City of Revel

The city of Revel was founded in 1342 by King Philippe VI de Valois. This bastide is organized around a central square where the streets converge in a checkerboard pattern. The square is surrounded by galleries of polychrome brick, wood and stone, enhancing the beauty of the medieval hall.

The 14th century market hall is one of the largest in France. The hall measures 39 m on each side and is supported by 79 oak pillars.

On Saturday mornings, this square becomes the center of attraction of the city with a market, elected among “France’s 100 most beautiful markets”. Local producers sell their fresh seasonal products directly to consumers. Ascend to the top of the belfry and enjoy a 360° view of the bastide!

Cabinetmaking is a long-running specialty, passing down from generation to generation. Since the famous Alexandre Monoury opened a shop in 1888, many other cabinetmakers have been making high quality furniture in various styles: Louis XV, Art Deco, Empire, Modern… Revel is a major center for arts and crafts, as confirmed by the label “Ville et métiers d’Art”.

The lake of Saint-Ferréol, the lakeside beach close to Toulouse: The centerpiece of the ingenious device created in the 17th century by Pierre-Paul Riquet to supply water to the Canal du Midi, the lake of Saint-Ferréol, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is a must-visit site in all seasons. With its 80-hectare park, waterfalls, water jets and shaded paths, the site offers all sorts of pleasures: swimming (supervised in summer), fishing, discovering nature, as well as many sports: boats, windsurfing, paddle, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, caving, gliding…


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