The take-off sites located along the Pyrenees range include one at Luchon-Superbagnères perched at an altitude of 1,800 metres, and one in the Louron Valley, regarded as the Pyrenean Mecca for paragliding and hang-gliding.
Millau, a major paragliding destination
We now head for Millau in the far south of the Aveyron département. The town is dominated by the Causse du Larzac, connected to the other side by Millau Viaduct, a Great Tourist Site in Midi-Pyrénées.
The cliffs at the Corniches du Larzac are home to three outstanding take-off sites: Pouncho d’Agast, Puech d’Andan and Brunas. Here you can enjoy all the types of flying, from thermal flying, which involves riding rising thermal air currents, to soaring, which makes use of the wind where it meets an area of higher ground. You can even have a go at stunt flying that includes getting so close to the ground you can touch it (known to paragliders here a 'wagas').
Because of the climate and shape of the terrain here, Millau enjoys exceptional air-current conditions, making it to paragliding and hang-gliding what Biarritz is to surfing: a major centre that is extremely popular with the paragliding community.
Rodez, Cahors, Saint Antonin Noble Val, etc. : check out these low-altitude spots in Midi-Pyrénées too, where you can enjoy the thrill of being up in the air while admiring the beautiful countryside.