TOURISM - Toulouse and Midi-Pyrénées

Welcome to southern France where nature can be beautiful and majestic, tormented or peaceful.

The monuments, churches, abbeys, castles and palaces are in tune with natural beauty.

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The Capitole place in Toulouse

With more than 450 000 inhabitants, Toulouse, the 4th city in France, is the main city of the Midi-Pyrénées region. Midi-Pyrénées is situated in the south-west of France.

The historical past of Toulouse is rich, it has been founded at the roman period, 24 centuries ago.
This city owes its name "Pink city" to the colour of the bricks covering the walls.
It combines a strong living spirit with a brilliant past and can unveil the gist of its beauties while jealously hiding less familiar treasures.
Toulouse also lives to the sound of rhythm and music, with a subtle mix of Italian and Spanish influences.
The center of the city has a number of historical sites, museums and fancy shops.

Toulouse - The Pink City

Ariane 5 at the Cité de l'espace in Toulouse

Toulouse it's also the future.

Famous for its aeronautical and space industries, its universities (Paul Sabatier university, Toulouse-Le mirail University and Social Sciences University), its laboratories and research centres, Toulouse is always looking forward.

Toulouse, it's also the nature, peaceful and restful right in the center of the town with the Royal Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Garden of Plants.

Toulouse - The Japanese GardenToulouse - The Royal GardenToulouse - The Garden of Plants

Toulouse - Prairie des Filtres

Weather in July in Toulouse is in general warm and sunny, with possible thunder and showers in the evening.

Morning temperatures are about 15 to 20 degrees Celcius, while temperatures can climb up to 30 degrees in the afternoon.

For more information about cultural events, museums and touristic places in Toulouse consult: Culture in Toulouse.


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Famous Sites :

The Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France:
Santiago de Compostela was the goal for pious pilgrims from all over Europe during the Middle Ages. To reach Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims had to pass through France by four routes. These routes are marked out by historic buildings all more beautiful the ones than the others. Routes of Santiago de compostella are now part of the UNESCO World Inheritance List and many sites of Midi-Pyrénées are classified.

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Canal du Midi :
Le Canal du Midi is classified in the world inheritance of UNESCO.
Le Canal du Midi links Toulouse and the mediteranean sea. It's prologanted to Bordeaux by the Canal "latéral à la Garonne" (Garonne sided channel). The main goal was for ships to avoid the skirting of Spain. Le Canal du Midi is 15-20 meters large and 2 meters deep for about 360 kilometers long. It was built between 1667 and 1694.
It required a lot of structures (like bridges, locks and tunnels) difficult to build in the XVIIth century. Its principal architect was Pierre-Paul Riquet whose statue is in front of its canal in Toulouse ("Allées Jean Jaurès" avenue). Le Canal du Midi remains one of the most formidable human achievements of the industrial era.

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Some figures about Midi-Pyrénées ...

  • Inhabitants: 2 430 663
  • Surface: 45 541 km2
  • Highest summit: 3298 meters, "Le Vignemale"

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  • Aveyron Tourist Information Center
  • Aubrac region: land of wild landscapes and picturesque old villages. Way of the Puy and pilgrims bridge are UNESCO World Heritage List rated.
  • Bozouls: small village in a remarkable natural site carved out the rock by the river.(Alternative web site)
  • Conques: one of the France's finest Medieval sites. UNESCO World Heritage List rated.
  • Najac: a pretty village, crowned by a cliff-top castle.



  • Gers Tourist Information Center
  • Armagnac: its vineyards spread over three diffeent areas.
  • Auch: with its cathedral and monument staircases. St Marie cathedral is UNESCO World Heritage List rated.
  • Bastides circuits: Jegun, fleurance, Flamarens, Lectoure (way of the Puy is UNESCO World Heritage List rated.), Terraube, Montréal, ...
  • Eauze: capital of Armagnac, the town is located in the heart of the vineyards.
  • Flaran: Cistercian Abbey built in 1151.
  • Laressingle: a most impressive scaled-down fortified village.


  • Lot Tourist Information Center
  • Cahors: Europe's last fortified bridge : Valentré bridge (13th century), a huge-domed cathedral (St Etienne cathedral), vineyards... Cathedral and bridge are UNESCO World Heritage List rated. (Alternative web site)
  • Gouffre de Padirac: the deepest cave in europe, naturally formed. An underground river with 103 meters under ground. The room of the Large Dome's vault rises 94 meters height and the top of its Lake located at 28 meters higher than the top of the bed of the river.
  • Rocamadour: 2nd most visited tourist site in France, a medieval pilgrimage centre. St Sauveur church and St Amadour crypt are UNESCO World Heritage List rated.
  • Saint Cirq la Popie: Cliff-top village.




  • Tarn & Garonne Tourist Information Center
  • Bruniquel: An impressing cliff-top Castle.
  • Moissac: Oldest Abbey in Europe. The cloister and the tympanum are UNESCO World Heritage List rated. Moissac is also famous for its OAC Chasselas (a variety of grape).
  • Montauban: 2nd town of Midi-Pyrénées. Famous for its museums and its red bricks walls.
  • Montech water slope: Used to bypass 5 locks in the 2 directions, this unique system is used for is based on two engines which are retaining a triangle of water on which floats boats.
  • Saint Antonin Noble Val: Medieval town with 800 years-old streets.

Near Midi-Pyrénées

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