaurants in the region, from gastronomical standouts to more casual brasseries and pizzerias, too many to mention here. We will be happy to provide recommendations and to arrange a table reservation for you.
Our campsite provides the space to play some ping-pong, volleybal or badminton. And since we’re in France, there is also space for a game of boules/pétanque. Children can enjoy a small playhouse, swings and a slide, plus of course our swimming and paddling pools are more than welcoming on a hot, sunny day. Children may also enjoy our small pond with some fish waiting to be caught; bring your own rod or line and see if you get any bites!
The surroundings of the campsite offer excellent opportunities for walking and hiking, with the GR de Pays nearby. Cycling and mountainbiking tracks start just in front of the campsite, so bring your walking shoes or mountainbike, and we will supply the maps.
For guests who like to play golf, there are three splendid golf courses nearby in Auch, Eauze and Fleurance. In Beaucaire-sur-Baïse you can canoe on the Baïse river, and near Pavie, 3 kilometres south of Auch, you’ll find ‘Le vert en l’air’, an adventure and climbing park offering courses suitable for children from 3 years of age to more challenging courses for the over 12. There is a lake with beach in Castéra-Verduzan (base de loisirs).
Culture & architecture
There are several historical, archaeological and art museums in the region, and plenty of castles, cathedrals, convents and abbeys to discover as well. The Château de Lavardens is within walking distance of the campsite. A bit further away, the Cathedral of Condom and the Abbey of Flaran are worth a visit as well. The town of Condom also boasts a famous 2.3m high bronze statue of D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers, a must for any fan of the famous Alexander Dumas story. All for one, and one for all!
The cuisine of the Gers region still luxuriates in the traditionally generous servings of rich delicacies. The famous (or infamous) Foie gras, confit de canard and cassoulet are probably the best known regional products. There are also local strong spirits, like the Armagnac and Floc-de-Gascogne, and local wines such as Côtes de Gascogne. Tastings are available on serveral farms.
A little more than a one hour drive away you will find the beautiful city of Toulouse; the famous pilgrimage town of Lourdes, a two hour drive from the campsite, is certainly worth a daytrip as well. Especially recommended for children is the Walibi amusement park near Agen and the spectacular Cité de l`Espace in Toulouse are big attractions. The Airbus site and museum, Aeroscopia in Toulouse offers comprehensive tours highlighting all stages of the famous airplane’s creation, from design and production through to a full-scale mock-up of the fuselage and cabin you can walk through.