Nature activities in Midi-Pyrenees

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    © ATOUT FRANCE/Philippe Imbault

  • Herd of cows on the plateau of Aubrac

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    Herd of cows on the plateau of Aubrac

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  • Hikers on the edge of a lake (Néouvielle)

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    Hikers on the edge of a lake (Néouvielle)

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  • Parc de Segur in the Aveyron

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    Parc de Segur in the Aveyron

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  • Causse Comtal

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    Causse Comtal

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Nature activities in Midi-Pyrenees 31000 Toulouse fr

Encompassing the land from the Causses (foothills to the south and west of the Massif Central) to the Pyrénées, the Cathare lands (between Albi and Toulouse) and the countryside around Armagnac (Gers), the Midi-Pyrenees region is a wonderful blend of landscapes and diverse atmospheres. Several regional nature reserves add to the multi-faceted beauty of the region, from the Aveyron to the Ariège.

The Pyrénées National Park both protects and promotes the high peaks and deep valleys, a truly unique mountain environment. And the great sites add to the spectacle of this vast, eclectic region. In the Pyrénées, there are the waterfalls of Pont d'Espagne and the Cirque de Gavarnie, the Pic du Midi de Bigorre of the summit of the Vignemale, etc. In the Causses, there is the Gouffre de Padirac, Rocamadour, and much more. 

Here, you will find many wonderful landscapes ideal for hiking and cycling.

Hiking

Hiking here is unique, with the GR 10 which crosses from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. You can explore a few of the magnificent sites: towards the lakes in the Massif de Néouvielle, in the valleys of the Aure, the Louron and the Azun, etc. And the GR 65 remains the main road on the Santiago pilgrimage, passing through the valley of the Célé and Conques (in Aveyron), whereas the GR 36 winds through the superb Lot valley, via Cahors and Moissac.

Cyclotourism

Cyclists are not far behind. From Toulouse, the pink city, a green route follows the magnificent blue line of the Canal du Midi for 40 km towards Castelnaudary to the east. To the north, the banks of the Garonne will also boast a bicycle path. To the south, a Veloroute is being constructed from Carbonne, towards Saint-Gaudens and the historic site of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges. In the heart of the Pyrénées, the green route of Gaves links Lourdes to Pierrefitte-Nestalas, via Argelès-Gazost, over 17 km, with the Tourisme et Handicap (Tourism for the disabled) label. The "Passa Païs" green route travels 54 km from Mazamet in the Tarn. You can also mountain bike in one of the many FFC-approved sites and marked tours spread over the 8 departments. And experienced bikers can set their own challenges by climbing the legendary mountain passes of the Tour de France: Aspin, Tourmalet, Peyresourde, etc.

Navigable waterways

Of course, the Canal du Midi is the epitome of river tourism in France, with its history, its surroundings (for example towards the Seuil de Naurouze), its listed bridges and its impressive, ingenious locks. Barge bed and breakfasts as well as pleasure boats are available for hire all along the canal. A wonderfully pastoral atmosphere, in a class of its own.

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