Map of places to visit in Midi-Pyrenees

You can find details of some of the places we suggest you visit near Midi-Pyrenees below the map...

 
 

Albas:

Albas, a village on the Lot river, has a renowned wine festival each May

Albas guide

Albi:

Albi is quite a remarkable town, with a substantial and beautiful centre and sensational views across the river below. Very recommended!

Albi guide

Arreau:

Deep in the Pyrenees on a small river, Arreau is a delightful small town to explore

Arreau guide

Auch:

Auch, the ancient capital of Gascony, has a cathedral and several other historic monuments of interest

Auch guide

 
 

Audressein:

Audressein is a very small village in a picturesque river valley, visited for the ancient frescoes in the porch of the church

Audressein guide

Autoire:

Autoire is very small but very pleasant to explore, while nearby you can admire thescenery of the Cirque d'Autoire

Autoire guide

Auvillar:

The lovely village of Auvillar has a very unusual round market hall in the village centre

Auvillar guide

Ax-les-Thermes:

A spa town since the 19th century, Ax-les-Thermes is now better known for being close to the Ax-3 Domaines ski region

Ax-les-Thermes guide

Bagneres-de-Luchon:

Bagneres-de-Luchon is one of the nicest of the 'belle-epoque' spa towns that developed in the Pyrenees in the 19th century

Bagneres-de-Luchon guide

 
 

Bardigues:

Bardigues is a small village, very pleasant to stroll along the main street and to enjoy the views

Bardigues guide

Beaumont-de-Lomagne:

The weekly market in Beaumont-de-Lomagne has been held in the same market hall, in the town centre, since the 14th century

Beaumont-de-Lomagne guide

Belcastel:

The lovely riverside setting, the step cobled street and the castle combine to make Belcstel one of our favourite villages

Belcastel guide

Belmont-sur-Rance:

The Cevennes village of Belmont-sur-Rance is small but very enjoyable to explore, and to see the Collegial church of Saint-Michel

Belmont-sur-Rance guide

Bourg de Visa:

Bourg-de-Visa is one of several small villages in this region with no particular monuments but charming to visit

Bourg de Visa guide

Brassac:

Although it is very small, Brassac is a charming village to explore in the heart of the Tarn-et-Garonne countryside

Brassac guide

Brassac (Tarn):

The highlight in the centre of Brassac in the Tarn department is certainly the beautiful old bobbled bridge

Brassac (Tarn) guide

Brousse-le-Chateau:

Brousse-le-Chateau is an idyllic little village of steep cobbled streets on the banks of the Tarn and Alrance rivers

Brousse-le-Chateau guide

Bruniquel:

The cobbled streets, numerous medieval buildings and the castle combine to make Bruniquel a very lovely village to explore

Bruniquel guide

Cabrerets:

Cabrerets is a pretty village on the Célé river best known for the Grotte de Pech Merle

Cabrerets guide

Cahors:

Best known for the famous Pont Valentre bridge, Cahors is a lively town which also has a small historic centre

Cahors guide

Cajarc:

The medieval centre of Cajarc make it a pleasant place to visit as you explore the Lot Valley and the Natural Parc of the Causses de Quercy

Cajarc guide

Camon:

The fortified village of Camon, listed as a 'most beautiful village of France' is one of our favourites in this region

Camon guide

Capdenac:

Capdenac-le-Haut, another of the 'beautiful villages of France' is quite small but very picturesque

Capdenac guide

Carbonne:

Ransacked as a cathar town in the 12th century, Carbonne was rebuilt as a bastide town several years later

Carbonne guide

Cardaillac:

Cardaillac is a small, unspoiled village now listed among the 'most beautiful in France'

Cardaillac guide

Carennac:

There are numerous architectural highlights and attractive buildings in Carennac, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

Carennac guide

Castelnau-de-Montmiral:

The central square of Castelnau-de-Montmiral with its medieval buildings, and the views from its hilltop location, together make it very worthy of a visit

Castelnau-de-Montmiral guide

Castelnau-Montratier:

Castelnau-Montratier is a historic village with an imposing church and central square

Castelnau-Montratier guide

Castelsagrat:

Although quite quick to visit you will enjoy a stroll around the peaceful centre of Castelsagrat

Castelsagrat guide

Castres:

While not an important tourist destination, Castres has a pleasant town centre and an interesting Goya Museum to visit

Castres guide

Caylus:

The 14th century House of Wolves is just one of the interesting sights you will find as you climb the streets in the heart of Caylus

