Hot in the summer, splendid in the spring, ripe for skiing in the winter, and a kaleidoscope of colour in the autumn - welcome to the Pyrenees. Accommodation for Pyrenees holidays has to cater for all types of visitors to this ever-popular region, no matter what time of year or what activities are on the agenda. Whether you are holidaying with groups of friends, family or as a couple, there is vast and varied selection of Pyrenees accommodation to choose from to guarantee a truly memorable stay in the region whether sightseeing, skiing, or just exploring this fabulous region.
Self Catering Pyrenees
When self catering in the Pyrenees, in a cottage, gite or apartment - you are free to set your own pace and of course free to sample the cuisine that the region is famed for. Visit a local market and gather ingredients for an authentic Pyrenees dish, or try the local restaurants, boulangeries and patisseries for something truly authentic! Self catering Pyrenees style will of course vary according to the time of year you visit, as seasonal foods are a big part of this fabulously French lifestyle, along with the fine wines that flow freely at mealtimes.
Gites in Pyrenees
To many, self catering holidays in France strike up images of charmingly rustic accommodation. If this is your ideal getaway, gites in Pyrenees towns and villages could be just what you are looking for. These renovated farmhouses are fully furnished and often come with all the mod-cons, offering a little slice of luxury in the countryside. Gites in the Pyrenees are frequently close to the owner’s own residence who will often arrange a warm welcome, essential advice and samples of local produce during your stay.
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As the largest region of metropolitan France, the Midi Pyrénées is hard to define in a few short paragraphs – but we’ll try! Having absorbed several former provinces, including Gascony, Languedoc and Rouergue, a fascinating blend of cultures, landscapes – and perhaps more importantly food – await you. Occupying a large swathe of the Pyrénées any visit to the region should involve taking in the spectacular views afforded by the area; gentle walks, challenging hikes and fun-packed bike rides are all great ways to get around. Further east you’ll find beautiful, clear rivers, fields of sunflowers and forests teeming with life. And if you want the hustle and bustle of city life, Toulouse offers a cafe lifestyle to match the best in France!
Places to go in Midi Pyrénées
A region with so many centuries of history and so many influences from peoples of all kinds is understandably hard to put labels on. The borders are sometimes matters of dispute – but here are a few labels that most people can agree on: the Chef-lieu of Toulouse should be on your hit list, along with ancient Auch, Cahors with its towered bridge, Millau with its sheepskin glove museum, the striking cathedral at Rodez, the Catholic pilgrimage town of Lourdes, Castres with its house-fringed section of the River Agout – and don’t forget to visit Colomiers, if only to see what free public transport feels like!
Our Top Picks in Midi Pyrénées
We want you to enjoy the best that the Midi-Pyrénées has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Pyrénées National Park
Home to 70 different species of animals, the Pyrénées National Park is a nature lover’s dream come true – created in the sixties on the ethos that the animals within it are free to roam without borders or fences. You do get a real sense of being in a wilderness when you venture into this vast park. Containing a large tract of the Pyrénées, part of this park straddles the mountainous border between France and Spain. Here you’ll enjoy soaring mountains, placid lakes and plant and animal life in abundance: add to this the sheer scale of the place, and you’ll begin to see why it is so popular among casual walkers, nature enthusiasts, horse riders, hikers, skiers and mountain climbers alike. If you fancy any of these activities, this is the place to come!
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
Whether you have an interest in Roman Catholicism or not, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is a very special experience. You might think that only a particular type of person turns up at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes – but you might be surprised to find that all manner of ages and races make the pilgrimage to what has become one of Europe’s most visited religious sites. It is built on the site where 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous saw the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858 – thus turning the location into a religious pilgrimage site. As well as the beautiful cathedral, there are dozens of other churches and places of worship to see. Don’t forget to try Lourdes water either – purportedly infused with the power to heal – and if you want to gain the full Lourdes experience, why not take a dip in the town’s baths? A delightful place to visit that has a real energy about it.
Walking Tours in Toulouse
As the fourth-largest metropolitan area in France, Toulouse has a really big city feel, boasting its fair share of fantastic public buildings and cathedrals. We think one of the best ways to get around the city is on foot, and choosing one of the many walking tours ensures you don’t waste time getting lost! While the city has a great many high profile museums, religious buildings and historic sites, a walking tour gives you the chance to discover the little cafes tucked away on back streets and the incidental details of the city that, with a little help from your guide, will suddenly take on a great deal more significance. A great way to uncover the hidden Toulouse!
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