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Val de Garonne / Gascogne

King of the strawberry, tomato and asparagus, Val de Garonne, is primarily an area for vegetable growing in this region. Here, the Garonne River increasing in size at the junction with the Lot River before joining the Gironde estuary, provides rich agricultural land. The visitor can enjoy wandering along the riverbanks or the canal by foot or by bike. The town of Marmande, created by Richard the Lionheart in 1182, is the third largest town of the Lot and Garonne. Tonneins, another large town, lies to the west of Marmande and the east of Agen. Casteljaloux can be found on the borders of Les Landes.

MARMANDE

Marmande 'the beautiful' is the vegetable capital of the area and credits its wealth and quiet atmosphere to the gift of nature - the Garonne meadow which surrounds Marmande. The town is located equidistant between Bordeaux and Agen. Marmande is the tomato capital. It also has a beautiful park and lovely squares you can wander round in the town centre. It is also a place which has many cultural events during the high season. 

Tonneins is also located on the banks of the Garonne River. Since 1726 the manufacture of tobacco by royal command has taken place here. Tobacco is another famous product of the region. You can discover the Val de Garonne by “Gabare”. The Gabares are traditional wooden flat-bottomed boats, the design of which has been used for transporting goods along rivers for many centuries. Fourques sur Garonne has Gabare trips for tourists. In Tonneins you can have a pleasant walk along the banks of the Garonne River. The town is also a great centre for water sports …

In Gontaud de Nogaret, you can visit a former priory with its 13th century façade and the old wooden market hall at the centre of town.

Make a short stop in Mas d’Agenais, a former Roman city where Vénus du Mas was discovered during some archaeological digs. The statue is now exhibited in Agen. Go into St Vincent Church and see a masterpiece of Rembrandt's painted in 1631…

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In Couthures sur Garonne, visit 'Gens de Garonne' (people from Garonne). This is a 3D cine-show showing the way of life of local people who have been subjected to the vagaries of the rivers that feature in their daily lives. There are some small temporary exhibitions to see…

Finally, at the border of the Landes forests and the Garonne Valley, you can stop in Casteljaloux, a tourist attraction with sport and leisure activities and campsites. Here everything is organised around 'green tourism'. With the influence of nearby Landes, Casteljaloux is also very busy during the high season. The Gascony cadets headquarters is located here. Many events are organised, including a feria (fair) in August…

FOCUS ON THE WINES OF BUZET

Wonderful small vineyards are located on the left riverbank of the Garonne, very close to the Landes forests. Red, rosés or white wines are available.

We especially like the red wines which are light and scented and are very pleasant to drink.

Put in barrels, they reach maturity after a few years. Varieties of merlot, cabernet Franc and sauvignon are produced.