Caylus guide

Cazeres:

Cazeres is not a tourist town, but you might like to visit the Church of Notre Dame of the Assumption when in the region

Cazeres guide

Col du Tourmalet:

The Col du Tourmalet is a mountain pass in the Pyrenees, famous because the Tour de France passes here very often

Col du Tourmalet guide

Condom:

In the town of Condom it is the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre and historic centre that is of interest to visitors

Condom guide

Conques:

Best known for its abbey and a s a pilgrimage destination, the beautiful village of Conques is a highlight of any visit to Aveyron

Conques guide

Cordes-sur-Ciel:

Cordes is certainly one of the most beautiful towns in France with a great deal of natural and historic beauty - and rather a lot of tourists!

Cordes-sur-Ciel guide

Donzac:

The red-brick architecture and unusual church tower add to the charm of the little village of Donzac

Donzac guide

Dunes:

Not well known as a tourist destination, we found Dunes to be very characterful and well worth a visit

Dunes guide

Entraygues:

The medieval bridges and half-timbered houses are among the highlights in the village of Entraygues

Entraygues guide

Espalion:

Espalion, in one of the most picturesque regions of France, has a lovel bridge over the river and several other interesting historic monuments

Espalion guide

Espinas :

Visitors to Espinas usually come here to visit the Chateau de Cas with its furnished rooms and gardens to admire

Espinas guide

Estaing:

This pretty village in the Aubrac region has several monuments of note, including the Chateau d'Estaing

Estaing guide

Faycelles:

Although quite small, take the time to stroll around Faycelles when you are in this region

Faycelles guide

Figeac:

The market town of Figeac has many interesting historic buildings and streets to explore - one of our favourite towns in this region

Figeac guide

Fleurance:

The central square with its arcades and traditional market hall are the highlight of a visit to Fleurance

Fleurance guide

Foix:

The narrow medieval streets, the imposing castle above the town and the lovely setting make Foix an unmissable destination in Ariege

Foix guide

Fources:

Fources, one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' is unusual in being a bastide town that follows a circular layout

Fources guide

Gaillac:

The historic centre of Gaillac and its riverside position make Gaillac a very enjoyable small town to discover

Gaillac guide

Gavarnie:

The natural highlight of the Cirque de Gavarnie, a great circular cliff, is one of the most scenic places in the Pyrenees

Gavarnie guide

Giroussens:

Giroussens is a pretty village and home to a ceramic centre and great garden

Giroussens guide

Gouffre de Padirac:

The Gouffre de Padirac is the most popular cave system in France

Gouffre de Padirac guide

Gourdon (Lot):

The golden stone used to build much of the town of Gourdon brings much of its charm, and there are also several pretty small villages close to hand

Gourdon (Lot) guide

Gramat:

Gramat is a pleasant town to visit, and your children will enjoy the popular animal park here

Gramat guide

Grotte de Lombrives:

Not the most famous caves perhaps but the Grotte de Lombrives is the largest cave system in France

Grotte de Lombrives guide

La Couvertoirade:

La Couvertoirade, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', is one of the most complete fortified medieval villages in France

La Couvertoirade guide

La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite:

The tiny village of La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite, in the Gorges de la Dourbie, is well worth a pause to explore

La Roque-Sainte-Marguerite guide

Lacapelle-Marival:

The castle, medieval gateway and market hall are among the highlights in Lacapelle-Marival

Lacapelle-Marival guide

Laguiole:

The sweeping lanscape of the Laguiole region is best known for the famous knives made here, and seen at the fascinating Forge de Laguiole

Laguiole guide

Larressingle:

Larressingle is a perfect medieval fortified village, with the defensive walls around the town still almost completely intact

Larressingle guide

Lautrec:

Lautrec is a small village, but both the views and the intereting historic buildings make it very pleasant to explore

Lautrec guide

Lauzerte:

Lauzerte, a small bastide town in a hilltop position, is one of our favourite villages in this region

Lauzerte guide

Lavardens:

The castle and the church are among the places of interest in the small village of Lavardens

Lavardens guide

Lavaur:

Lavaur is a pretty red brick town in the Tarn department of France

Lavaur guide

Le-Pin:

Your challenge in Le Pin is to get a good glimpse of the fairytale castle, behind its hedges and closed to the public!

Le-Pin guide

Lectoure:

Lectoure is a pleasant town to explore as part of your stay in the Gascony countryside

Lectoure guide

Lisle-sur-Tarn:

Lisle-sur-Tarn is a pretty village on the banks of the Tarn river.

