Castres: the tourist office records good attendance this summer

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Return of foreigners, more activities offered… The Castres-Mazamet tourist office saw a lot of people pass through its offices in July.

Despite the heat wave and a health crisis still in the background even if there are no more restrictions, the Castres-Mazamet tourist office has recorded a good interim report for this summer. In July, 4,887 people passed through the doors of the Castres (3,052) and Mazamet (1,835) offices. For the wool city, it is also much more than in 2019 before the Covid. But it must be said that since the opening hours of the Mazametan office have been considerably extended and that is where you have to pick up the harnesses to do the new via ferrata. In Castres, we find similar figures to last year which was already a good season. But the remarkable figure is the 25% increase in people informed. This shows an interest of tourists for the activities offered in the area. “They actually consume more than that in terms of activities offered or objects sold in our offices,” says Fabienne Van Eeckhout, director of the Castres-Mazamet tourist office. It must be said that the tourist office has gone all out this season. “We are indeed offering more activities than usual”, continues Fabienne Van Eeckhout, citing new features such as offbeat visits or those of know-how in addition to the usual traditional visits. Without forgetting the yoga in the middle of nature (see below) or the initiations to angling and crayfish which work very well. “We are the only tourist office in the department to have a partnership with the Tarn fishing federation”, confides the director who has established a relationship with Tarn fishermen to develop fishing tourism in the Castres-Mazamet urban community. .

The postcard remains timeless

In terms of tourists, the stay advisers of the Castres office have noted a return of foreigners such as the English and the Spaniards who had obviously deserted the region during the health crisis. Motorhomes and pilgrims are also numerous. But tourists mainly come from the Occitanie region even if “people from the North” are well represented. “People’s demand has shifted towards activities related to the heat wave,” says Sylvain, travel advisor. We are asked for bathing places or hikes in the Black Mountain and in the Sidobre”. The Mazamet footbridge is also one of the places favored by visitors. Finally, in terms of souvenirs, the top 3 of the best-selling items in the shop are the postcards which remain timeless, magnets and local products.

Yoga in the heart of nature, let yourself be tempted

It’s a novelty and a great opportunity for yoga enthusiasts (and there are many of them)! The Castres-Mazamet Tourist Office has set up a yoga program in total connection with nature, three variations of sessions open to all: cool yoga, panoramic yoga and summit yoga (15 euros per session, by reservation at the Tourist Office, Castres or Mazamet). “A moment of relaxation, relief and relaxation of body and mind”.
For yoga in the cool, Sonia Myléne, speaker for all the yoga sessions, offers: “A yoga on the shores of the Lac des Montagnes, in a green setting, in the freshness and in the gentle awakening of its waters. Swimming possible after the session. Sessions on Thursday August 11 or/and Tuesday August 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For panoramic yoga, Sonia advises: “Get high with morning yoga in the heart of the medieval village of Hautpoul, with an exceptional panorama , a veritable breath of fresh air for body and soul”.
Thursday August 11 and/or Tuesday August 23 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Finally, for yoga at the top: at the peak of your form with a session at the Pic de Nore: “Soak up the unspoiled nature at the highest peak of the Black Mountain, an exceptional view and environment”. Wednesday, August 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Information and registration: Castres: 05 63 62 63 62 / Mazamet: 05 63 61 27 07.

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