Out and About
The thriving local economy is substantially derived from agricultural and artisan’s enterprise. World famous examples of the latter being producers of Paté de foie gras, wine and Armagnac.
As there has never been any large-scale industrial developments in the Department it has remained environmentally intact. With its picturesque hills, dense oak woods and hedged fields, the Gers is one of the few remaining regions where the eco-system remains balanced and the atmosphere unpolluted.
Due to its special local climate, there are many pristine bathing resorts and spas to offer, including the internationally renowned Barbotan-les-Thermes health spa in the Armagnac region, in the north west of the Department.
The city of Toulouse, with its international airport, aerospace centre, its shopping centres and its old, traditional University, can be reached in just over an hour by car.
Lourdes is only 90 km away and both the Atlantic Ocean (the dunes of Arcachon, Biarritz) and the Mediterranean Sea (Sete, Narbonne, and Perpignan) is 200 km in distance.
The Pyrenees are also very close and in a little over an hours travelling you can find the most wonderful skiing slopes and plenty of walking, climbing and ”Tour de France” cycling.