The district of Gers is a postcard of walled towns, castles, and rolling hills with vineyards and sunflowers.

**La Romieu is a perfect example – a quick stop (not the town to stay in) that’s quite charming.

La Romieu takes its name from the Gascon word roumiou, or pilgrimage. The village was founded at the end of the 11th century by Albert, a monk returning from a pilgrimage to Rome. It gained greater importance in the 15th century when the church of Saint Pierre was established. This building, Unesco-listed since 1998, has an octagonal bell tower and restored frescoes. The village is pretty with its arcaded square and Les Jardins de Coursiana, a botanical garden open from April to October. There’s a cat theme, with cute statues everywhere (no real cats visible, however).

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