Midi-Pyrenees Highlights - Taste of France

For all those who are greedy for life and greedy for discovery: Moissac awaits you for your next holiday. In the Tarn-et-Garonne, this small town is in an Epicurean landscape dominated by orchards and Chasselas AOC grape vines. Moissac, a stop on the routes to Santiago de Compostela, is also a beacon of Romanesque art in France.

Powerful with its striking cathedral emerging from the depths of the centuries; powerful with the stunning work of artist Pierre Soulages; and powerful with its humbling collection of statue-menhirs in a museum that is one of its kind in Europe. Rodez’s energy is rich with history, art and vitality and never fails to enrapture its visitors.

Canal des Deux Mers
Sail away on the Canal des Deux Mers, an exceptional feat of engineering that links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, running through Toulouse and Moissac on the way. The Canal des Deux Mers invites you to discover its unique atmosphere, its landscapes and its way of life, either by boat or along its tow-paths.

Vallée de la Dordogne
The ravishing Dordogne Valley, bursting with natural wonders, never fails to enchant travellers. Now it’s your turn to follow the Dordogne Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in the Midi-Pyrenees region. Follow its twists and turns, admiring the many treasures dotting its banks on your way from Sousceyrac to Souillac in the Lot Department.

Sorèze, Saint-Ferréol
Midi-Pyrénées invites you to the most beautiful of adventures: that of knowledge, of creativity and imagination. To experience this, travel 60 km south west of Toulouse to discover the abbey-school of Sorèze and the Saint-Ferréol lake, near Revel. Here man has shown his genius, starting with Pierre-Paul Riquet, the inventor of the Canal du Midi.

An hour’s drive west of Toulouse, the outline of Auch makes a proud statement. You have arrived in Gers, in the heart of Gascony. This legendary land, home of D'Artagnan, will be your companion as you enjoy a delightful stay in the most pleasant countryside.

Let yourself be bewitched by the eternal charms of Conques, in the Aveyron. A must-see stop on the road to Le Puy, the most celebrated of the routes that lead to Santiago de Compostela, Conques will take you on a journey back to the time of the Middle Age’s great builders.

Flaran Baise Armagnac
A distinguished history, a fiery temperament and rolling landscapes all contribute to the personality of this Major Historical Site that has made fine living a raison d'être. Along the River Baïse, on the Armagnac hillsides, sheltered by ancient stones, from abbey to cathedral, this little piece of Gascony sings about the joys of sharing and living with a united voice.

25 km from Albi, in the Tarn, succumb to the charms of Cordes-sur-Ciel. This village, steeped in legend, sits on its rocky outcrop like a stone nest. It is among the most precious of Gothic architectural treasures, and its discovery will be a highlight of your holiday in the Midi-Pyrénées.

Between green tourism and cultural tourism, Figeac is a choice vacation destination. An hour from Cahors, in the Lot, the town cultivates an exceptional patrimony and honours the memory of the Pharaohs. Figeac will in effect take you in the tracks of Champollion, who deciphered hieroglyphics and was born here in 1790.

Starting from Cahors, a cliff-lined road winds through the Lot valley leading to an unforgettable spectacle: that of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. This medieval village, wonderfully preserved, hugs the rocky wall 100 metres above the river.

Pont D'Espagne
Prepare to live through emotions that only nature can arouse. Near Cauterets in the Hautes-Pyrénées, le Pont d’Espagne and its waterfalls contain all the strength and romanticism of the Pyrenean mountains. This exceptional site is, moreover, one of the most accessible in the Pyrenees National Park.

A small town with 15,000 inhabitants at the foot of the Pyrenees: this is how Lourdes appears, one of the world’s great spiritual places. Each year some 6 million visitors come to the Marian City (there were 8 million in 2008 for the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions). Experience the unique climate here, an air of spirituality, peace and fraternity.

Najac Villefranche de Rouergue
Explore Villefranche-de-Rouergue and Najac in the Aveyron, two bastide towns that are closely related yet very different. Their colours, setting and atmosphere are similar, yet their originality is the key to the action-packed history of the bastide towns of South-West France.

Set in the majestic Lot valley, Cahors, City of art and history, is made to be explored. From the Valentré Bridge to the Saint-Etienne cathedral, via the market place and the boulevard terraces, the Lot’s first city combines southern atmosphere, historical wealth and gourmet pleasures.

Rocamadour, a medieval city attached to its cliff, with the splendour of stone illuminated by the lights of the setting sun: it's an image, etched in eternity, that will remain in your memory. This extraordinary village will take you to another time, a time when people came from afar to worship the Black Virgin.

Have you ever experienced “Jazz in Marciac?” A warm, unique musical event under a starry August night. Book your ticket for the Gers without delay and come to Marciac: there, in the fields of sunflowers and vines, this welcoming village will share with you the fun and excitement of its jazz festival.

Be swept away by the beautiful Pyrenees landscape, by the winds of history! This is the Ariège with its collection of tourist sites. From the Niaux cave to the Montségur castle, this collection invites you to experience a voyage from Prehistory up to the time of the crusade against the Cathars.

110 km south of Toulouse, built on a former Roman settlement, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges sits majestically at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. Founded in the 1st century BC, it is now an important centre for art, enriched by 2,000 years of history. This is a masterpiece of Haute-Garonne heritage, absolutely not to be missed.

Le Viaduc de Millau
Opened in December 2004, the Millau Viaduct was devised by the French Engineer Michel Virlogeux and designed by the English architect Lord Norman Foster. This structure spans the Tarn in a single bound of 2,460 m and holds the world height record with a tower above the valley at 343 m.

There are some cities you just can't help falling in love with. Toulouse is one of them. The 'Ville Rose' in the département of Haute Garonne draws you in, wins you over and keeps you for ever. Capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region, with a population of 445,000 it is France's fourth largest conurbation. Young, modern and active, this metropolis with a European dimension buzzes in the southern temperatures that inspire its temperament and its architecture. And when you come to Toulouse, you'll buzz too!

Collection Ariège
Be swept away by the beautiful Pyrenees landscape, by the winds of history! This is the Ariège with its collection of tourist sites. From the Niaux cave to the Montségur castle, this collection invites you to experience a voyage from Prehistory up to the time of the crusade against the Cathars.Cirque de Gavarnie Grandiose! How else to describe the Cirque de Gavarnie? The great Pyrenean limestone circles owe their existence to the work of huge glaciers that have long since disappeared. Gavarnie, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, is the most celebrated of them all.

The theme of water will be omnipresent throughout your trip to Luchon, with its central Pyrenees location. Water from snow, water from the streams coursing down the mountainside, water from thermal baths renowned since Antiquity and water from Luchon’s Fitness and Well-being Centre, which offers you a guaranteed relaxation experience. Luchon sees the world in blue, the colour of its waters, which will not fail to enchant visitors to this small and pretty spa and sporting town.

Pic du Midi
The Pic du Midi de Bigorre, one of the most majestic summits in the Hautes-Pyrénées , awaits you at 2,877 metres. Accessible to the general public, the Pic du Midi is renowned for the beauty of its landscape and also for its astronomy observatory.