"CONDOM" Condom by Lady_Mystique

Condom Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 52 photos

...the "safest" town in FRANCE ? ? ?

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Obviously Condom is a must, if only to send postcards home to prove that you've visited the town with that name.
But actually it's at the centre of one of the most interesting parts of the Gers.
Try to catch the bustling Wednesday market, then look at the 15th century Cathedral, the gothic cloisters - the cloisters are particularly attractive - and the "Musee de l'Armagnac".
Maybe have lunch in one of the attractive little cafes, with their tables spilling into the square in front of the cathedral, or,
for a perfect view of the town, have a drink on the balcony of The Condom Cocktail Club.
Condom is an excellent centre, but its satellite villages are even more interesting.

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Condom...in the heart of the Southwest, with views of the Atlantic and the forests of the Landes to the west, the foothills of the Pyrenees to the south, on the corridor to the Mediterranean to the Southeast, and the valley of the Garonne River to the north, on the road mid-way between Agen and Auch, it is built on the plains of the Baise River.

Condom, because it is surrrounded by the coastal hills and is at only 82 meters, enjoys a micro-climate with an average mild temperature of 13 degrees C. ~ almost identical to Biarritz and Marseilles at 14 degrees C.

Condom's etymology is 'Condatomagus' and means an old Gallic market...which is contrary to what non-French speaking people think when they first see the sign that announces this small village of about 7,500 inhabitants.

The old town, skirted by the Baise River, contains a number of impressive 17th and 18th century mansions as well as the Musee de L'Armagnac (2 rue Jules Ferry), where visitors can learn about the local product which many connoisseurs consider the best of all the brandies.

Located 43 km. north of Auch, this little market town is built around its late-Gothic cathedral of St. Pierre.

<<< When you see this sign, then you'll know you've come to the right place.

  • Intro Updated Feb 28, 2005
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    I bet this town has plenty of funny comments made about it. Good of you to do a write up on it, didn't known there was such a place.

  • Apr 26, 2007 at 11:45 PM

    That is a strange name for a town :-)

  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2006 at 8:21 AM

    A great little page with excellent tips - I was always sure about the therapeutic virtues of Armagnac. I come again!

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2005 at 11:15 PM

    With a town called Condom the birth of any baby in that area would be a celebration LOL

  • Toyin's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2005 at 9:21 AM

    Hey!!! why are the men misbehaving here. I expect the ladies to be 'joyousse'...lol. Not the men. After all it is for their own good to COME here. Thanks for sharing this secret knowledge!

  • billus's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2005 at 6:10 PM

    I would to order zee Plat du Jour German knockwurst sausage Pizza buth hold zee Knockwurst sausage . No I didn't mean like ZAT ...oh mon Dieu ooh lala give me zee Salad now!

  • Maillekeukeul's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2005 at 5:03 AM

    What you probably dont' know is that the name of the river (Baise) also means "F*ck" in french... !

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2005 at 4:30 PM

    Armagnac in the pilgrim's hotel sounds lovely before heading for Santiago! (tho I don't drink anything like that anymore :-( Café des Sports seems expensive for a Café des Sports... ?


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