A gorgeous little village on the top of a hill. St Bertrand de Comminges is a captivating Roman-Gothic town with 2,100 years of history that you can sense and feel as you wander the cobblestone streets.
The incredible thing about our visit was the lack of people on the streets. We arrived around 10.30am, and the only people we saw were a couple of workers outside the cathedral, and a lady opening her souvenir shop close by. It was like no-one had bothered getting out of bed yet, but we didn’t mind because we virtually had the whole village to ourselves.
The truth is there’s not much to see in the way of individual attractions, instead the whole town is the attraction. There’s St Marie’s Cathedral of course that you can see perched on top of the hill as you approach by car from the road. However, it’s a nice way to spend an hour before moving on to your next destination.
The surrounding area also has plenty to keep visitors interested. The archeological site at the base of the hill provides a glimpse to a time many centuries ago, while the nearby St-Just Basilica is, in my opinion, more attractive than the Cathedral. And a drive through the towns of Valcabrère and St Martin just a minute or two away is a pleasant experience.
Take a look at our video as we captured our time in St Bertrand de Comminges in 56 seconds.