Lavaur © Tarn Tourisme / Pascale Walter 1/1


On the Occitanie Rail Tour

Discover Lavaur

Once a stronghold of the Cathars, Lavaur played a central role in woad farming in the 16th century. Did you know? Woad is a plant from which a blue pigment was extracted, then pressed into balls called “cocagnes”. This flourishing trade gave rise to the legendary Land of Cocagne, an area between Toulouse, Albi and Carcassonne.


Lavaur is a city of character with a Languedoc flavour, with highlights that will delight visitors.

In Lavaur, you'll enjoy: 

  • Seeing the—one-of-a-kind—Lavaur automaton (jacquemart) ringing the hours in the Saint-Alain cathedral belfry.
  • Chatting with local producers at the big Saturday morning market.
  • Picnicking or napping on the Plô esplanade.

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