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If you have decided to explore the Midi-Pyrenees, you are making the right choice. It needs no introduction, but when you think of this beautiful region of France, you can only think of the majestic mountains, which leave you speechless in front of their huge size, the mild and sunny climate that caresses you, the grandiose natural sites that remind you how small man is, with modern architecture, medieval cities, lakes, the sea, the sun. In short, it is impossible to paint the picture of all the merits of the region. If you decide to visit it, we recommend a road trip to discover the many lakes, coves of the region, the Pyrenees National Park, the major cities (Toulouse, Lourdes, Rodez), passing by the famous Viaduct Millau, not to mention diving into the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. A spotlight on the region's flagship activities, in the Hautes-Pyrénées, between Cirque de Gavarnie and the National Park, in Aveyron, with Millau and Lac de Sarrans and among three major cities, Toulouse, Lourdes and Rodez.
In the High Pyrenees, nature has created beautiful sculptures that seem unreal. Among many other circuses, the Gavarni Circus is a breathtaking one. This vertical wall of 1700 meters, which seem an amphitheater background, has a breathtaking nature as its spectator: Mount Perdu, the Peak of Marboré, Taillon, Brèche de Roland and one of the biggest European waterfalls. Grandiose, it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, both for its geographical splendor and for its exceptional culture. It is indeed the cradle of the “pyrénéisme” , a poetic movement, and is an integral part of the Pyrenees National Park. The latter covers 45000 ha and includes exceptional nature: glaciers, pastures, cirques, valleys, lakes, torrents, peaks ... The fauna and flora that flourish there are also spectacular: vulture, golden eagle, capercaillie, marmot...
During your stay in the Aveyron, you can visit the gorges, the Aubrac, Conques and the fabulous hiking trails, also known for the pilgrimage. You will also be able to visit the famous Millau Viaduct, an impressive human construction, between contemporary art and integration with nature. With 343m in height, and 2460m in length, you will probably be impressed, or even get dizzy while traversing it. It will offer you an exceptional view on the Tarn valley, the Causse Rouge and the Causse du Larzac. The city of Millau itself is interesting thanks to its history and art. After it, do not miss to visit the Gorges du Tarn, the Causses and the Cevennes, classified as World Heritage by Unesco, and Peyre, one of the ten most beautiful villages in France.
Lake Sarrans is not lacking in magnificence: although artificial, it borders the Cantal massif and the Aubrac plateau, like a mirror in the Truyère valley. You can discover it and its radiant nature through hiking trails, or cruising.
In Midi-Pyrénées, many cities are worth visiting. Toulouse is a city with a rich past. It is the vestige of several civilizations, including the Visigoths'. You will discover historical treasures, from the Antiquity to the Renaissance, not to mention its contemporary art. Lose yourself in the alleys of the Pink City and discover its mansions, its interesting monuments (convent of the Jacobins, Capitol, Saint-Sernin Roman basilica), as well as the many museums of the city. Lourdes will also seduce you with its historical and natural heritage, while Rodez will seduce you with its rich culture.