Here is a selection of activities you may wish to do .
Antiques and Brocante
Walking - Great area for walking with marked paths criss-crossing
the region. Le Clozet is on a part of the pilgrim route of St James
of Compostella that runs from Agen to Condom and passes at the side
of our house. Our section is 8kms long and goes to Condom via La
Water activities - within 30 minutes are numerous man-made lakes
(plan d’eau), many with sandy beaches. The nearest is at Castera
Verduzan. There is also a large campsite at Lectoure, Lac des Trois
Valles where one can enjoy a range of activities. Fishing is
permitted in many of the irrigation lakes and rivers - lists of
fishable sites and permits can be bought from any of the region’s
Walibi Water Fun Park - near to Agen. This is a great family day
out. Full of rides and activities for all ages, even scary ones,
there are numerous bars and restaurants on-site. Not cheap but
families benefit from a good group reduction.
Cycling - a number of cycles available for guests at Le Clozet. For
more serious cyclists bring your own as the region is quiet with
little traffic. Safe for families with little children. Good off-
road routes as well for mountain bikes. In high season bikes can be
hired at Lectoure. Labastide d'Armagnac, 45 kms away, is well worth
a visit. It has a small chapel, Notre-Dame-des-Cyclistes - which is
France's own official sanctuary for racers.
Golf clubs - 4 courses within 15 - 45 mins, nearest being the well
rated Golf de Fleurance which is built around an 18c Gasconne house.
Many natural obstructions such as streams, lakes, trees and valleys,
and dotted with numerous bunkers. Classed as a 9+9 with many
different re-start points, it gives the impression of being a real
18 hole course. Classed as the ninth best 9 hole in France. Due to
the wonderful Gers climate it is open all year. It also has a good
restaurant with special golfers' menus starting at 10 euros. Other
courses are Gold Club de Guinlet near Eauze; the 18-hole Golf d'Auch-
Embats which also has a good restaurant. The 9 hole Golf de la
Martines near L’Isles Jourdain, The 9+9 Golf de Gascogne near
Massaube and the 9+9 Golf du Chateau de Pallane at Tissac.
Horse riding - there are several local centres, including La Plume
and La Romieu.
Tennis - nearest courts at Saint Mezard (3kms); Large tennis complex
at Condom opposite the new outdoor swimming pool.
Quad-biking - about 35 mins from the house, near Roquelaure, to the
north of Auch.
Horse-racing and Trotting - nearest course is at Castera-Verduzan,
Another large course is near to Beaumont de Lomagne.
Car and Motorcycle racing - Circuit Paul Armagnac at Nogaro, 50
miles south west, is a modern challenging circuit. Events most of
the year. Club days are good where you see amateurs flogging their
pride and joy around the track.
Flying - Good flying clubs at all the local airports, Agen and Auch.
You can also learn to parachute at Agen. Hang-gliding and para-
gliding at St Clar, 30 kms away.
Antiques and Brocante - Every town has at least one brocante. Many
fairs throughout the year. In the season you can visit an
outdoor “Vide Grenier” a type of boot sale. Have done them myself
and they are great fun, there are still bargains to be had.