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  • 1 Tarn Gorge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48150 Florac

    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..

  • 2 Pont d'Espagne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 65110 Cauterets

    Set in a magnificent site, this bridge in fact owes its name to an ancient mule track leading to Spain. Several footbridges and viewpoints offer breathtaking views of the tumultuous waters of two mountain streams forming a series of cascades as they ..

  • 3 Cirque de Gavarnie Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Gavarnie

    At the end of the village of Gavarnie, take the dirt track and follow the left bank of the gave (mountain torrent). Suddenly the superb Cirque de Gavarnie comes into view: three layers of snow-covered strata, peaks gleaming curiously white against oc..

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

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65200 La Mongie

    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..

  • 5 Lot Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. de Saint-Pierre F - 12500 Espalion

    Leave Espalion on the left bank of the Lot. At St-Pierre, cross the bridge to the Church of St Pierre de Bessuéjouls and admire its fine 11C Romanesque chapel. Continue on towards Estaing, stopping to enjoy its castle and picturesque streets, before ..

  • 6 Banks of the Tarn Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. E. Branly F - 81000 Albi

    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 ..

  • 7 Notre Dame Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place d'Armes F - 12000 Rodez

    The current building was built in red sandstone from 1277. The impressive façade, with the allure of a fortress was originally a stronghold built beyond the city's perimeter wall. In 1510, a magnificent 87m-high bell tower was built to top the Flambo..

  • 8 Pause Pass Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D703 F - 09140 Couflens

    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..

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

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. du Maréchal-Leclerc F - 09500 Mirepoix

    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..

  • 10 Lac d'Oô Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 31110 Oô

    To reach the lake, take the D 618 (Peyresourde Pass road) out of Luchon, then turn left in Castillon on the D 76 (Oô Valley road) which runs along the vast moraine on which the villages of Cazeaux and Garin are perched. The Lac d'Oô is located in a m..

  • 11 Gargas Prehistoric Caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65660 Aventignan

    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..

  • 12 Luz-Gavarnie Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Gavarnie

    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 ..

  • 13 Tourmalet Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65120 Barèges

    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 ..

  • 14 Esparros Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    chemin du Gouffre F - 65130 Esparros

    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..

  • 15 Médous Cave Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    60 rte des Cols F - 65200 Asté

    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..

  • 16 Chapel of Saint-Jacques Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. du Barry F - 81640 Monestiés

    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..

  • 17 Abbey of Moissac Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place Durand-de-Bredon F - 82200 Moissac

    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..

  • 18 Galamus Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D7 F - 11190 Cubières-sur-Cinoble

    From Cubières-sur-Cinobe the narrow corniche road seems to defy gravity. Only rarely does one glimpse the river running below in a deep narrow ravine. Pause at the hermitage of St-Antoine-de-Galamus (view of Le Canigou), within which is a dark chapel..

  • 19 Grau de Maury Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D123 F - 11350 Cucugnan

    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.

  • 20 Corbières Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 11360 Durban-Corbières

    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..

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