A tile roof in the village of Penne
© CRT Midi-Pyrénées / D. Viet
Orangey tiles and brick bring colour, soul and age-old ornament to a large part of Midi-Pyrénées.
Brick quaysides along the River Garonne in Toulouse
Warm, sensual, changing; brick soaks up the sun. Depending on the intensity of the light, it bathes cities, towns and villages in a halo of orange, pink or crimson.
Cathedral of Sainte Cécile in Albi.
Technology given to us by the Romans (tegulae), bricks made from local clay have been used to build even the largest monuments.
Yellow / Golden
A field of sunflowers in Gers
Midi-Pyrénées is France's leading organic farming region (AB label), with more than 105,000 hectares farmed organically.
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A glass of Armagnac (drink responsibly)
A beautiful amber colour, Armagnac is a prestigious brandy distilled by skilled small-scale producers in Gers.
Peaks of the Pyrenees
Watching the sun set on the Pyrenees: a magical experience accessible winter and summer from the top of the Pic du Midi (2,877 metres).
Blue / Grey
Extracting woad pigments - Bleu de Lectoure workshops
Woad, a plant used to dye fabrics blue, brought wealth to the area around Toulouse during the Renaissance. This industry is today undergoing a revival.
On the shore of the Lac de Saint-Ferréol
© D. Viet
Many of the lakes and rivers of Midi-Pyrénées are great places to enjoy swimming and the full range of water sports while on holiday.
Calade (decorative pebble paving) in Place du Maréal Foch, Millau
© C. Chabanette
Traditional materials (stone, brick, wood, river pebbles, etc.) are what give the houses, towns and villages of Midi-Pyrénées all their charm and character.
Ochre / Beige
A herd of sheep on the Causse du Larzac
The thriving age-old tradition of pastoralism has helped give the Larzac the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Causses and Cévennes.
Foie gras on pain de campagne
Iconic of the gastronomy of Southwest France, delicious foie gras is a superior food product enjoyed all over Midi-Pyrénées.
The carved tympanum of Conques Abbey Church
Ochre, beige or vanilla limestone worn by the passing centuries adorns countless residences and monuments in Midi-Pyrénées with all its finery.
Artfully, man has tilled the soil of the countryside to produce great vineyards like those of Armagnac, Cahors and Gaillac.
Monts de Lacaune - Haut Languedoc Regional Nature Park
For a holiday out in the country, immerse yourself in the green of forests, meadows, mountains and valleys criss-crossed by thousands of footpaths.
The hills of the Lauragais
Landscapes of hills and dales, criss-crossed by idly winding roads, make up some of the characteristic countryside of Midi-Pyrénées.
Red driving gloves - Maison Causse Gantier - Millau
© Causse Gantier
These red leather gloves made in Millau cater for modern tastes. Glove-making is a trade that goes back to the 12th century and remains a popular craft today.
A concert at the Jazz in Marciac festival
Red for the passion that brings to life the Jazz in Marciac festival in August, which attracts the biggest names in Jazz.