Lisle-sur-Tarn guide

Loubressac:

Both the unspoiled nature of the village and the beautiful views make the small village of Loubressac a great pleasure to visit

Loubressac guide

Lourdes:

Lourdes is of course very famous as a pilgrimage centre which attracts millions of pilgrims and visitors each year

Lourdes guide

Luz-Saint-Sauveur:

The pleasnt town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur is well placed to explore some lovely Pyreneean mountain scenery

Luz-Saint-Sauveur guide

Martel:

Numerous medieval towers and other fascinating buildings ensure that Martel retains its historic charm

Martel guide

Martres-Tolosane:

The small village of Martres-Tolosane is known for its faiencerie workshops

Martres-Tolosane guide

Maubourguet:

Maubourguet makes every effort to hide its impressive monuments but take the time to explore the narrow streets and all will be revealed!

Maubourguet guide

Millau:

The town of Millau is a lively traditional town, well worth a visit when you are exploring this region

Millau guide

Millau bridge:

Millau Bridge (the Viaduc de Millau) is a modern bridge designed by Norman Foster, one of the highest bridges in the world, and an imposing local monument

Millau bridge guide

Mirepoix:

In Mirepoix it is the beautifully preserved centre of the bastide town that is the highlight for visitors

Mirepoix guide

Moissac:

Moissac might go unnoticed except it has the 12th century Abbey Church of Saint-Pierre, and one of the loveliest cloisters in France

Moissac guide

Mont d'Astarac:

The frescoes in the village church are the highlight of your visit to Mont d'Astarac, a peaceful small village in the rolling Gascony landscape

Mont d'Astarac guide

Mont Perdu:

Mont-Perdu is a natural highlight on the border between France and Spain near Gavarnie

Mont Perdu guide

Montaigu-de-Quercy:

Montaigu-de-Quercy is a peaceful town in Quercy, at its liveliest with the Saturday morning market

Montaigu-de-Quercy guide

Montauban:

The pink houses and ancient arcades ensure that the Place Nationale in Montauban is the highlight in the town

Montauban guide

Montcuq:

Montcuq is a pleasant small town with a big church in the Midi-Pyrénées

Montcuq guide

Montjoi:

Monjoi is a very unspoiled small village that preserves a great deal of interesting houses

Montjoi guide

Montjoie-en-Couserans:

The tiny village of Montjoie-en-Couserans is included because it is the start point of a picturesque driving tour of the surrounding villages

Montjoie-en-Couserans guide

Montpezat-de-Quercy:

Montpezat-de-Quercy village has a lovely centre with arcaded houses and a 14th century collegiale church

Montpezat-de-Quercy guide

Montreal-du-Gers:

After exploring the picturesque village at Montreal-du-Gers you can visit the Roman Villa of Seviac nearby

Montreal-du-Gers guide

Montsegur:

In Montsegur be sure to visit the cathar castle with its lovely far-reaching views

Montsegur guide

Najac:

The village of Najac is very pretty, and the castle and ridgetop position mean you also have lovely views

Najac guide

Pamiers:

The largest town in Ariege, Pamiers has several notable monuments including the cathedral and the church

Pamiers guide

Parisot:

The village of Parisot is very small but also very picturesque so visit when you are nearby

Parisot guide

Peyre:

Close to Millau Bridge, the small village of Peyre is listed among the most beautiful villages in France

Peyre guide

Peyrusse-le-Roc:

Peyrusse-le-Roc is most unusual in having the small village to explore, and also the chance to walk through the remains of the more ancient village

Peyrusse-le-Roc guide

Puy-l'Eveque:

Puy-l'Eveque is one of the most picturesque, and most visited, of the villages along the Lot Valley

Puy-l'Eveque guide

Puycelsi:

We particularly enjoyed the walk around the ramaparts in Puycelsi, one of the 'most beautiful villages of France'

Puycelsi guide

Pyrenees National Parc:

The Pyrenees National Parc contains a great deal of the most beatiful mountain scenery in France

Pyrenees National Parc guide

Realmont:

Realmont is very typical of the bastide towns to be found throughout the Tarn department

Realmont guide

Realville:

The focus in the small bastide town of Réalville is the main square, surrounded by 16th century houses

Realville guide

Revel:

The large arcaded square in the centre of Revel contains one of the biggest medieval market halls to be found in France

Revel guide

Rieux-Volvestre:

The stroll along the river and the surrounding medieval red-brick buildings make Rieux-Volvestre an interesting village to visit

Rieux-Volvestre guide

Rocamadour:

One of the most visited destinations in France, Rocamadour is both an important pilgrimage destination and an exceptionally lovely little village

Rocamadour guide

Rodez:

In Rodez you can explore the historic town around the cathedral, and then choose between museums or shopping!

