The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has recently added over two dozen new sites to the World Heritage List, including the town of Albi in south west France. The old town, on the banks of the river Tarn, dates back to medieval times, reports the Telegraph.
Known for its Toulouse-Lautrec museum, which contains the world's biggest collection of the artist's work, the city is dominated by its spectacular, late 13th century, fortified Cathédrale Sainte-Cécile. The Cathedral is built in a unique southern French Gothic style from local brick in characteristic red and orange colours. The Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), and the Saint-Salvi quarter are testimony to Albi's initial development in the 10th -11th centuries.
Why not be among the first to see the town of Albi enjoying its new status? EasyJet (www.easyjet.com)flies from London Gatwick to Toulouse, about 50 miles south of Albi, for around £100. Check the Albi Tourist Office’s web site for special weekend deals (www.albi-tourisme.fr) , which include a guided tour of the Cathedral and entry to the Toulouse-Lautrec museum in the price of accomodation (just over €60 for two people with breakfast).