Camping Guide to Midi-Pyrenees, France
From a British perspective, the Midi-Pyrenees is largely ignored when it comes to summer holiday destinations to consider, but the region can offer a great family holiday.
To begin with there are some great places to visit, including Toulouse, Albi, birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec; Lourdes, the pilgrim town; Moissac, Pic du Midi, Gavarnie, the Lot Valley, the Tarn Gorges, Rocamadour; Cordes sur Ciel, Montségur, Figeac and Montauban... to name but a few.Our guide will also point to some of the campsites in Midi-Pyrenees that operate in the region to make your stay one to remember.
Visit Midi-Pyrenees, France - Toulouse
Toulouse is capital of the Midi-Pyrénées and one of France's great cities, with both a historic university and a state-of-the-art space museum.
Toulouse lies on the river Garonne and the Canal du Midi and is often referred to as the 'pink city' because of the local brick and marble. It's also a place with a passion for dancing (especially the tango) and for Rugby. The old quarter has narrow, mainly traffic-free lanes, crammed with small boutiques.
The Place du Capitole is a fine square, lined by bars and restaurants, is the city's heart. Its east side is dominated by the imposing façade of the Capitole (town hall). Inside, the Capitole has fine staircases and 19th and 20th century paintings.
The art collections of the Musée des Augustins-Musée des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse are in buildings of a former monastery on rue de Metz. Devotees of modern art should head for the Espace d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in the old abattoir buildings on allées Charles de Fitte. At the southern end of the Pont Neuf, the city's oldest bridge, is a photography gallery, Le Château d'Eau, housed in the old water tower.
The Basilique St-Sernin, on place St-Sernin, is the largest Romanesque church in France and is dedicated to a saint martyred by bulls in AD 250. Built to welcome pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, it has an amazingly light interior. There's a morning market outside the basilica during the week, and a flea market on Sunday mornings.
Toulouse was a key city of learning and culture in the Middle Ages, but its focus is now high-tech industry. It has become France's hub for aeronautics. Airbus Industrie is the largest aeronautical site in Europe.