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In Mazamet and around, every lake and valley, every park and garden, every little nook, is worthy of attention.


The Black Mountain

Sandwiched between the Lauragais plain to the north and the Minervois plain to the south, the 'La Montagne Noire' is the south-western tip of the Massif Central. It stretches over 70 km from east to west and extends over three departments (Tarn, Aude and Hérault).
The summit of the Pic de Nore, 1211 metres, offers a 360 ° view as far as the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea.
The slopes on the Tarn side, with Mazamet sheltering beneath, are influenced by the oceanic climate and are home to a particularly rich vegetation of oak, conifer and chestnut. 

The gorgesof the Banquet

The precipitous valley of the Banquet has been carved out of the granite by the river Arn. The Banquet is one of the most interesting natural curiosities of the area only 8 km away on the Vintrou road. It can be explored either on foot, with climbing gear, or by canyoning. 

The Menhir des Prats

The Menhir des Prats(called peyro ficado) is the highest in Tarn with 4metres high, in granite; its shape is like a rough statue


There are many natural and artificial lakes near Mazamet: les Montagnès, les Saints-Peyres and le Pas des bêtes are good places for swimming and walking.

Montagnès lake

This lake, just off the Carcassonne road, is situated in a majestic site in thickly wooded country. It’s a peaceful spot at an altitude of 680 metres and has been developed with respect for the countryside. It is a place to relax or stroll, and through the seasons there is always something for families to enjoy, whether it is water games on the beach, fishing, rambling, or mountain biking
There is a free minibus shuttle from the centre of Mazamet in July and August.
Boating prohibited.

Saints Peyres lake

Saints Peyres is the most natural of the lakes and is said to resemble the Canadian lakes. The forest is predominant and dense along its 10 km of banks which are quite steep in places.  Fishermen, ramblers, and nature-lovers of all sorts are in their element. However access to the waterfront is difficult as few arrangements have been made. Not far away there is an arboretum, and a little further an educational pathway through the ‘Puech Balmes’ wetlands which is the delight of families searching for the “Wetlands Dragon.” (Dragon de la Sagne.)

Flood barrier of Pas des Bêtes

In picturesque surroundings at 550 m and listed as a natural and ecological heritage site for fauna and flora: this is a natural arboretum which also shelters more than 70 species of mushroom, aquatic bird life and of course fish in the lake.


Mazamet has won “Three Flowers” in the national awards thanks to more than 75000 plants raised in the municipal greenhouses and nearly 80000 m2 of public space and gardens. For more than 25 years Mazamet has enjoyed everything to please the keen garden lover.


Parc de la Molière

It was a Mazamet industrialist who created of this park between 1927 and 1931. It used to contain a mansion, workshop, keeper’s lodge, farm and mill. Today only the farmhouse survives, as a restaurant, and also the trees in the park through which you can walk on the heart-shaped path.  There are oak, horse and sweet chestnut, pine, fir, spruce, lime, and poplar …

Jardin des promenades

Mazamet’s public park was created in 1877 and re-landscaped in the 60’s with cedar, sweet chestnut, lime, elm, walnut, maple, magnolia, monkey puzzle, ginkgo, and many other species.
The four avenues are lined with poplar; there is a water garden, a music pavilion from 1903, a playground, and the war memorial. It is just the place for relaxing in the shade, or playing ‘petanque,’ and is right next to the ‘Palais des Congrès’ It is the scene of many social occasions and exhibitions, the flower show and many other events.


The medieval garden

In this special garden, tucked away just next to the village bread oven, you will find plants typical of the middle ages: vegetable food plants in the ‘hortus,’ aromatics and simples in the ‘herbularius,’ fruit trees in the orchard, dye producing and flowering plants in Mary’s garden. It’s a peaceful spot for relaxation and contemplation, and entrance is free.

Cormouls Houlès garden

In the mid-nineteenth century, during the industrial expansion which was to make Mazamet world centre of fellmongering, the Cormouls Houles family who owned part of the site of the ancient church, St Sauveur, founded two factories along the banks of the river Arnette.  They also built a school for the workers’ children, and a garden park on the hill-side, open to all. It boasted winding paths and steps, towers, panoramic views, arbours, domed bird cages, and other ornamental structures, and was built in 1858 and 1859.
The footpath ‘Au fil de l’eau’ takes you through the spectacular remains of these gardens. 
Download: Au fil de l'eau

Camelias garden

The Camellia Garden behind the ‘maison Fuzier’ contains different species of camellia.



Following the great industrial period of Mazamet camellia bushes and trees flourished in our town. They are still present everywhere and are honoured by the name of a street or a garden.
In homage both to the town of Mazamet and to the long history of two families of nurserymen, the horticultural nursery Cascatelles has created the red and white camellia named ‘Mazamet Town’ propagated through cuttings by the Thobys, husband and wife.
To see the different varieties and learn their history follow:  « Mazamet, sur la piste du Camélia ».



Pépinières des Cascatelles

Pépinières des Cascatelles – Horticultural Nursery
Alain and Francoise produce 300 varieties of camellia, and also rhododendrons, azalea, Japanese maple, kalmias, hydrangea, dogwood, and daphne. Starting in Nantes in 1860, the family’s interest in camellia has continued in our nurseries in Mazamet since 1984 where it enjoys a favourable Atlantic microclimate with Mediterranean influence.

Alain et Françoise Thoby
La Manotte


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telephone to visit between 15th October – 15th May

Camellia grow best in a mild damp climate and resist temperatures as low as -15° or even -20° as is proven by the existence of hundred year old specimens that have survived severe winters. With care, camellia can be grown almost anywhere in France. They should be planted in a shady spot, sheltered from the wind: against a north facing wall for example. In chalky areas of the South of France they should be planted in big pots on a shady terrace sheltered from the wind.

Capucine Flowers

Roxane Maffre (Meilleur Ouvrier de France), manager of ‘Capucine Fleurs,’ is knowledgeable about flowers and how to display them at their best, respecting both the environment and the seasons.

Roxane Maffre (MOF)
Rue Assémat Rives

Opening hours Monday to Friday : 9h-12h and 14h30-19h 
Saturday : 9h-12h30 and 14h30-19h

Advice for a flower display: before putting the flowers in a vase cut the stems under running water with a sharp knife, split the ends and remove excess leaves. Clean the vase thoroughly. Cut the stems again diagonally every two or three days under running water at room temperature. Include a sprig of ivy to keep the water clear and keep the bouquet in a cool place.