Be there! do that! in Toulouse-Pyrénées
BE THERE! IN TOULOUSE-PYRÉNÉES
Toulouse-Pyrénées entices you to plan a holiday with a difference. From experiencing spatial encounters and aviation marvels in Pink City Toulouse to discovering history and heritage in Albi and marvelling at iconic monuments and picturesque landscapes, a memorable escapade is yours for the taking in this region nestled in South West France.
DO THAT! IN TOULOUSE-PYRÉNÉES
• Capital of the region, Toulouse invites you for an encounter with space at the Cité de l'Espace – an adventure park and a happy hunting ground for family outings. Discover the fascinating world of aviation with a visit to the Aeroscopia Museum and stop by at the Airbus factory to get up close and personal with the giant bird of the skies!
• Discover Toulouse's local attractions such as the Capitole, the Saint-Sernin Basilica, the Jacobin's Convent. Do not miss encounters with the iconic flower of the region – the violet!
• A rendezvous with the sky awaits at the Pic du Midi situated at a height of 2877 metres above sea level located at 2hrs 30 minutes from Toulouse. Access the summit with a cable car ride where outstanding views of the Pyrenees Mountains await you. Make the experience even more memorable with a stay at the tallest hotel in Europe, located at the Pic du Midi
• Plan an arty rendezvous Albi, birthplace of celebrated artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum. Take in a bit of history and heritage with a visit to its historic city centre which enjoys a UNESCO World Heritage classification. Include a visit to the Sainte—Cécile Cathedral which is the largest brick cathedral in the world.
• Discover Albi by boat or through a tourist train that traverses the medieval roads of this city!
• At an hour's drive from Albi, lies the charming village of St Antonin Noble Val known for its cinema connection. The Hollywood film, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" starring Om Puri and Helen Mirren was filmed on location here. Recreate the cinema experience with visits to locations that were part of the film.
• Feel spiritual with a visit to Lourdes. Make Lourdes your base and discover the great outdoors. Plan visits to the grandiose Cirque de Gavarnie – a natural bowl carved by ancient glaciers in grey, ochre and pink limestone rocks – that enjoys a UNESCO Classification.
• Enjoy natural encounters at Cauterets and the Pont d'Espagne located in the heart of the Pyrenees Natural Park.
• Round off your great outdoors expedition with a well-deserved spa session. Enjoy Inca Baths at Argelès-Gazost or the Bains du Rochers at Cauterets which offers you a hot pool facing the mountains!
ON YOUR PLATE!
A haven for gourmands and wine connoisseurs alike, the Midi-Pyrénées abounds in regional delicacies and flavours alike. Tempt your taste buds with the indulgent flavours of the black truffle of Quercy, the formidable Roquefort cheese and the exquisite Foie Gras. Wine aficionados can raise a toast to the wide array of delectable flavours found in the wines of the South-West. Many a spirited encounter can be had with the renowned Armagnac brandy produced in Gascony. Take off on the "Route de l'Armagnac" that meanders through vineyards while relishing the aromas of this brandy known for its unique finesse and roundness. The fine flavours of Midi Pyrenees' gastronomic delights find expression in the "masterpieces" of many Michelin-starred chefs that the region is home to. Include a meal at the restaurant of celebrated local chef Michel Bras (3 star Michelin) for some wonderful culinary memories.