With an average of 2000 hours of sunshine per year, Midi-Pyrénées is one of the sunniest regions of France. Spring comes early and has a feel of summer to it. July and August enjoy the warmth of intense sunshine. Autumn often enjoys the warmth of an Indian summer with wonderful days spent under a beautiful ultramaritime sky.
Local product:PruneauxSavoury specialities:Potée de chouxCassouletEstouffade ariégoise (stoved pork)AligotTripouFoie GrasJambon de Porc NoirSweet specialities:Gateau à la BrocheConquises (sweets)Cheeses:RoquefortBleu des CaussesTomme des PyrénéesCabécou de RocamadourAlcohol:Vin de GaillacVin de CahorsArmagnac
AlbiAlbi grew up around the original cathedral and episcopal group of buildings. From walls to roofs, structures to cladding, red brick and tiles are everywhere. Along with Toulouse and Montauban, Albi is one of the main cities built in Languedoc-style brick. CahorsEnfolded by the Lot, Cahors, with its attractive streets, golden tiles, venerable plane-trees and busy bustling boulevards, is busy reinventing la dolce vita in its own inimitable way. The town is an open invitation to take a pleasant stroll. GavarnieA typical Pyrenean village. Discover an exceptional environment in the heart of the Pyrénées Natural Park, a setting where the association between man and nature has been recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. LourdesFor over a century, the Sanctuary is faithful to its mission of welcoming and helping those who spend a time on pilgrimage there. Lourdes appears to be the second most frequented place of pilgrimage after Rome. MontaubanListed as a city of Art and History, Montauban is the oldest of the bastides of Southern France. This pink brick city has kept its own identity, renovated its monuments, witnesses of an eventful history. Montpellier-le-VieuxTake an extraordinary journey through a surprising world of strangely formed rocks. Water and wind have sculpted these contorted shapes in the grey stone of the Causses Noir, creating a fantastic world of bewitching forms. www.montpellierlevieux.com RocamadourA sanctuary, a legend: Rocamadour is magic all the way up. A dream built of stone, perfectly poised above the Alzou gorge, this place of pilgrimage is a fusion of earth and sky. A church in the cliffside, a suspended village, a castle in the air... ToulouseIdeally situated in the heart of Southern France, the cosmopolitan and enthusiastic Ville Rose joyously mixes heritage and lifestyle, great cultural events and festival pleasures. Toulouse is an absolute must for everyone wanting to explore France.