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BioVallée Lauragais: earth, material and the art of producing differently
Launched in 2010 to coordinate local efforts in the field, the business hub “BioVallée Lauragais” is part of the green economy in the Lauragais region, known for its potential in terms of agriculture and the food industry. Revel gave itself solid economic structures to support the entrepreneurs based in town or wishing to settle in the area. With the help of fellow-farmers and breeders, small businesses are supported in their development and led to valorise the quality and biodiversity of the region. “BioVallée Lauragais” brings together initiatives and energies with the common goal of a sustainable growth based on authenticity and innovation.

Riquet, the providential man
Pierre-Paul Riquet had the genius and consistency of collecting water from springs and from the brooks of the Montagne Noire to create the Royal Canal of Languedoc, known today as Canal du Midi. By building a 800 metres dyke in the 17th century to form a 6.3 million m3 lake, he gave Revel and its region a unique environmental dimension. Riquet lived for ten years in Revel, place Philippe VI de Valois, where two of his children were born.

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Paysage des entreprises BioVallée Lauragais © Jean-Luc Sarda
Stage town for the 10th time
County town in a canton of Haute-Garonne (31)
9,780 inhabitants (Revélois)

Economy: Agro-alimentary production, part of the Pays Lauragais organisation under the name Bio Vallée Lauragais, an alliance of businesses that have encouraged and brought about innovation. The art of furniture-making and the expertise of its craftsmen provided the town with its reputation. Today, lots of shops still preserve antiques while also producing contemporary ranges. High school for arts, crafts, woodworking and furniture

Culture: Hall of Philip VI of Valois, its belfry and galleries (14th century), Get Cultural Centre, Lake Saint-Ferréol and dyke (17th century), wood and marquetry museum, Museum and Gardens of the Canal du Midi. Event: St-Ferréol fireworks

Sport: US Football, RC Rugby, UC Revel (cyclo-tourism), Revel Sprinter Club (mountain biking)

Specialities: Cassoulet, capons, millas (cake made of corn flour), poumpet (layered cake), châtines (chocolate)

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, managed greenway, woodlands, lake

Distinctions: Lac de Saint-Ferréol is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of France's 100 most beautiful markets, one of the 25 Grands Sites Midi- Pyrénées, Plus Beaux Détours de France award, town of art of craftsmen, Famille Plus green resort award, gourmet town

Outschakov's glory day

His career cannot compare with those of Eddy Merckx, Rudi Altig, Charly Mottet, Joachim Agostinho or Erik Dekker, the other Tour de France stage winners in Revel. But Sergei Outschakov can be proud to have outwitted a more prestigious rider than himself on that July 15, 1995, when he beat Lance Armstrong to the line. Stuck in his wheel, the American never managed to upstage the Ukrainian, who sealed his own personal grand slam that day after previous stage wins on the Giro and Vuelta. Outschakov even ended winning two stages in the Italian and Spanish Tours and nearly did the same in 1997 on the Tour in Perpignan before being disqualified for irregular sprinting. The stage finally went to France's Laurent Desbiens. Fourteen years after retiring, Outschakov remains a popular figure in the peloton with his playboy looks and his position as a PR man for team Katusha.

Serguei Outschakov a remporté l’étape de Mende à Revel, devant Lance Armstrong © Presse Sports
Stage town for the 10th time
County town in a canton of Haute-Garonne (31)
9,780 inhabitants (Revélois)

Economy: Agro-alimentary production, part of the Pays Lauragais organisation under the name Bio Vallée Lauragais, an alliance of businesses that have encouraged and brought about innovation. The art of furniture-making and the expertise of its craftsmen provided the town with its reputation. Today, lots of shops still preserve antiques while also producing contemporary ranges. High school for arts, crafts, woodworking and furniture