Rodez guide

Roquecor:

Roquecor is a perched village in Tarn-et-Garonne with an attractive historic centre and impressive views across the countryside

Roquecor guide

Saint-Antoine:

The most unique charateristic in the pretty village of Saint-Antoine are the painted walls inside the church, a very unusual site nowadays although common 500 years ago

Saint-Antoine guide

Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val:

Close to the Gorges de l'Aveyron, the medieval town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is one of the most attractive in the Tarn-et-Garonne

Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val guide

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges:

2000 years ago the town of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges had 10000 inhabitants - now it has 250! The Saint Bertrand de Comminges cathedral is the highlight in the old town centre

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges guide

Saint-Cere:

Some of the highlights in Saint-Cere are rather hidden away, so take time to explore the back streets of this medieval town

Saint-Cere guide

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie:

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is certainly among the most beautiful villages in France, with its riverside setting and lovely historic streets

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie guide

Saint-Come-d'Olt:

The pilgrimage village of Saint-Côme-d'Olt, with its castle and unusual church, is listed among the 'most beautiful French villages'

Saint-Come-d'Olt guide

Saint-Girons:

Saint-Girons is a quiet town, a perfect chance to see an unspoiled local town typical of this region

Saint-Girons guide

Saint-Lizier:

A small village in the Natural Regional Park of the Ariege Pyrenees, Saint-Lizier is very picturesque and also has a cathedral and other notable monuments

Saint-Lizier guide

Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave:

The castle and the arcaded buildings around the central square are among the places of interest in Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave

Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave guide

Saint-Savin:

It is the abbey church in Saint-Savin, and the surrounding countryside, that make a visit recommended

Saint-Savin guide

Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt:

After exploring the picturesque village at Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt you will find lots of scenic highlights in the surrounding countryside

Sainte-Eulalie-d'Olt guide

Sarrant:

The ancient gateway and half-timbered houses bring a medieval feel to the village of Sarrant

Sarrant guide

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue:

The highlight in Sauveterre-de-Rouergue is surely the medieval houses and arcades in the central square

Sauveterre-de-Rouergue guide

Severac-le-Chateau:

The highlights here in Severac-le-Chateau include the castle and the ancient vaulted passages in the historic centre

Severac-le-Chateau guide

Soreze:

The abbey-school and numerous ancient colombage houses are among the interesting finds in the village of Soreze

Soreze guide

Souillac:

The town of Souillac is enjoyable to explore, and well placed to explore the eastern Dordogne and western Lot regions

Souillac guide

Tarbes:

The substantial gardens of Jardin Massey are the main place of interest in the centre of Tarbes

Tarbes guide

The Jardin des Martels:

The Jardins des Martels is a beautiful garden and mini-farm near Toulouse.

The Jardin des Martels guide

Toulouse:

Toulouse, with its famous red-brick architecture, is one of the most impressive cities in the south of France

Toulouse guide

Tourtouse:

Although tiny, the castle (and picnic area) in the centre of Tourtouse make a detour recommended

Tourtouse guide

Valcabrere:

Valcabrere deserves a visit because of the very lovely roman style basilica of Saint-Just de Valcabrère, built on the edge of the village in the 12th century

Valcabrere guide

Valence-d'Agen:

Valence d'Agen has no important monuments but is an enjoyable unspoiled small town to explore

Valence-d'Agen guide

Valence-sur-Baise:

Explore the historic centre of the bastide town of Valence-sur-Baise, then visit the Abbaye de Flaran

Valence-sur-Baise guide

Varen:

At Varen you can see the Chateau du Doyenné and nice riverside views

Varen guide

Verfeil-sur-Seye:

The small bastide town of Verfeil-sur-Seye has a nice centre with a market hall and some colombage houses, then visit the nearby Jardins de Quercy

Verfeil-sur-Seye guide

Vic Fezensac:

Vic Fezensac is enjoyable to explore at any time, but best known for the music festivals held here each summer

Vic Fezensac guide

Vieux:

The small village of Vieux was once one of the most important pilgrimage towns in the region

Vieux guide

Villefranche-de-Rouergue:

The 13th century bastide town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue is very much a traditional local town of the region

Villefranche-de-Rouergue guide