I f you holiday in the Midi-Pyrenees then don’t forget to bring your hiking boots. With over 30 km of trails you can see a very impressive landscape; river gorges, valleys, high mountains and broad plains.
In the Midi-Pyrenees you will find many enchanting itineraries and if you walk in the south of the department of Aveyron, you will also come across many medieval villages. These fortified towns like La Cavalerie and Viala du Pas de Jaux were founded and run by the Templars and the Hospitallers. Nearby is the Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world.
At Millau is also the Regional Natural Park of ‘Grands Causses’, which extends to another 96 municipalities. The most impressive ‘Causses’ (limestone plateaus) are the ‘Causse Noir’ and the ‘Causse de Sauveterre Causse Mejean’. In addition to the numerous special breeds of sheep, this region boasts the France’s largest canyon; ‘Gorges du Tarn’. Take a canoe through this awesome deep ravine and you can see a beautiful cave.
Average summer temperature: 27 degrees
Medieval villages and stately Renaissance houses in Toulouse
Limestone plateaus, deep gorges, cliffs, peaks and green valleys
Cassoulet with white beans, sausage and goose
Wines Côtes de Millau, Côtes de Saint-Mont and Côtes de Brulhois
Micropolis is a city completely dominated by insects. It’s at Saint-Léons, just 20 minutes from Millau, where they study about 70 species of insects. Fun and educational not only for kids!
You can’t leave the Midi-Pyrenees without purchasing a Laguiole knife. This town is known around the world for its traditional way of making knives, all by hand. Here you can stop for lunch at Bras, an excellent three-star restaurant and no, you do not need to carry the knife!
The town of Foix, at the foot of the Pyrenees, boasts a beautiful medieval charm. The half-timbered houses, terraces and narrow streets are very welcoming. The pride of this village is of course the Castle of Foix, overlooking the entire town.
The Midi-Pyrenees, in addition to the excellent cheese, is also famous for its sweets. Among the specialties are the ‘Fouace’, a sweet cake shaped like a donut, maybe with a glass of ‘Gaillac’. Try the Aligot, mashed potatoes and cheese, and haricots ‘tarbais’, mini white beans.