The Essential
10km long and 1 to 3m wide: this was the Carmaux coal field worked from the 13C to the end of the 20C. Seven centuries of relentless labour which shaped the fate of Men and Nature. An ungrateful landscape, a tragic history and a visit to the land of Jaurès that would not be complete without a detour to Blaye-les-Mines with its impressive « discovery » [Blaye-les-Mines#St Mary Discovery] and Cagnac-les-Mines [Cagnac-les-Mines Cagnac Mine Museum] presenting the life of pitface miners.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Carmaux

Statue of Jaures
Statue of Jaures
A native of Castres, Jean Jaurès (1859