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  • 1 Aven Armand Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hidden away beneath the Causse Méjean, this is one of the wonders of the subterranean world. The funicular takes you down more than 100m underground, where you find yourself in a forest of stalgmites within a vast gallery 60m by 100m. The bases of so..

  • 2 Tarn Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Invoked by the late-medieval poets, the powerful and serpentine course of the emerald Tarn cuts its way across the plateau landscape. The sheer stone faces it has hewn are one of the region's great attractions and visitors come from far and wide to a..

  • 3 Pic du Midi de Bigorre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    The familiar outline, standing clearly apart from the main Pyrenean chain, the breathtaking views and the scientific facilities (observatory) have largely contributed to the widespread fame of the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (2 865m). On arriving at level..

  • 4 Cathedral of Saint Cecilia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Cécile

    The Cathédrale Ste-Cécile is a veritable fortress of brick, a striking building opening through a canopy porch. The chancel is enclosed by a rood Screen made of lace-like stonework and decorated with magnificent statues; the fresco of the Last Judgme..

  • 5 Basilica of St-Sernin Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place St-Sernin

    The biggest and most beautiful Romanesque church of the Midi. It holds the largest number of relics in France, particularly, the sepulchre of Saint Saturnin, first bishop of Toulouse. The chevet, partly made of stone, and the five story eight-sided c..

  • 6 Pause Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    At the entrance to Couflens, the Port d'Aula road runs above the impressive forested valley of Angouls. The peaks of the last cirque in the valley, above Salau, can be made out through Salat Notch. Keep going past the superbly oriented ''balcony vill..

  • 7 Main Square of Mirepoix (Place du Maréchal-Leclerc) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Maréchal-Leclerc

    This square is surrounded by (late 13C-15C) houses with the 1st floor jutting out over timber-roofed arcades; note in particular the sculpted heads at the Maison des Consuls. Everything here seems to evoke Occitania: the welcoming shade, the large ca..

  • 8 Gargas Prehistoric Caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 261

    These caves covering two floors contain over 200 enigmatic prints of hands with incomplete, possible mutilated phalanxes. These paintings, made with ''stencils'' (negative hands), could be tied to a ritual of magic or initiation. Note also the drawin..

  • 9 Luz-Gavarnie Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Combining Gavarnie and Barèges Valleys, Luz-Gavarnie is mainly known for its Cirques (Gavarnie, Troumouse, Estaubé) with different overlapping layers of limestone that are sometimes clearly visible. Many of the summits are over 3000m. Here again the ..

  • 10 Tourmalet Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    From Barèges, the road enters the Escoubous Valley where a stream winds through stony meadows. After La Gaubie Bridge (don't miss the botanical gardens), the road winds up to the pass (alt. 2,115m), where there is a remarkable panorama. The way down ..

  • 11 Esparros Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Chemin du Gouffre

    This site is exceptional because of its huge galleries and the profusion and quality of its aragonite concretions which look like snow crystals due to their white colour and shape. The Lake Room in the damp area has superb concretions. The cave, open..

  • 12 Médous Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    60 route des Cols

    The 1km-long cave, discovered in 1948, contains many stalactites and stalagmites as well as broad swaths of melted calcite in unusual shapes evoking cascades, huge organs and draperies (in the Matterhorn, Great Organ, Hindu Temple and Gallery of Wond..

  • 13 Banks of the Tarn Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Rue E. Branly

    Starting from the Albi Tourist Office, follow the circuit Azur (blue loop) to explore the banks of the Tarn River which offer superb views of the city and its old fortifications. On the right bank of the Tarn there are some nicely restored old brick ..

  • 14 Chapel of Saint-Jacques Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue du Barry

    The Entombment (1490) is a remarkably elegant ensemble on three levels representing the final episodes of the Passion. The figures were sculpted in local limestone by an artist who is unknown to this day. The centre of the scene is occupied by the fi..

  • 15 Abbey of Moissac Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    . Place Durand-de-Bredon

    It was St. Odilon, the prestigious abbot of Cluny, who helped the Abbey of Moissac reach its golden age in the 11C. It is famous for its cloister and the tympanum on the south portal (circa 1130) of the Church of Saint-Pierre, one of the masterpieces..

  • 16 Belvédère du Pas de l'Ours Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    From col de la Gargante, head up left following the "Belvédère à 600m" sign (15min on foot there and back). From the viewpoint there is a fine panorama over the plunging Frau; 700m lower are the piton de Montségur and la montagne de la Tabe..

  • 17 Grau de Maury Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens


    At the heart of Corbières, this little hill is a gateway froom the Languedoc into Catalan territory and offers fine views. Peaks run into the distance behind the jagged crest dominating the Fenouillèdes.

  • 18 Corbières Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    This mountain area of the Aude borders the eastern Pyrenees, its heights overlooking the Fenouillèdes, has the citadels of the sky ( Peyrepertuse, Quéribus et Puilaurens), the scene of dramatic episodes in Cathar history. The spiny aromatic scrubland..

  • 19 Truyère Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Unyielding and obstinate the River Truyère has cut deeply into the granite plateau of the upper Auvergne, creating a winding and narrow gorge which is often wild and wooded. Hydroelectric dams have greated a long narrow lake. Leaving Entraygues on th..

  • 20 Dourbie Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Less well-known and thus less visited than the Tarn Gorge, the Dourbie Gorge has equally spectacular scenery as it winds its way sometimes vertiginously from Nant. Narrow and steep-sided for most of its course, its fresh wild waters are full of trout..

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