Montricoux is a commune in the eastern part of the Tarn-et-Garonne department, in the Occitania region, France (Massif Central).

Geologically, historically and culturally, the commune lies on the Causse de Caylus, south of the Causse de Limogne, occupying a crossroads situation on the border between Quercy and Rouergue.

Exposed to an altered oceanic climate, it is drained by the Aveyron, the ruisseau de la Vaysse, the ruisseau de Rieumet and various other small streams. The commune boasts a remarkable natural heritage: a Natura 2000 site (Les vallées du Tarn, de l’Aveyron, du Viaur, de l’Agout et du Gijou), a protected area (le cours de la Garonne, de l’Aveyron, du Viaur et du Tarn) and three natural zones of ecological, faunistic and floristic interest.

Montricoux is a rural commune with a population of 1,172 in 2021, following a sharp rise in population since 1975. It is part of the Montauban catchment area. Its inhabitants are called Montricounais or Montricounaises.

Main attractions

  • Église Saint-Pierre de Montricoux (in the village), inside with a fresco of the Annunciation donated by its creator, fresco painter Marcel-Lenoir, in 1923. The bell tower and entrance door were listed as historic monuments in 1914.
  • Église Saint-Laurent de Saint-Laurent-Nord, formerly owned by the priory of Saint-Antonin, then by the Templars. The building is listed in the Mérimée database and in the Inventaire général Région Occitanie.
  • Château de Montricoux, a former Templar commandery whose recently-covered keep remains, and the Marcel-Lenoir museum (in the village).
  • Place Marcel-Lenoir (in the village).
  • Saint-Laurent wash-house.
  • Église Saint-Benoît de Castres (in ruins), which also belonged to the priory of Saint-Antonin and then to the Templars.
  • The walls of the old enclosure.

How to get to?

From Paris: 6 hr 17 min (620 km) via A20

From Toulouse: 1 hr 4 min (76.6 km) via A62

From Andorra: 3 hr 21 min (257 km) via N20

From Barcelona: 4 hr 41 min (468 km) via AP-7 and A61

From Madrid: 8 hr 37 min (875 km) via A-1 and A64

From Monaco: 6 hr 16 min (657 km) via A8

From Moscow: 36 hr (3,395 km) via E30/M1

From Belgrade: 18 hr 49 min (1,960 km) via E70

From Istanbul: 29 hr (2,910 km) via E70

From Bern: 7 hr 38 min (808 km) via A89

Main information

Area: 26 km2

Population: 1172

Coordinates: 44°04′36″N 1°37′13″E

Language: French

Currency: Euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

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