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About the Midi-Pyrenees
The Midi-Pyrenees coat of arms
AREA: 39151 Km˛

Population 2,505000 (2006) ranked 9th
Density 64/Km˛

Climate Continental

Capital Toulouse


Departments:  Ariege 09,  Aveyron  12,  Gers  32,   Haute-Garonne 31,
Haute-Pyrenees  65,   Lot  46, Tarn 81 , Tarn et Garonne  82.



Situated in the heart of south west France, bourdered to the east by the Languedoc-Roussillon region, then stretches north to the Massif Central mountains of Auvergne. The western border is with Aquitaine and finally the south borders Spain.
A landscape of ancient Bastide towns, villages, churches and castles stepted in history with wooded hills on the Dordogne borders to the great river valleys of the centre and the magnificient mountains of the Pyrenees.
There are these three distinct areas each having a great deal to offer the visitor, but it would be almost impossible to take in all that this region has to offer in one visit.
The Lot and Auvergne departments are in the area known as the ¨ Massif Central¨ in the north of the region and there is some spectacular scenery to be found along the Lot Valley, the following villages and towns are well worth a visit;
Auvillar, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Autoire,
Belcastel,
Cahors, Standing on a bend of the river Lot, it has an excellant market and good shops, the Cahor   vineyards run south along the river valley.
Cordes-sur-Ciel;   Mediaeval walled town with gothic buildings and timbered roof market hall.
Carennac,
Conques,
Estaing,
Figeaq, a quaint town.
Goutfre de Padirac,
Moissac,   Famous for its clousters.
Montauban,   a bastide town.
Najac,
Rocamadour,
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie,
Saint Come d'Olt,
Saint Eulalie d'Olt
Sauveterre-de-Rouergue

The central area contains the departments of Gers, Tarn and Tarn and Garonne, often referred to as Gascony; A beautiful area of unsoilt rolling countryside with ancient bastide towns;
Towns and villages of special interest are: Albi with its great red bricked Cathedral, the museum which houses many of the works of Toulouse-Lautrec who was born in the town.
Castres,
Gaillac a red bricked town of some note.
Bruniquel,
Lauzert,
Lectoure
Auch. The former capital of Gascony, standing high above the Gers river the old town is approached by flights of stone steps and narrow roads. Auch is in the heart of Armagnac country.
Fleurance,
Monreal-du-Gers,
Fource,
Larressingle, a smaller version
of Carcassonne;

The South of the region are the departments of Ariege, Haute-Garonne and Haute-Pyrenees.
Spectacular scenery, an area of snow clad mountain peaks with wooded valleys, good roads through the mountain passes, ideal for walking and cycling.
Towns and villages worth a visit include:
Carbonne,
Cazeres,
Foix,
Montsegur,
Saint Bertrand de Comminges,
La Couvertoirade,
Lourdes,

The Pyrenees National Park and Mont Perdu
Bagneres de Luchon,
Camon,

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