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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 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..

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

    Religious buildings

    pl. St-Sernin F - 31000 Toulouse

    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..

  • 5 Montségur Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 09300 Montségur

    Scene of the final crusade against the Cathars, the Château de Montségur, perched on its rocky crag 1,216m above sea level, occupies a site towering above a series of cliffs. It commands an exceptional view of the Plantaurel hills, the Aude Valley an..

  • 6 Niaux-La Calbiere Cave Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    F - 09400 Niaux

    This cave in the Vicdessos Valley is famous for its remarkably well-preserved prehistoric wall drawings. Due to the fragile nature of the setting, visits are conducted by torchlight and are limited to the Salon Noir area. The walls are decorated with..

  • 7 Prehistoric Park Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    rte de Banat F - 09400 Tarascon-sur-Ariège

    The Prehistoric Park is devoted to cave paintings and the life of the Magdalenians. It illustrates the world of the decorated caves through photographs, videos and excellent reconstructions, including a large painted panel from the Marscoulas Cave, t..

  • 8 Archaeological Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Palais des Archevêques F - 11100 Narbonne

    In addition to its lapidary collection evoking the institutions, religious and commercial practices of Roman Narbonne, the Archaeological Museum has France's best collection of Roman paintings. Primarily from the archaeological site of Clos de la Lom..

  • 9 Fontfroide Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    rte D 613 F - 11100 Narbonne

    In the Corbières hinterland, the abbey buildings of Fontfroide were mainly erected in the 12C-13C and represent the apogee of the Cistercian style, enhanced by fine 20C stained-glass windows. The cloister is very elegant and the church is large yet w..

  • 10 Cathar Corbières Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 11350 Tuchan

    With its fragrant scrub and valley vineyards, the mountainous Corbières region assures visitors a pleasant experience. It is however its Cathar heritage which continues to fascinate. Known as the "Five Sons of Carcassonne", the citadels pro..

  • 11 Château de Quéribus Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 11350 Cucugnan

    Three successive walls protect the keep which stands on the highest point of a rocky outcrop (729m). The polygonal two-storey keep is comprised of a lower room and an upper Gothic hall whose vaulting rests on a central pillar. The unusual layout and ..

  • 12 Musée Fenaille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    14 pl. Eugène-Raynaldy F - 12000 Rodez

    Hôtel de Jouéry is the oldest residence in Rodez and abutting it is a modern building which does not detract from the former in any way. This is the location of the Rouergue archaeology and history museum covering the period from prehistory to the Re..

  • 13 Lot Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 12190 Estaing

    Beyond Estaing, the River Lot flows into the Golinhac dam reservoir before flowing on through narrow and picturesque gorge scenery. Some 300m deep, the gorge rarely exceeds 1 500m across at the top of its sides. Rocky outcrops rise up from its wooded..

  • 14 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 ..

  • 15 Vis Gorge Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 34190 Madières

    Beyond Madières, the River Vis runs between the high cliffs of the Blandas limestone plateau on the left and the steep slopes of the Séranne mountain on the right. On leaving Le Claux, ruined Château de Castelas can be seen on a clifftop at the mouth..

  • 16 Jacobin Convent Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Lakanal F - 31000 Toulouse

    The Jacobin convent is a fine example of 13C and 14C southern French Gothic architecture. The enormous church has a double nave and seven columns supporting a 28m-high vault. The famous "palm tree" is made up of a column and 22 alternately ..

  • 17 Natural History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    35 allée Jules-Guesde F - 31000 Toulouse

    The Museum of Toulouse reopned its doors in 2008 after ten years of renovations. Located in the Jardin des Plantes south of the Allées Jules-Guesde that define the limits of the old town, it contains a large collection of natural history objects, par..

  • 18 Assézat Mansion Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Assézat F - 31000 Toulouse

    The most beautiful private building in Toulouse was built from 1555-1557 for public magistrate Assézat, who grew rich thanks to the woad business. It was designed by Nicolas Bachelier, the greatest Renaissance architect in Toulouse. Today, the unfini..

  • 19 St-Mary Cathedral Cloister and Treasure Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 31510 Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges

    The galleries in the cloister of Ste-Marie Cathedral are from various eras: Romanesque, Gothic, 15C and 16C. Note the remarkable capitals decorated with tracery, foliage motifs and biblical scenes, and the famous pillar of the Four Evangelists (Matth..

  • 20 Saint Mary's Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    pl. de la République F - 32000 Auch

    The vast chancel of the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie has preserved two sets of art work of the finest calibre: the stained-glass windows by Gascon master Arnaud de Moles (1460-1520), and the enormous stalls by huchiers (113 oak stalls in total, 69 of whic..

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