Culture: Hall of Philip VI of Valois, its belfry and galleries (14th century), Get Cultural Centre, Lake Saint-Ferréol and dyke (17th century), wood and marquetry museum, Museum and Gardens of the Canal du Midi. Event: St-Ferréol fireworks

Sport: US Football, RC Rugby, UC Revel (cyclo-tourism), Revel Sprinter Club (mountain biking)

Specialities: Cassoulet, capons, millas (cake made of corn flour), poumpet (layered cake), châtines (chocolate)

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, managed greenway, woodlands, lake

Distinctions: Lac de Saint-Ferréol is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of France's 100 most beautiful markets, one of the 25 Grands Sites Midi- Pyrénées, Plus Beaux Détours de France award, town of art of craftsmen, Famille Plus green resort award, gourmet town

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Places to see

The Bastide
Built in the 14th century I the reign of Philippe VI de Valoirs, Revel is the largest bastide in France. The huge central hall, supported by several wood pillars, is topped by a belfry. Surrounded by half-timber houses overlooking arcades, the square is the heart of the town.

Museum and gardens of Canal du Midi
From 1660 to 1680, Revel was the headquarters of Pierre-Paul Riquet, the constructor of Canal Du Midi. Located near the St Ferreol dyke, the Museum and Gardens of the Canal du Midi tell the tale of this engineering genius and the different stages of the construction of his masterpiece.

Museum of wood and marquetry
The wood and its secrets, the excellence of skills and the transmission of passion are the three halls to discover in this museum. The Xylotheca collects and explains the characteristics of several varieties. The tale and work of several wood masters are told while workshops for adults and children are a chance to have a first experience of woodcraft.

Saint-Ferreol
The dyke built by Pierre-Paul Riquet in the 17th century on the Laudot brook turned St Ferreol into an immense dam, and a crucial reserve of water for the Canal du Midi. Nowadays, the lake is a preserved space for visitors offering countless activities: baths, aquatic games, yachting, strolls, fishing or farniente under the pine-trees.

Rigoles
The rigoles (channels) of La Montagne and La Plaine were built by Pierre-Paul Riquet. They channel the water towards strategic spots and regulate the flow thanks to a system of locks. The banks have been turned into cycling paths for the benefit of riders, walkers and joggers.

 

La halle de Revel, surmontée d’un beffroi © Jean-Luc SardaLe musée de l’incontournable Canal du Midi © Jean-Luc SardaLe musée du bois et de la marqueterie © Musée du bois et de la marqueterieLe lac de Saint-Ferréol est un lieu recherché des promeneurs © Jean-Luc SardaLa rigole de la Plaine compte parmi le vaste système naturel du Canal du Midi © Patrice Thébault
Stage town for the 10th time
County town in a canton of Haute-Garonne (31)
9,780 inhabitants (Revélois)

Economy: Agro-alimentary production, part of the Pays Lauragais organisation under the name Bio Vallée Lauragais, an alliance of businesses that have encouraged and brought about innovation. The art of furniture-making and the expertise of its craftsmen provided the town with its reputation. Today, lots of shops still preserve antiques while also producing contemporary ranges. High school for arts, crafts, woodworking and furniture

Culture: Hall of Philip VI of Valois, its belfry and galleries (14th century), Get Cultural Centre, Lake Saint-Ferréol and dyke (17th century), wood and marquetry museum, Museum and Gardens of the Canal du Midi. Event: St-Ferréol fireworks

Sport: US Football, RC Rugby, UC Revel (cyclo-tourism), Revel Sprinter Club (mountain biking)

Specialities: Cassoulet, capons, millas (cake made of corn flour), poumpet (layered cake), châtines (chocolate)

Sustainable development: 20km of cycle paths, managed greenway, woodlands, lake

Distinctions: Lac de Saint-Ferréol is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of France's 100 most beautiful markets, one of the 25 Grands Sites Midi- Pyrénées, Plus Beaux Détours de France award, town of art of craftsmen, Famille Plus green resort award, gourmet town

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