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No, Condom is not renowned for its small population, although it is known as the small capital of Armagnac even if it has more inhabitants than Eauze, the other `capital'. It is in fact a charming and active town, the administrative centre of its area, where the maximum use has been made of the old buildings that so enrich the town.

It is built on the river Baise, still lined by old quays where in the last century armagnac used to be loaded on to boats for the journey to Bordeaux, and where river tours run today.

Things to do in Condom

Canoe and Kayak upstream from dam. Club. Canoe and Kayak
Fishing River Base and nearby Garonne Fishing

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Things to see in Condom

Larressingle - Very picturesque small fortified village Medieval fortifications
Known as the Carcassone of the Gers, this small fortified village has survived the turbulent centuries remarkably well. Its 270 metres of ramparts, which protected the bishops of Condom until the 16th century, are still largely intact.
Flaran Abbey Cathedrals and Abbeys
The Abbey of Flaran was founded by the Cistercians in 1151, but like so many similar buildings suffered considerably from centuries of violent conflict. By this century it has become an agricultural building, used to store barrels of armagnac. Since 1970, however, an enormous effort has been made to restore it, and it now houses the department's cultural centre.
St Pierre, 16th Century Cathedral Cathedrals and Abbeys
Rebuilt between 1507 and 1531, this majestic cathedral is one of the last Gothic buildings in the Gers. Indeed certain Renaissance tendencies can already be seen emerging. Grandiose stained glass windows from the last and this century.
Cloisters Historic remains
Flamboyant arched cloisters built in the 16th century and restored in the 19th, which gives access to the small chapel of St Catherine.
Templars Tower, 13th Century Historic remains
Museum of Armagnac Museums
An interesting collection of old wine-making materials including an 18 ton press and an 18 litre bottle. Open mid-June to end of September, visits out of season by appointment only
Market Wednesday Shopping and Markets
La Romieu Small villages
The village was founded as a sauveté in 1082, and is a good and pretty example of this kind of protected village. But it is most remarkable for its magnificent old ecclesiastical college building, built in the 14th century and out of all proportion to the village. It boasts two of the finest towers in the Gers.
Montcrabeau Small villages
This village perched on the top of a hill is a must for all politicians and public relations officers. First sunday of August they hold the fête des menteurs, literally `fête of liars'. The competitor who tells the tallest story is pronounced `roi des Menteurs' (`king of the liars') and all participants are awarded the Brevet de Menteur which allows you to be economical with the truth at any time and at any place!

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