Montauban, France

Rail Guide to Montauban


Montauban is one of the oldest towns in southern France, having been founded in 1144. Architectural landmarks dating back to the 14th century remain, such as the Pont Vieux (Old Bridge and the Church of Saint Jacques, although parts of this have been rebuilt over the years. The main square is the Place Nationale, which is enclosed by pretty red brick buildings with arches that open onto courtyard cafes. Montauban’s main economy is still largely agriculture; tours of local farms can be booked in advance. Every Saturday a food market takes place where you can buy local preserves, cheeses and foie gras; wine is also a big deal given the region’s vineyards. During World War II the Mona Lisa was hidden from the Nazis in a local wine cellar.