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Unspoiled countryside, magnificent mountains and rushing rivers make up the region of the Midi Pyrénées, where the warm climate produces great wines and the landscape is home to much wildlife and many trails for those wanting to explore.

With magnificent mountains and vast areas of unspoiled countryside, plus a year round warm climate, Midi Pyrénées is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities.

Some of the greatest French rivers; the Lot, Tarn and the splendid Garonne flow through this region's diverse landscape of golden plateaux, wild woodlands, gorges, lakes and mountains. You can also discover a wealth of history, culture and architecture by exploring bastide towns, Romanesque churches and historic castles. Nature lovers should head to the Pyrenees National Park to spot fabulous wildlife including eagles, vultures and even endangered brown bears.

Alternatively, the Massif Central has breathtaking scenery and is a haven for hikers, bikers and kayakers.

Top places to visit

Toulouse in Midi-Pyrénées is the 4th largest city in France and is famed for the rose-coloured bricks of its architecture that have given it the nickname the 'ville rose' (the pink city).

Rocamadour in the Midi-Pyrénées is a dramatic village built on a cliff face, famed through the centuries as a place of pilgrimage and for its Rocamadour goats cheese.

Cahors in the Midi-Pyrénées is the home of black wine from the malbec grape and is uniquely built on a twist in the River Lot.

A spectacular chasm leading into a huge cave system, the Gouffre de Padirac is a magnificent natural wonder. Descend 103m into the chasm by elevator or on foot and discover an underground world created over millenia by water...

Get up close to 130 barbary macaque monkeys at La Forêt des Singes, a beautiful 50 acre park where the monkeys roam freely - with no barriers or cages.

Take a beautiful river cruise underneath the medieval Pont Valentre on the river Lot. The boat Fenelon will take you on a 1 hour 15 minutes long cruise of the city, or you can spend all day on the river with a meal on board on...

Inside the former Bishop's palace is the Musée de Henri Martin which houses works of art by Neo-Impressionist painter Henri Martin. There are also several other exhibitions with collections including archaeology, ethnography,...