Midi Pyrénées guide
With magnificent mountains and vast areas of unspoiled countryside, plus a year round warm climate, Midi Pyrénées is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities.
Some of the greatest French rivers; the Lot, Tarn and the splendid Garonne flow through this region's diverse landscape of golden plateaux, wild woodlands, gorges, lakes and mountains. You can also discover a wealth of history, culture and architecture by exploring bastide towns, Romanesque churches and historic castles. Nature lovers should head to the Pyrenees National Park to spot fabulous wildlife including eagles, vultures and even endangered brown bears.
Alternatively, the Massif Central has breathtaking scenery and is a haven for hikers, bikers and kayakers.
Places to visit in Midi Pyrénées
This amazing pilgrimage site is in a stunning location clinging to limestone cliffs above the Alzou river. At night, take the Petit Train de Nuit which winds around the village stopping to view the beautifully lit castle and shrines.
Saint Cirq Lapopie
Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, this perfectly preserved medieval gem is a delight to explore
Known as the 'Ville Rose' due to the pink hue of its buildings, this city has a wonderful Mediterranean ambiance with a lively café culture and colourful markets.
Things to do in Midi Pyrénées
Cordes sur Ciel
There is an excellent sugar and chocolate museum here to wander around and admire amazing sculptures made completely from sugar.
Gouffre de Padirac
A breathtaking cave system (15k from rock caves. Goat's cheese from Rocamadour. Pave du Quercy, a traditional cake decorated with nuts, raisins and crystallised cherries.
What's on the menu?
- Cassoulet de Toulouse
- A stew of goose or duck, pork and white beans with garlic and spices
- Piperade Basque, a dish of chopped onions, sweet peppers and tomatoes sautéed in olive oil
What to drink
Dark red wine from Cahors. Armagnac.