Midi Pyrenees Holiday Travel Guide

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Map of Midi Pyrenees, France

Our Midi Pyrenees Holiday Travel Guide takes you through the region’s highlights with information on things to see and do during your stay.

Midi Pyrenees is France’s largest region and is one of sharp contrasts, extending from the northern hills of the Dordogne to the great river valleys at its centre and the majestic Pyrenees in the south.

Explore a landscape of Bastide towns, Romanesque churches and historic castles.

Head to Toulouse for a cosmopolitan ambience or be inspired by the works of Toulouse-Lautrec in historic Albi.

For a slower pace of life, discover the timeless unspoilt countryside of Gascony or visit Lourdes, renowned for its reputedly healing waters.

If you love the great outdoors, head to the Pyrenees National Park with hundreds of kilometres of walking trails and fabulous wildlife including eagles, vultures and endangered brown bears. Alternatively, the Massif Central has breathtaking mountain scenery and is a haven for hikers, bikers and kayakers.

Both the Pyrenees and the Massif Central are popular skiing areas with good runs at Aix-Les-Thermes and Barage La Mongie. Piau Engaly is the highest ski resort in the Pyrenees, with good snow cover and excellent facilities.

And for spectacular engineering, stop off at the Millau Viaduct viewing and exhibition areas. Designed by Norman Foster, the viaduct’s masts are 340m tall, higher even than the Eiffel Tower.

There are 8 departments in the Midi Pyrenees region:

·  Ariège

·  Aveyron

·  Gers

·  Haute-Garonne

·  Hautes-Pyrénées

·  Lot

·  Tarn

·  Tarn-et-Garonne

For further travel information about holiday destinations, the Midi Pyrenees Regional Tourist Board can be contacted at:

Midi Pyrenees Regional Tourist Board

54 bd de l’Embouchure

31022 Toulouse

Tel: (0033) 561 13 55 55

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