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Midi-Pyrénées

Midi-Pyrénées
The Essential

Encompassing the summits of the Pyrenees and Lot, between Gers and the foothills of the Massif Central in Aveyron, the Midi-Pyrénées region allies several areas, alternating the colours of the South and the Occitan accent, with a mountain atmosphere thrown in.
Nature is grandiose here: the Cirque de Gavarnie, Néouvielle Massif and Pic du Midi de Bigorre peak at around 3 000m. Elsewhere, the Causses du Quercy incorporate valleys (Lot, Dordogne) and deep chasms, the hillside vineyards around Tarn make your mouth water and the footpaths of the Pyrénées Ariégeoises attract hikers.
After nature comes heritage, with charming villages such as Conques, Rocamadour, Cordes-sur-Ciel, St-Bertrand-de-Comminges giving way to bastides brimming with character, such as Villefranche-de-Rouergue. As for Toulouse, it is worth dedicating several days to this exuberant metropolis.
And everywhere in the South-West, a generosity prevails, as demonstrated by the fervour that surrounds the courses landaises and rugby matches, and the cuisine: cassoulet, aligot and Roquefort. Bon appétit!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Midi-Pyrénées

Cirque de Gavarnie Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
Gavarnie
2:00
Trésor de Conques Trésor de Conques
Trésor de Conques
Conques-en-Rouergue
3:00
Bemberg Foundation Bemberg Foundation
Bemberg Foundation
Toulouse
3:00
Pic du Midi de Bigorre Pic du Midi de Bigorre
Pic du Midi de Bigorre
La Mongie
2:00
Pyrenees National Park Pyrenees National Park
Pyrenees National Park
Gavarnie
5:00
Cathedral of Saint Cecilia Cathedral of Saint Cecilia
Cathedral of Saint Cecilia
Albi
1:00

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