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Midi-Pyrenees, France

The Midi-Pyrenees, France is the largest region in the country, and borders Spain to the south. It is a land-locked region, but has a wealth of landscapes, encouraging participation in a huge wealth of activities, and with holiday homes, villas and rental properties to suit all holiday makers. Midi-Pyrenees is situated at the end of the Pyrenean chain, and the peaks of Vigenemale and Pic du Balaitous are both over 10,000 feet.

Things to do in Midi-Pyrenees, France

These regions of Haute-Pyrenees and Haute-Garonne are of course a prime holiday destination for ski and snowsports. A holiday home in the Midi-Pyrenees gives you access to great downhill skiing at Bagneres and La Mongie, 45 miles of cross-country skiing on the Plateau de Beille, and international standard snowboarding facilities at St Lary Soulan.

During the summer, the Midi-Pyrenees, France, turns into a haven for walking, mountain biking, climbing, cycle touring, canyoning, kayaking, paragliding, horse riding and almost every other adventure sport imaginable. Taking a holiday home or Midi-Pyrenees rental villa provides the flexibility and privacy to enjoy a huge range of activities at for all experience levels and at a pace which suits you.

The area has undoubted natural beauty, and such variety of flora and fauna, that there are a number of important national parks to enjoy, especially the parks at Neouvielle, Haute-Languedoc and Causses du Quercy. UNESCO has placed the Cirque de Gavarnie on the World Heritage List, and there are fabulous trails up to it for both walkers and mountain bikers alike. Although Midi-Pyrenees has no coastline, the lakes and rivers provide ample opportunities for swimming, windsurfing, rowing, water skiing and sailing, all provided by specially equipped centres.

The thermal waters of the area have given rise to 17 spas in Midi-Pyrenees. Spa holidays have become quite popular amongst the jet set, especially in the Midi-Pyrenees where you can also engage in active sports. It is an idyllic spot for lovers of health and fitness, with ample sporting facilities and relaxing, therapeutic spas to rest weary limbs, and fully recuperate whilst on your Midi-Pyrenees holiday.

Places to holiday in Midi-Pyrenees, France

Ariege is described by most travel writers as wild but accessible. This is a good description. Walkers on the 3000 foot peaks can occasionally encounter bears, and there is top class trout fishing, kayaking and walking in the area. Also, for those interested in cycling, there is a stage of the Tour de France starting in Areige.

The Aveyron and Tarn valleys can also offer fabulous fishing, cycling, skiing, potholing and golf, but Aveyron is most noted for the pre-historic ruins especially at Najac, and fortified chateaus, as well as the world's tallest bridge, the Millau viaduct. Also not to be missed on any Midi-Pyrenees holiday are the Roquefort Caves, or the gothic Ste-Cecile Cathedral at Albi.

For gastronomic delicacies or culture, Lot villas and the surrounding valleys are the place to find truffles, goose, duck and dark Cahar wines to finish a feast prepared from a self-catering holiday cottage. The traditional fairs and music festivals in Gers are vibrant and fun for individuals, couples or families.

Midi-Pyrenees Weather

The Midi-Pyrenees bask in 2000 hours of sunshine a year. Summer temperatures resemble those of the Mediterranean, and are over 25°C for 60-80 days a year and temperatures do not drop below 20°C until October.

Travel to Midi-Pyrenees

There are many small airports in the region, Lourdes, Albi, Ariege and many others. Flights are not direct from the UK, but these smaller airports receive flights from Toulouse, Bordeaux and Barcelona. Alitalia, Air France, British Airways, BMI and other airlines all provide the one stop-over flights to the region from most all UK airports.

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Recent Reviews

Beautiful well-appointed home in a gorgeous setting

5 of 5
We were welcomed to our holiday home by Edmund and Averil who answered our questions with ease. Every time we asked for help (walks, Vegan restaurants, nearest supermarkets etc) they were able to answer very quickly and knowledgeably. The pool is a nice size for cooling off in and the many places for dining, on the shady veranda or the other options in the wooded garden. The kitchen is fully equipped including SHARP knives (a first in a rental property for us!). The kitchen facilities were first class and important to us and as we spent a lot of time eating there. The garden is beautiful with some lovely planting and plentiful visitors in the form of bees and lovely hummingbird hawk-moths. The bedrooms and bathrooms are well appointed and comfortable. We were pleased with the large Smart TV, FreeSat and DVD player, so we were able to watch BBC coverage of Wimbledon and Netflix for films. There is a good selection of DVDs too! All in all we had a wonderful holiday and this was assisted greatly by the friendly help from Edmund and Averil. All 6 of us had a holiday to remember. Thank you!
  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

Wind in the willows on the midi canal

4 of 5
We stayed on the little barge for six weeks. During that time we enjoyed the ebb and flow of life on the canal. The lauragais is a beautiful area and near Gardouch there are many beautiful villages. It is also within east striking distance of Gaillac, Revel, the Pays Cathar, Rodez, Bram and Andorra. Then there is all of the history and places underpinning the canal itself. There are some good restaurants (Envie de Mets in Gardouch) and the Hotel de France (Ville Franche de L) offers simple lunches. The Super U market in VF de L supplies everything you need. The barge itself is small but well equipped. The two outside (fore deck and top) offer peaceful eating areas. Patrick provided battery lights that we suspended from the trees for the evening. If you are tall you need to watch your head inside! The space is suitable for 2 adults and two smallish children, We had an extra couple of adults whom we knew well (and got to know better !) who stayed for four nights but longer would have been hard. We had some equipment failures early (fridge and gas) but Patrick was terrific and fixed them up promptly. He was easy to deal with and is a very decent man. Our time on the barge was very enjoyable. I am happy to recommend the barge to others.
  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017