MIDI-PYRENEES, A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL REGION
Exceptional is the perfect word to describe the great sites awaiting you in southwestern France’s Midi-Pyrénées region: the Cirque de Gavarnie, Millau Viaduct, Conques, Rocamadour, Montségur, the Canal du Midi, and the region’s capital city, Toulouse are just the start.
The largest region in France, featuring both the very latest technology and also traces of Prehistoric civilizations, the Midi-Pyrénées is a vast land ideal for a moment of exploration during your holidays or over a weekend.
Take advantage of the tranquil and shady banks of the Canal du Midi, classified as a UNESCO world monument, or explore the ghostly landscapes of Aubrac. The adventurous can negotiate the by canoe or kayak, or take in the spectacular by hang glider or para-glider. Others can opt to scale the at Bigorre, one of 24 Major Sites in the Midi-Pyrénées, alongside the , the (Canal of the Two Seas), and the towns of Cordes-sur-ciel, and .
The route to Santiago de Compostela includes a number of remarkable buildings: the
If you are visiting with the family, dive into the age of cavemen at , or discover the future at the in Toulouse. Be amazed as you stand before the wonders of nature at the , at the the or the .
A medieval spiced wine called hypocras (an aperitif in Ariège) and the cheese-making process at the are proof of the continuation of gastronomic traditions. As throughout the Southwest, foie gras, duck breast and confit de canard feature prominently on menus in the Midi-Pyrénées.
Other typical dishes include Tarbes beans, lamb from the Pyrénées, aligot (a creamed potato dish with cheese), and garbure, (a mountain soup with cabbage and chunks of ham), all of which make regular appearances at the dinner table in the Midi-Pyrénées.
The Pyrénées are famous for their cheeses, both cow’s milk and sheep’s cheeses, as well as pâtisseries such as croustade, pastis, fouace and gâteau à la broche, which will accompany wines from local domains such as Jurançon, Gaillac, Cahors, Madiran and Armagnac.
A region of great rugby players, the Midi-Pyrénées also welcomes other sporting disciplines and hosts the World Pétanque Competition in Millau, as well as the Toulouse half-marathon and several international horse races. The Montgolfiades (hot-air ballooning competition) in Rocamadour, together with the Intercontinental Festival of Fireworks, will fill the sky over the Midi-Pyrénées with a thousand colors. The Siestes Electroniques festival marks the beginning of a musical summer in Toulouse, a prelude to the notes of Jazz in Marciac, the Cahors Blues Festival, and the Jazz Festival in Montauban.
The Midi-Pyrénées region combines the joy of exploring with the pleasures of gastronomy and the thrill of new experiences.