The historic centre of Toulouse, on the right bank of the Garonne
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Young, vibrant and charming Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region. This major city with a village feel boasts more than 2,000 years of history.
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The Canal des Deux Mers
The Cacor canal bridge (19th century) - Canal des Deux Mers, Moissac
Combining the Canal du Midi and the Canal de Garonne, this amazing man-made structure connects the Mediterranean with the Atlantic.
Cloister of the Abbey Church of Saint Pierre (12th century) - Moissac
A staging post on the St James's Way pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Moissac is a major centre for Romanesque art in France.
Cordes sur Ciel
Cordes sur Ciel clinging to the Puech de Mordagne
Dominating the Albigeois countryside, Cordes sur Ciel is a 'bastide' village founded in 1222. The whole of this lively village is a treasure chest of Gothic architecture.
The historic centre of Albi
The town is famous for its Musée Toulouse-Lautrec and Cathedral of Sainte Cécile, both part of Albi's Cité Épiscopale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Haute-Garonne et Tarn
Sorèze, Revel and Saint Ferréol
Lac de Saint Ferréol (17th century) near Revel
Three attractions within a radius of less than 10 km that take you from the source of knowledge (Sorèze Abbey School) to the source of the Canal du Midi (Lac de Saint Ferréol).
The Ariège Collection, 14,000 years of history
Château de Montségur (13th century)
A special case in the family of Top Tourist Destinations in Midi-Pyrénées, made up of 7 remarkable sites including the Cathar Château de Montségur.
Saint-Bertrand de Comminges
Cathedral of Sainte Marie (12th - 16th century) - Saint Bertrand de Comminges
History and spirituality combine in this village in the foothills of the Pyrenees with a heritage that dates back to Antiquity.
Fitness and Health Spa (20th - 21st century) - Luchon
A thermal spa town with a prestigious history set in the stunning surroundings of the mighty Pyrenees.
The Pic du Midi
Astronomical observatory (19th - 21st century) on the Pic du Midi
From the panoramic viewing terraces, the 2,877-metre-high Pic du Midi offers an awe-inspiring view of the line of Pyrenean summits.
Cauterets - Pont d'Espagne
Around the Pont d'Espagne
The Pont d'Espagne above Cauterets is the gateway to a host of rambles and hikes in the Pyrenees National Park.
The Cirque de Gavarnie
Cirque de Gavarnie
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cirque de Gavarnie is an incredible wall of rock 1,700 metres high and 14 kilometres in circumference.
Torchlight procession - Lourdes
A worldwide centre of spirituality, Lourdes also has the charm of a little mountain village sitting at the foot of the Pyrenees.
Jazz in Marciac festival
The world-famous Jazz in Marciac festival takes place in August, but the 'bastide' town of Marciac is alive with music all year round.
Capital of the historical province of Gascony and a staging post on the St James's Way pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Auch stands like a beacon over the sunny, undulating countryside of Gers.
Flaran, Baïse, Armagnac
Flaran Abbey (12th - 18th century)
From Flaran Abbey to Condom (the capital of Armagnac), with the fortified village of Larressingle in between, a collection of attractions that reflects Gascony's unique heritage.
Pont Valentré (14th century) - Cahors
For Cahors the Middle Ages were a golden age, which you can re-live by exploring the little streets around the historic centre, unchanged and very much alive.
In the magnificent surroundings of the Lot Valley, the Gothic houses of Saint Cirq-Lapopie cling to the edge of the cliff top.
A sacred place where people came to venerate the Black Madonna, Rocamadour is an amazing arrangement of stone buildings constructed on a series of levels up the cliff face.
The Dordogne Valley
Château de Belcastel - Dordogne Valley
A string of châteaux, charming villages and fine houses of character are dotted along the Dordogne Valley in stunning unspoilt natural surroundings.
Reproduction of the Rosetta Stone (20th century) - Place des Ecritures - Figeac
Home of the fascinating Musée Champollion, dedicated to writing systems from around the world, and of a beautiful built heritage that is part of everyday life in this buzzing town.
Abbey Church of Sainte Foy (11th century) - Conques
Conques was an important staging post on St James's Way to Santiago de Compostela; the heritage of its medieval builders remains intact.
Rodez Cathedral (13th - 16th century)
With its cathedral, historic centre, national stud and museums (including one dedicated to the artist Pierre Soulages opening in 2013), Rodez merits a long stay.
Millau Viaduct (21st century)
This absolute masterpiece is the departure point for trips to the Templar and Hospitaller cities of the Larzac, the Roquefort cheese cellars, Sylvanès Abbey and more...
Villefranche de Rouergue / Najac
Château de Najac (13th century)
20 kilometres apart, Villefranche de Rouergue and Najac are two 13th century 'bastide' towns, two treasures waiting to be discovered in the upper Aveyron Gorge.