Vegan-Friendly Holidays in France
Boasting stunning landscapes, a rich culture and heritage, and a favourable climate, the southwest of France is an attractive holiday destination. Cycling and walking holidays are particularly popular in the region, with a plethora of guides providing information on the many scenic hiking and biking trails. The Tarn – the départment in which La Bonne Echappée is located – has been variously described as "the Tuscany of France" and "one of the country's best kept secrets". As if it needs any further recommendation, the Tarn produces some delicious wines, with wine tasting (or dégustation de vins) another popular activity among visitors to the area.
France has not traditionally been known as the most veg-friendly of travel destinations (a slight understatement!). But things are beginning to change, and it would be a shame for vegan holidaymakers to miss out on exploring such a beautiful part of the world. Plant-based options are beginning to appear on restaurant menus and there is a growing willingness to accommodate vegan meal requests with a little notice. HappyCow and VegOresto are good online tools for finding veg-friendly restaurants in the towns you plan to visit. And, of course, you can call with us at La Bonne Echappée for a delicious lunch, or – if the stars align – a Friday night vegan supper club!
There is an abundance of self-catered accommodation available throughout the Tarn, but many hotels and chambres d'hôtes (bed and breakfasts) can provide a vegan breakfast if you prefer a catered option. HappyCow also provides a vegan-friendly B&B travel guide, and we can help you find suitable lodging in the Gaillac area should you require any advice or recommendations. Feel free to drop us a line if you would like more information.
Vegan Wine Tasting
Wine-tasting is a very enjoyable activity and a fun way to spend an afternoon (especially by bike!). But for vegans it can be a chore to enquire at every winery whether or not their wines are crafted without the use of animal products. All the wines served in our café are vegan-friendly and sourced from the Gaillac area, and we can advise you on the best domaines to visit to enjoy some vegan wine-tasting. Our hybrid rental bikes can be equipped with panniers should you wish to purchase a few bottles of your favourite discovery! This is also a perfect activity for a vegan hen party or stag party.
Nearby Vegan-friendly Businesses
Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val (a charming medieval market town in Tarn-et-Garonne) is where you will find Le Cheval Blanc, a beautiful sixteenth century auberge. Here, Natalie and Peter offer exemplary accommodation, delicious vegan breakfasts, and gourmet evening meals by arrangement. La Roane, just outside the town, is a yoga retreat serving vegetarian food, and is run by Anna Shamash and her father Nigel. Courses are offered from May to October.