Martel is located some 270 miles (435 kilometers) from Paris, the country's capital.
While you are in Martel, check out the Palace de la Raymondie. Another is the Place des Consuls.
Midi-Pyrenees is very popular with tourists. To discover why, get out and explore the villages, towns and cities surrounding Martel. Why not make tracks to the Church of Sainte Marie and Musee de l'Automate in Souillac, which is 7 miles (11 kilometers) distance away. Another option is to make your way over to Brive-la-Gaillarde. It is 16 miles (26 kilometers) from Martel and is home to the Church of St-Martin and Musee Labenche.
Organise transportation and head to Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, a retail and transport hub for the region, located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Martel. This bigger city offers a wide range of visitor attractions, including Grotte de Font-de-Gaume, Grotte du Grand Roc and Chateau de Laussel. Don't rush back to Martel until you've stopped by Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil's Musee National de Prehistoire, Grotte des Combarelles and Chateau de Commarque.
A really good way to get to know a spot is by learning about its past. While here, take the time to see the area's historic traditional villages. Spend a day in the sunshine and fresh air and make the most of Midi-Pyrenees' many open-air markets.
If you think an excellent break is working up a sweat in unique natural environments, then join one of the mountain biking or mountain climbing experiences the area around Martel has to offer. Why not have a go at some wintersports here? Cross-country skiing is a good option. So is snowboarding.
When it's time to leave this special part of the world, bid a fond Au revoir / À bientôt (farewell) to the locals you've met and the spots you've enjoyed.