The village of Loubens-Lauragais
Nearing the castle, the village is located on top of one of the many hills of the Lauragais, the region of the pastel, a plant from which was extracted the famous blue color. The village displays well restored homogeneous houses with "colombage" dating from the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries. The covered market and the church date from the XVIth century. At the entrance of the village an old wind pastel mill remains.
Not to be missed
in the surrounding area
On the north side: Lavaur, 16 km, its cathedral and the old city; Giroussens
and its gardens (Jardins des Martels).
On the east side, the city of Revel (24 km) and its covered market; close-by,
the Black Mountain and the Saint-Ferréol bassin which provides water
for the classified world patrimony Canal du Midi (24 km); the picturesque
village of Saint-Felix (15 km), its abbay
and its castle close to the castle of Le Vaux and of Montgey overlooking the vast plain
On the north-east side, the very beautiful castle of Roquevidal (12 km);
the little city of Puylaurens (20 km), an ancient Cathar town, renowned
for its picturesque market on Wednesdays.
The Pastel Road
(la Route du pastel)
The Loubens-Lauragais Castle is set on the Pastel road (see in page Links). There used
to be number of pastel mills in the park. The castle archives often mention