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Midi-Pyrenees, a large and predominantly rural region in southern France, is mostly made up of towering mountains and rolling green hills. The region’s capital, Toulouse, is the go-to hub for dining and late-night entertainment. For a peaceful retreat among rural surrounds, head for one of the more secluded towns and villages.
The largest of France’s regions, Midi-Pyrenees was only recently made a province. Unlike the historic regions of France, Midi-Pyrenees was only designed in the 20th century to create a region around the growing city of Toulouse.
Toulouse is famous for its pink-hued architecture and cultural events. Wander around the atmospheric lanes of the Vieux Quartier (Old Town) and take a cruise down the UNSECO-listed Canal du Midi. Watch a game of rugby, a popular sport in the area, or attend an arts-themed event such as the Printemps de Septembre (Contemporary Art Festival) in the fall.
Discover beautiful boulevard terraces in the city of Cahors, where the Valentré Bridge serves as a symbol of the local pride. For medieval sights, stop in Rocamadour, a village built on the side of a cliff, overlooking a vast canyon. Surrounding Rocamadour is the Causses du Quercy Regional Nature Park, the perfect spot for woodland hikes.
Bring a swimsuit to take advantage of Midi-Pyrenees’ plentiful swimming spots. Wade into the pine and beach-fringed Lac de Saint Ferréol or plunge into the Dordogne River at the bottom of the Gluges Cliffs.
The five airports of Midi-Pyrenees give you plenty of options when flying to the region and a comprehensive train system ensures smooth travel upon arrival. The TGV (high-speed rail) connects to Paris, Lyon and Marseille, while the TER network serves regional destinations.
Bask in the summer sun in July and August when a strong heat beats down on the region or enjoy milder temperatures later in September and October. Spring is the best time for picturesque hikes as the new blossoms spread their pastel colors across the hillsides.
In the winter months, explore a different side of the region as you visit one of over 20 ski resorts that combine alpine adventures with a cozy village atmosphere.
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