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Midi-Pyrénées, is a 20th century administrative region centred on Toulouse and incorporating many areas of geographical and historical interest including; Gascony, Languedoc, Rouergue, Quercy and Agenais. It is the largest geographical region in France, but the majority of the population are concentrated around high tech Toulouse. The Pyrenees provide the southernmost border with Spain and to the west are some lovely properties in Aquitaine and to the east self catering in Languedoc-Roussillon, Limousin and Auvergne are to the north.
The eight departments comprising the Midi-Pyrénées are; Ariège, Aveyron, Gers, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Lot, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne.
The area is served well by low cost (Easyjet and Ryanair) and scheduled (British Airways and Air France) from the UK, making a last minute trip or short break easy to organise. Toulouse is the obvious choice for year round, daily flights. Alternatively for skiing trips and for Aveyron especially, Rodez (and to visit Lourdes) fly into Tarbes. Carcassonne and Beziers airports in neighbouring Languedoc-Roussillon, or Pau in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques are suitable alternatives.
The Pyrenees themselves are a great draw both for the dramatic landscape and sporting opportunities. A far more affordable skiing destination than the Alps, the best of which is centred on the main ski resorts of Barèges -La Mongie, Saint Lary and Cauterets. Complete with snow parks, snow cannons and extensive lift systems, the Pyreneean resorts are a well kept French secret, especially as an affordable family skiing destination. Dramatic walking, mountaineering and mountain biking holidays in the summer mean the chalets, gites, bed and breakfast and self catering holiday cottage accommodation is popular year round. The Col du Tourmalet has the highest road at 2115m, and is usually a feature of the gruelling Tour de France cycle race.
The area is steeped in history, and has more than it’s fair share of bastides, in the Rouergue area especially, with the topography providing a strategic advantage throughout history. There are many pretty villages with “les plus beaux villages de France” accreditation. A gem is Auvillar, a stopping place on the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela between Toulouse and Agen, on the banks of the River Garonne.
In the fertile wine region of the Lot valley, the landscape is less rugged. The majestic cathedral city of Cahors stands on the banks of the River Lot. Less than an hour away is the medieval town of Figeac, renowned as being the birthplace of Champollion, born in 1790 he was the first archaeologist to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics and the huge slab of granite in the central “Writing Square” is a reproduction of the Rosetta Stone from which he made his discoveries. The Champollion Museum is a “must see”, depicting the Egyptian links through a “1000 letters”, with innovative and modern displays rarely found in France!
It is said that if France is the home of great food then Gascony is her kitchen. Gascon cuisine is typified by freshly reared local produce like duck (foie gras, confit and rillettes), Roquefort cheese and prized truffles. Cassoulet is traditional a meaty casserole with fresh local vegetables and white beans. Round off a meal, if you dare, with local prunes and a snifter of Armagnac!