Whether it is because it is the Midi-Pyrenees region is located in the deep south of France and has no beach to speak of or whether it is largely unknown, this area is not attracting its fair share of UK families. I think it is time to put this region on the holiday map.
The Midi-Pyrenees has 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… and the list goes on. This region is also rich in quantity and quality of campsites.
Taken from our guide to Midi-Pyrenees, here is an excerpt…
Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées, with both a historic university and a state-of-the-art space museum. This great city 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.
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.
Use this link to view campsites in Midi-Pyrenees
(Photo=View of Camping Rieumontagne in the Midi-Pyrenees, one of I Spy Camping’s 2012 hidden gems)