The collection of Top Tourist Destinations in Midi-Pyrénées includes 7 towns and cities
that are of considerable interest and have an established historical and a cultural reputation. These include Toulouse
, the capital of Midi-Pyrénées, and also Albi
, the South of France's two 'villes roses' where brick has proved its worth as a magnificent building material. In Cahors
, the orange-red brick gives way to golden-hued stone in a town with a reputation for a superb quality of life.
At the foot of the Pyrenees, Lourdes
, the spiritual destination that is one of the biggest pilgrimage sites in the world, has also won its place among the prestigious Top Tourist Destinations in Midi-Pyrénées. The same applies to other great centres of attraction such as Auch
, capital of Gascony and Rodez
, the home of the great contemporary artist Pierre Soulages, and not forgetting Figeac
, the beautiful birthplace of Jean-François Champollion, the man who first deciphered hieroglyphics.