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Mazamet is a town in the Midi-Pyrenees Region of southern France. Mazamet is located midway between Toulouse and the Mediterranean Sea coast at Narbonne. The Montagne Noire mountain range and its highest peak, Pic de Nore, are just south of Mazamet. Car hire in Mazamet is a convenient travel choice.
The town has a history as a wool and leather production centre. Heritage tours of the town take in old factories and production outlets. The House of Memories is a museum in the town and depicts the areas history. Maison du Bois et du Joue is a toy museum and play centre in Mazamet.
Mazamets streets are picturesque and offer views of the surrounding mountains. Using car rental in Mazamet the ancient village of Hautpoul is five kilometres south of Mazamet and features a hilltop castle, stone cottages and relaxing cafés. Hautpoul is the gateway to the Montagne Noire.
The Montagne Noire offers trekking trails through forests leading to commanding viewpoints of the Thore Valley and Mazamet. From Mazamet with a car hire in Mazamet the D612 route leads to Castres, around 20kms away. Castres is on the River Agout. The river is lined with attractive old houses. The stately Church of Saint Benoit is Castres landmark site.
The Goya Museum is housed in the 17th century Bishop's Palace and contains the biggest compilation of Spanish paintings in France. South of Mazamet the D118 leads to the magical fortified city of Carcassonne. The city contains narrow cobbled lanes and small squares filled with handicraft shops and cafés. A budget travel choice is cheap car hire in Mazamet.