Uncategorized

Occitanie

Midi-Pyrénées Region and the City of Toulouse


Welcome to the Midi-Pyrénées Region

The Midi-Pyrénées region is located in the heart of south-western France. The region extends from the wooded hills of the Dordogne in the north, to the great river valleys in the center, and the majestic Pyrenees mountains and the Spanish border to the south.

A stream at the foot of the Midi-Pyrenees Mountains in France.
A stream at the foot of the Midi-Pyrenees Mountains in France.

One of France’s largest regions with a landscape dotted with ancient towns, charming villages, castles, Romanesque churches and a rich history.

The region is known for its agriculture. The region produces a variety of crops including corn, soy, sunflowers, tobacco, wheat, tomatoes, a variety of beans, kiwis, melons, strawberries, apples, pears, plums and peaches.

The gastronomic excellence of the region is unquestioned. When staying in the Midi-Pyrénées region choose an upscale Relais & Châteaux or a tiny local inn. In either case, the food will delight and the local wines will deliver.

A map of the Midi-Pyrénées region of France.
A map of the Midi-Pyrénées region of France.

France’s 4th largest city, Toulouse, is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region and is home to the French aerospace industry.

Toulouse, France

Heart of the South

A bridge in the center of Toulouse, France at dusk.
A bridge in the center of Toulouse, France at dusk.

The city of Toulouse is situated in the middle of the Midi-Pyrénées region of France. Toulouse is a 2,000 year old city with a rich and amazing history. Modern Toulouse is one of France’s main centers of industry. Toulouse is also France’s 4th largest city. Visitors will find a stroll along the Garonne and the Canal du Midi particularly pleasing. Toulouse is known as a friendly city with many open-air and covered markets featuring a wealth of locally produced produce, cheese, foie gras and wine.

Visit the tourist office of Toulouse official website to learn more about Toulouse.

Places to See in Toulouse

  • The Saint-Sernin basilica
  • Cathedral Saint Etienne
  • Antique Dealer’s quarter
  • Renaissance townhouses: hôtel de Bernuy, hôtel d’Assézat, hôtel de Pierre
  • Musée des Abattoirs
  • The Bazacle – a permanent exhibition space on the banks of the Garonne.

To plan a perfect vacation to the Midi-Pyrénées or Toulouse, contact us.

Languedoc Roussillon and Montpellier


All about the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France

From the peaks of the Pyrenees mountains to the wide open spaces of the Camargue and the Mediterranean coastline, the Languedoc-Roussillon is filled with the history of many centuries.

It’s adjacent to Provence and shares the relaxed vibe of that region, with simple humble food and unfussy wine. As with Provence, Roman artefacts, ruins and the remains of roads and aqueducts abound. Historic villages of the Cote Vermeille are a stand-out.

A view of the Pont du Gard in France from the river below.
A view of the Pont du Gard in France from the river below.

Walled cities are scattered throughout the region, but the crown jewel is the medieval city of Carcassonne. An important stronghold that changed hands many times in the Middle Ages, Carcassonne was set to be demolished by Napoleon Bonaparte but public uproar got it restored, much as with Bruges in Belgium. Re-enactors use the long summer nights to bring the area’s turbulent history to life with battles of the “boules.”

As laid-back as the area is, there is a bit of hustle and bustle in lively Montpelier, site of one of the world’s oldest medical schools.

Montpellier

The Chateau d'Eau in Montpellier, France.
The Chateau d’Eau in Montpellier, France.

With just about 200,000 residents, Montpelier is a walkable city with an extensive old town area that bans cars. Make a point of trying the region’s specialty, cassoulet, and finish off your meal with a creme Catalan, the local version of creme brulee.

Rail from Paris to Montpellier departs from Paris Gare Lyon. The trip from Paris to Montpellier last about three and a half hours.

Visit the Montpellier tourist office to learn more about the city.

Languedoc-Roussillon Map

A map of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.
A map of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.

Contact us to create a custom trip to Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region.