Welcome to Albi - The city of the Past
Albi is a French commune in the south of France, capital of the Tarn in the Midi-Pyrénées and the seat of the Archbishop. It is the main city of the metropolitan area in the Albigensian, is positioned as the third largest city in the Midi-Pyrénées region, after Montauban and Toulouse in terms of population. Albi is also the second economic city in the region. If you come there, you will really enjoy visiting its historic center and mainly its monuments dating from several centuries. The episcopal city, situated in the center of the actual city, around the cathedral, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010.You will have the possibility to do all those things with a really beautiful sunny weather and a great temperature to wear your shorts and sunglasses.
Albi was built around the original cathedral episcopal group of buildings. Albi is one of the main cities built in Languedoc-style red brick. Among the buildings of the town is the Sainte Cecile cathedral, a masterpiece of the Southern Gothic style, built between the 13th and 15th centuries. It is characterised by a strong contrast between its austere, defensive exterior and its sumptuous interior decoration. Built as a statement of the Christian faith after the upheavals of the Cathar heresy, this gigantic brick structure was embellished over the centuries: the Dominique de Florence Doorway, the 78 m high bell tower, the Baldaquin over the entrance (1515–1540). The rood screen a filigree work in stone in the Flamboyant Gothic style. It is decorated with a magnificent group of polychrome statuary carved by artists from the Burgundian workshops of Cluny and comprising over 200 statues, which have retained their original colours.
Food in Albi is very good and economical: most restaurants specialize in local terroir, with the usual cassoulet, foie gras and duck, accompanied by fine Gaillac wine. Also widely available are “lou tastou”, tapas-sized portions which permit you to sample a variety of dishes without breaking the bank. For night-time music, predominantly Latin, there is Picadelli and No Name. O' Sullivans is the Irish-style option. If you are more quiet, Theatre de la Croix-Blanche is the right place for you: here you could coming to see people playing.
The covered market is a nice place to buy food and goodies, you will find it in the heart of the city and it is easy walk from basilica. In Albi Mall you will find over 100 shops including a hypermarket, a good electronics shop and several boutiques with genuine. You can also go to Toulouse, which is one of the biggest city of France and there you will find everything you are looking for.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour.
Albi experiences an oceanic climate. Like much of southwestern France, the summers tend to be warmer and the winters milder than most areas of similar classification. Substantial summer rainfall prevents its climate from being classified as Mediterranean.
Albi is served by two train stations on the line from Toulouse to Rodez: Albi Madelaind and Albi Ville that is biggest. The city has also the urban transport network Alibus which is the headquarter of the department network TamBus. Moreover, it is served by the aerodrome of Albi, Le Sequestre at around 2.5 km southwest of the city. Finally, there are also national and international airports: Toulose Blagnac, Castres-Mazamet and Rodez-Marcillac.