The best of Midi Pyrénées

What makes Midi-Pyrénées stand out

Situated in South West France, between the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the Midi-Pyrénées region draws its wealth of interest and incredibly diverse heritage and countryside from 8 départements full of character. Together, Ariège, Aveyron, Haute Garonne, Hautes Pyrénées, Gers, Lot, Tarn and Tarn et Garonne form the largest region in France. Famous for its enthusiastic combination of heritage and quality of life, Midi-Pyrénées is a region full of vitality and bursting with ideas and innovations: Toulouse, France’s second university city and Europe’s aerospace capital, is home to the vast factories of Airbus, the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer.

The Great Tourist Sites in Midi-Pyrénées

Midi-Pyrénées owes its fame to 25 Great Tourist Sites known all over the world, including Millau Viaduct, the Pic du Midi with its astronomical observatory, the Cirque de Gavarnie (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the great Catholic pilgrimage site of Lourdes, Albi and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Cahors and the Pont Valentré, but also Conques, Rocamadour, Moissac, and a host of others…

The Great Outdoors

One of France’s sunniest regions (with an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine every year), Midi-Pyrénées offers vast areas of countryside and an endless range of spectacular scenery such as the Tarn Gorge, the Aveyron Gorge, the Lot Valley, the Dordogne Valley, the high peaks of the Pyrenees, and more… With 28,000 km of waymarked footpaths, the Pyrenees National Park and 4 Regional Nature Parks, Midi-Pyrénées is the perfect destination for hiking, cycling, horse riding, white water sports, river tourism on the Canal du Midi and other waterways, plus skiing and snowsports in the Pyrenees.

Great figures through history

Toulouse-Lautrec, Champollion, Pierre-Paul Riquet, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, the aviation pioneers : a host of great figures from history have given Midi-Pyrénées an outstanding heritage that lives on today in what they have left behind.

Great features of the region

The home of Roquefort, foie gras, the Quercy black truffle, saffron and some hundred other quality-certified products, Midi-Pyrénées is also a land of vineyards that boasts 8 AOCs and a tradition of quality craftsmanship. What’s more, Midi-Pyrénées hosts around a hundred festivals, some of which are world-famous, such as the Jazz in Marciac festival, the Country Music Festival in Mirande, the Sylvanès Festival of Religious Music, and Rio Loco in Toulouse.

The great tourist sites in Midi-Pyrénées

Toulouse, Canal des Deux Mers, Luchon, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges – Valcabrère, The Ariège Collection (the Niaux and Mas d’Azil caves, Saint Lizier, Foix, Montségur, Mirepoix), Rodez, Millau Viaduct, Conques, Villefranche-de- Rouergue – Najac, Auch, Marciac, Flaran-Baïse-Armagnac, Pic du Midi, Cauterets- Pont d’Espagne, Cirque de Gavarnie, Lourdes, Cahors, Rocamadour, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie – Pech Merle, Figeac, Dordogne Valley, Sorèze – Revel – Saint-Ferréol, the source of the Canal du Midi, Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Moissac.

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Source : Regional Tourism Board of Midi-Pyrénées