The perfect outdoor holiday destination, Midi-Pyrénées is a region of vast horizons, unspoilt resources and landscapes of a beauty that will stay with you for ever.
In Midi-Pyrénées, home to no fewer than 4 regional nature parks , you will fall for the never-ending spectacle of the beautiful landscapes: hills and mountains where nature holds on to the character of its origins, countryside dotted with valleys and delightful villages, vast lakes and clear rivers, extraordinary places such as the Tarn Gorge, the Aveyron Gorge, the Lot Valley and the Dordogne Valley.
In the south, the region comes up against the magnificent Pyrenees mountain range whose peaks, rising to 3,000 metres, form a line along the border with Spain.
With an average of 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, Midi-Pyrénées is one of France's sunniest regions.
Spring comes early here, followed by a summer that is often very hot and a beautiful late autumn that lasts until the first snows cap the mountains.
The Autan wind, which blows from the Mediterranean, is an integral part of the climate of the Toulouse region and very much a part of life here. Its capricious, hot gusts have a habit of making the locals irritable, but happily only for a short time.
Many of the people of Midi-Pyrénées are recognisable by their sing-song southern accent, and they have a reputation for being spontaneous, warm and sometimes quick-tempered.
Generally bon vivant and welcoming, they are passionate and chatty. They consider conviviality to be one of their key values. Socialising around a good meal or in a party atmosphere, whether with friends, in the village or at a festival, is of the utmost importance to them.
Rugby is one of the great passions of the people of Midi-Pyrénées, with some of the biggest teams being Toulouse, Montauban and Castres. In Midi-Pyrénées, rugby is more than a sport; it's a culture in itself. As is the interest that the locals have in their Occitan roots, symbolised by the Cross of Occitania, the many linguistic and cultural manifestations of which are cultivated with assured pride.