Midi-Pyrenees summer holidays
The region of the Midi-Pyrenees is celebrated for its incredible landscapes and high-altitude pursuits. The region is home to the Pyrenees National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty stretching over 45 hectares, the Padirac caves, and the Micropolis in Aveyron, a magnificent insect dome. Alternatively, visit the more populous areas of the region, such as Toulouse, a cosmopolitan city on the River Garonne, or the city of Lourdes - a place of pilgrimage - the home of Our Lady of Lourdes and a spectacular fortress
Top five destinations in the Midi-Pyrenees
In the winter, the region is hailed as one of the most celebrated skiing and snowboarding resorts in Europe. In the warmer seasons, the region welcomes thousands of rock climbers and paragliders. If you're more inclined to luxury treatments at a mountain spa than adrenaline-fuelled thrills, the Midi-Pyrenees is an idyllic retreat to relax and recuperate. Moreover, the staggering history and culture of the region attracts thousands of keen historians, as well as religious scholars. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the rich culture, or retreat into the mountains, HomeAway's list of Midi-Pyrenees rentals allows you to recreate a home from home experience.
Family holidays in Haute-Garonne
Haute-Garonne has several gorgeous cities to explore, including the beautiful city of Toulouse, home to the historic Place du Capitole and its glorious square. Inside the plaza lies a delightful courtyard, whilst the outer square is a platform for colourful market stalls. Visitors can take a barge-trip on the Canal de Brienne, or stroll along the stretch of water to find an idyllic picnic spot. Toulouse is a haven for cyclists, with many cycle-lanes leading bikers around some of the city's prettiest routes and historical landmarks. Saint Gaudens, meanwhile, is home to the prominent Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Gaudens, an examplar of Romanesque architecture. Two specific trails have been hailed the best way to explore Saint Gaudens, 'Sentier Vert', a tour illuminating the beautiful greenery and scenic riverside, and 'Sentier Ocre', which snakes around the monuments and striking architecture.
Family holidays in Tarn-et-Garonne
Tarn-et-Garonne has stunning villages and towns to explore. The village of Touffailles is an idyllic base to explore the landscape, whether its on horseback with a local equestrian centre, rambling, or cycling. The area has many swimming lakes, perfect locations to meet friendly locals and practice French, and find an ideal picnic spot. The region has several fantastic sport-centres. In Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, proactive holidaymakers are invited to take to the water by canoe or pedalboat. The wine regions of Cahors and Gaillac are beautiful rambling locations. After exploring the area, sample the white Gaillac Fraicheur Perle, and Cahor's red Malbec.
Family holidays in Lot
Lot has a number of picturesque communes, such as the beautiful Lanzac. Cross Lanzac bridge to Souillac, where you can sample French cooking in the pretty square, before visiting the stunning religious building, 'Abbaye Sainte Marie'. Visit Quercyland Water Park to cool down, or take to the skies with a paragliding club to view the serene landscape. Neighbouring Sarlat, in the Dordogne, is a charming town and an ideal excursion. Descend into the 'Gouffre de Padraic', a magnificent cave, or glide along a zip-line across the beautiful valleys at a local zip-lining centre.
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Family holidays in Averyron
If you've had the opportunity to visit a French market before, you'll have experienced both the high quality produce and friendly conversation. Marcillac Market attracts the some of the finest wine-producers in the area. For ramblers, and keen photographers, the medieval village of Balaguier has idyllic scenery to explore. The parks of Haut Languedoc and Grands Causses have excellent walking paths to follow individually or as part of a larger group. The gorgeous Sanctus valley, meanwhile, is home to some of the area's most treasured wildlife, and visitors may be lucky enough to sight deer and hawks on their adventures.
Family holidays in Hautes-Pyrenees
In the winter, the phenomenal Campan valley in Hautes-Pyrenees is a haven for skiers and snowboarders; during warmer seasons, the valley is an awe-inspiring location to explore by foot. The glassy Payolle is a great place to eat breakfast and make an itinerary for the day, but other notable places of outstanding natural beauty include Pic du Midi, a brilliant area to meet other walkers, families and individual hikers. Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage that attracts millions of holidymakers every year. You can choose to follow in the footsteps of other visitors and visit the renowned statue, or explore the area in a unique way by boarding the highest tourist train in Europe, the Artouste. The train travels along the mountain delivering spine-tingling views of some of the highest peaks in the region.