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Languedoc Roussillon, Tarn Gorges Travel guide

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Languedoc Roussillon, Tarn Gorges : Michelin's recommendations

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Starting from Toulouse, known as the ‘‘pink city’’, take some time to explore the Midi-Pyrénées region. Although you can feel the influence of nearby Spain here, it is nonetheless one of the most typically French areas! A land of rugby, foie gras and cassoulet, but also of fishing, hiking and spas, it seems tailor-made for R&R! Indeed, people are quick to put down roots here and come to love its rough and wild side, like its prehistoric sites and bears at liberty deep in the Ariège region!
Between the mountains and the sea, Languedoc Roussillon is a patchwork of little pays (‘lands’) which seem to have been specially designed for a family holiday! In summer the coastline is swarmed, particularly around the Côte Vermeille and Collioure, where the painters Picasso, Matisse and Derain came to stay in the early 20C, fascinated by the purity of its sea light.
Approaching Carcassonne, you will be amazed by the silhouette of this medieval town whose ramparts and keeps are among the most striking in Europe. This is a great jumping-off point for exploring the Cathar castles of Peyrepertuse, Aguilar and Quéribus perched on top of their dizzying peaks!
Down at the bottom of the Tarn Gorge, you can hear the water gurgling while birds of prey screech high in the air above its vertiginous cliffs. Whether you go through the gorge in a canoe or a kayak (from Florac to Ste-Enimie), on foot or even by car (along the Route des Gorges), these canyons offer an uninterrupted succession of magnificent sites and breathtaking views.

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Languedoc Roussillon, Tarn Gorges : Must-see towns and regions

  • Albi

    Dominated by the fantastic silhouette of its brick cathedral, «Albi the Red», the town is spread along the side of the Tarn. Seductive and welcoming, Albi invites you to stroll, with its winding lanes...

  • Carcassonne

    With its double encircling of ramparts and its chateau, its formidable citadel built between the Languedoc plain and the first foothills of Corbière, the city of Viscount Terncavel nourishes the imagi...

  • Lourdes

    Lourdes is the largest place of pilgrimage in the western world. From Easter to All Saints' Day, 6 million faithful come to pray in the famous grotto of Massabielle. Situated on the edge of Béarn and ...

  • Nîmes

    Half Provence town, half Languedoc town, the old Roman town posed between sea and Cévennes is justly proud of its great antique monuments - the amphitheatre and the Maison Carrée, and the Tour Magne t...

  • Toulouse

    At approximately 50km from the central Pyrenees, Toulouse has been the capital of Occitania since the time of Raymond and the Counts of Toulouse. During the crusade against the Albigensians, they symb...

  • Montpellier

    Situated a few kilometres inland, the capital of Languedoc-Roussillon is a dynamic place. Bathed in Mediterranean light, its old quarters and public gardens are pleasant to stroll through by day, and ...

  • Perpignan

    This is the capital of the Roussillon, part of Catalonia annexed by Louis XIII in 1641, and owes its economic expansion to the export of fruit and vegetables. It makes the most of its Catalan nature. ...

  • Castres

    There is plenty to do in Castres. There is the Goya museum, which is a «must», there are the horse-drawn barges to see this town of tanners and weavers by, and there is the Black Mountain within easy ...

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