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  • 1 Aspin Pass Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D918 F - 65240 Aspin-Aure

    Aspin Pass offers a sweeping panorama in spite of its lower altitude compared to the three other major passes on the Route des Pyrénées between Eaux-Bonnes and Bagnères-de-Luchon (Aubisque, Tourmalet, Peyresourde). The position of the massifs, and th..

  • 2 Pibeste-Aoulhet Massif Regional Nature Preserve Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 65400 Agos-Vidalos

    The flora and fauna in this nature preserve at the entrance to the Gaves Valley are really interesting: Corsican mountain sheep and izards sharing their habitat with nesting birds of prey on the high limestone cliffs covered with moors and meadows. T..

  • 3 Point Sublime des Gorges du Tarn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 48500 Saint-Georges-de-Lévéjac

    This Sauveterre plateau viewpoint is aptly named. The panorama takes in the Tarn Gorge, narrow ravines towards Pas de Soucy and the Roche Aiguille. At the foot of the modest plateau overlooking the Tarn from 400m up is the magnificent cirque des Baum..

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

    Religious buildings

    pl. Ste-Cécile F - 81000 Albi

    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 Montségur Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    32 r. du Village 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 Grotte du Mas-d'Azil Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    av. de la Grotte F - 09290 Le Mas-d'Azil

    A famous prehistoric milestone in the scientific world, since it was here that the Azilian civilization was studied and defined, the Mas d'Azil is one of the most interesting natural sites in the Ariège. 420m long and 50m wide, the cave houses object..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 St Just and St Pasteur Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    r. Armand-Gautier F - 11100 Narbonne

    The High Gothic chancel was completed in 1332 but to continue it would have been necessary to demolish part of the ramparts, which at the time were still of use. Work stopped there and thus the cathedral is made up of an architecturally pure chancel ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 Fontfroide Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 ..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Musée Fenaille Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    14 pl. 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..

  • 16 Abbatiale Sainte-Foy Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    F - 12320 Conques

    Most of this abbey church dates from the 12C, including the exceptional tympanum over the west door, which features no less than 124 figures carved out of yellow limestone representing the Last Judgement. It is best seen at sunset. The interior is eq..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 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 ..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 Bemberg Foundation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. d'Assézat F - 31000 Toulouse

    This collection assembled by Georges Bemberg is devoted to artwork (paintings, sculpture, objets) from the Renaissance to the 20C. Works by Venetian artists ( vedute by Canaletto), Flemish and Dutch painters (Rogier Van der Weyden, Pieter de Hooch), ..

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