LíIsle Jourdain itself is a small town of 5,560 taken from the
1999 population census. There are supermarkets, bakeries, chemists,
doctors and a range of shops and stores etc. This is a relatively
important town which was once the capital of the lands belonging
to the de l'Isle family. There is a lively farmerís market held
every Saturday, a good selection of restaurants and a hotel by
the lake. There is even a bandstand where you can listen to music
of a bygone era!
The town has two squares; the older, Place Gambetta-called the
Marcadieu-with arcades on two sides, is on the edge of the route
built by the Intendant of Auch, d'Etigny. The other square contains
the late 18th-Century Hôtel de Ville, a sophisticated Italianate
building in brick with a rusticated ground floor and wrought-iron
balconies above. Adjacent is the neoclassical brick market hall
(1819), with a mass of elegant octagonal pillars.