Haute-Garonne is a department of southern France in the Midi-Pyrenees, bordering Spain to the south. It is a department of varied landscapes from lush plains to the soaring peaks of the Pyrenees, but throughout the department, sporting facilities and historical monuments blend together perfectly.
The mountains to the south of the department are a huge attraction for those hoping to enjoy the great outdoors. In summer, walkers, cyclists and climbers flock to Haute-Garonne property to enjoy the naturally sporting landscape. The walking and cycle route are also marked with hoof prints as the many stables in the region take guided horse rides up into the mountains for spectacular riding holidays. There are both climbing centres and a mountain biking park with equipment hire, route guides and instruction should you need it.
In winter, the Pyrenees are blanketed in snow, and the walkers, bikers and climbers are replaced by snow sports enthusiast in the numerous apartments, villas and gites in Haute-Garonne.
Taking a family holiday to Haute-Garonne is a great option, not only for the eclectic mix of sport, history and culture, but also due to the number of attractions which are located around the department. There are a huge number of museums displaying artefacts and information on a wide range of topics, as well as a zoo and animal parks.
Toulouse, the pink city, is the party centre of southern France, offering revellers the opportunity to dance long into the night. There is a lot more to Toulouse though, from the impressive Renaissance architecture and spectacular religious architecture of the Toulouse Basilica and the Cathedral of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges to the top-class French cuisine served up by Haute-Garonne’s best restaurants. Taking a Haute-Garonne holiday rental villa also allows you to enjoy the exceptional shopping of Toulouse or sit and sip a coffee and watch the world drift by in one of Toulouse’s pavement cafes.
The cultural and historical capital of Haute-Garonne has to be the fascination town of St Gaudens, regularly cited as the most beautiful settlement in the region. Evidence of life stretching over 30,000 years has been found here, including the oldest Gallo-Roman villa that has ever been discovered. Walking around the town you will see a plethora of ancient little chapels and solid fortresses which have managed to withstand the changing conditions (both climatic and political) of Haute-Garonne over many centuries.
A Haute-Garonne property has to withstand two very different seasons each year, with over 2,000 hours of sunshine in the summer, with average temperatures reaching over 25˚C. In winter, the high altitude of much of the department means that temperatures drop, and the snow begins to fall around mid-December.
Toulouse International Airport (TLS) is set just outside the town, and receives many direct flights from all across the UK, making it the easiest entry point when trying to reach a Haute-Garonne property. easyJet run services from London Gatwick (LGW) and Bristol (BRS). If you have an aversion to flying, the TGV train stops in Toulouse.