Hautpoul up against
the mountainside is the heart of the town and dominates the valley. Founded by the Visigoths
in, it is said, 413, this ancient fortified village became the powerful fiefdom of the seigneurs
of Hautpoul. A refuge for the Cathar heretics in early medieval times, it was besieged and sacked
during the course of the Albigensian crusade (13th century). Those inhabitants who managed to escape,
descended the valley to a spot known as the "Mas Arnette". Amongst them was one Clarie, known as
"the Cathar child with the comb of gold". According to legend, this comb, on falling into the river,
gave the refugees the power that enabled them go on and establish the wealth of the town. This wealth
was based on the textile industry, which developed there, to be followed, in the nineteenth century,
by the woollen industry which established Mazamet as a world-centre for the wool-finishing process.
Today things have moved on once more and the region has new horizons.
Have you heard the legend of the beating heart of the Montagne Noire? Just listen...
A TOWN OF LIGHT AND
Here in the Mazamet region you are at the precise point known as the
"partage des eaux" where all rivers to the west run to the Atlantic
while those to the south and east flow into the Mediterranean.
There is a wide choice of activities: walks, riding, cycling, swimming,
tennis, golf, boating, speleology, climbing...for the more sportive.
Indolent siestas beside the lake or leisurely walks along the footpaths...
for the more laid back.
A TOWN OF WIND AND STONE
Nature (between torment and harmony) and man have conspired together to create
this land of multiple contrasts.
This is "border country" (between the Hérault and the Tarn, between Languedoc
and the Midi-Pyrénées, between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean
climates). There is much to explore. Wander freely around the lakes and peaks, forests
and causeways, roads and paths to your heart's content.
Let yourself be carried along (like the streams that flows down from the mountains)
through this lantern-show of light and shade in your own time and at your own rhythm.
MAZAMET GOLF CLUB
- LA BAROUGE
81660 Pont de lArn
This attractive delightfully wooded golf course, first laid out in 1956, is certainly
one of the finest in the region. An attractive stream (the Issales) passes through the course
which lies at the foot of the Montagne Noire. It is a traditional club offering a friendly
welcome and sport of the highest quality. Restaurant du Club House Telephone 05 63 61 08 00
18 holes - Par 7O - 5635m. - Slope 126 - Practice green
Professional: Bruno Michel
Low season (Oct-May): weekdays/weekend: 3O
High season (June-Sept): weekdays/weekend: 40
Open every day Secretary: 05 63 61 06 72 - Fax 05 63 61 13 03
Office du Tourisme de Mazamet Rue des Casernes 812OO Mazamet
Telephone 05 63 61 27 07
Open throughout the year.
Chambre de Commerce et dIndustrie 3 Cours René Reille 81200 Malamute
Telephone 05 63 61 00 33
Mairie Place Hôtel de Ville 81200 Mazamet
Telephone 05 63 61 02 55
Allow ourself to be charmed by its
villages, its caves, its dolmens, its "lavoirs" (for washing wool), the Montagne Noire,
its archaeological remains and, in general, by the rich tourist heritage of the Tarn.