The Midi Pyrénées Region
Learn french in the south west of France, in Midi Pyrénées Region. Take advantage of your french courses and of your language study holiday in Toulouse to discover the treasures of the Midi Pyrénées Region (the largest region of France).
Not to be missed : Les Grands Sites Midi-Pyrénées
Idealy situated on the sunny south west region of France, between moutain, mediteranean sea and atlantic ocean, the Midi-Pyrénées region offers a large diversity of amazing sites to visit
- National Park of the Pyreneans, Regional Park of Les Causses du Quercy, Les Grands Causses, le Canal du Midi, naturals sites…
- 33 monuments on the World Heritage UNESCO list, 74 Museums
- 30 of the 149 « Plus Beaux Villages de France » (quality label)
- Towns classified « Ville et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire » such as Moissac, Montauban, les Bastides du Rouergue, Figeac…
So many touristic sites to discover and that you can’t miss during your language study holiday thanks to your school Langue Onze Toulouse!
Be amazed by these cities and their cultural heritage
- Toulouse : « The Pink City » with its prestigious Capitole Square, the St Sernin basilica (classified UNESCO on the Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle), The Jacobins’ cloyster, private mansions from the Renaissance (Hôtel d’Assézat for exemple) but also its 19 museums with unique collections.
- Albi : the old city with the old bridge, the cobbled streets, the Palais de la Berbie hosting the museum Toulouse Lautrec and the impressive Ste Cécile Cathedrale, masterpiece in itself.
- Cahors : the Valentré Bridge classified UNESCO on the Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle.
- Lourdes : small moutain town with its castle, impressive forteress restaured by Vauban. Massabielle Grotto, also called the sanctuary Notre Dame de Lourdes. Starting point of hikink in the Pyreneans.
- Millau : located in the heart of the Regional Park les Grands Causses, hosting the famous Roquefort cheese caves and reputed for its glove shops which supply the Haute Couture and fashion creators of the entire world.
Be blown away by masterpieces
- The Viaduc de Millau spans the Tarn river, it’s the highest of the world with its 343m high ! Designed by the British architect Norman Foster.
- The Canal des Deux Mers which link the Atlantic to the Mediteranean sea via Toulouse and Moissac, partly made up of the Canal du Midi (UNESCO).
Open your mind to the picturesque medieval villages
- Cordes sur ciel : it’s a perched village, and one of the oldest bastides (fortified town) of Midi-Pyrénées, architectural treasure where you can discover a lot of workshops (artists, painting, sculpture, jewels…)
- St Cirq-Lapopie : medieval village situated 100m up to the Lot river, elected « Village préféré des Français » in 2012. Classified village with at least 13 historical monuments, its rich heritage attracted a lot of artists and from 1950 famous surrealist poets came there. Not far from there, discover the Pech Merle grotto, prehistoric grotto with rupestrian painting.
- Rocamadour : village built successively on a cliff and hunging above a canyon where the river Alzou runs. Very close to the Dordogne valley and the famous Gouffre de Padirac.
With your school Langue Onze, you will have the opportunity to do excursions in Carcassonne, in Foix, in the Cathare castles such as Montségur.
To do : Outdoor activities
Preserved landscapes and large spaces, the Midi-Pyrénées Region is made to break your habits the time of a week end ! Have a « nature break » during your language study holiday.
- Hiking : Go to the Pyreneans, try the Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle, the GR10, discover the beautifull sites such as le Cirque de Gavarnie or the Pont d’Espagne.
- Skiing : In the most famous ski resorts of the Pyreneans, not far from nice old mountain villages. Ski trails (Luchon, Ax les thermes, Font Romeu, Peyragudes, St Lary Soulan)… are waiting.
Do not miss the Pic du Midi, 2877m high, reputed for the beauty of its landscape and its observatory.
- Bike rambling : on the very nice Voie Vert (« Green route ») with the Canal des Deux Mers or even in the mythical pass of the Tour de France !
- Boat riding : on one of the largest waterway of south of Europe with the Canal du Midi, the Lot river, the Baïse river, the Tarn river and the Garonne river. Canoeing and rafting in the gorges of Tarn and Aveyron…
- Spas : you can relax in the marvelous spot of the Pyreneans. For instance, enjoy a steam baths of Luchon : a Vaporarium unique in Europe !
Taste the local gastronomy
After your french class, enjoy the french gastronomy of the south west of France !
- Local products and specialities. Midi-Pyrénées Region is full of products reputed in the wide world : foie gras, black truffles from the Quercy, Roquefort Cheese, Tomme des Pyrénées cheese, saffron, the black pork « Gascon », the special grape « Chasselas », the pink garlic of Lautrec, violet sugar candy… Linger in the outdoor markets of villages and towns of the region and taste local products.
- Vineyards : Discover the French wines of the region and enjoy a wine tasting in Cahors, Gaillac, Madiran, Marcillac, Fronton. Don’t forget to try the Armagnac made in Gascogne : D’Artagnan country !
- Michelin-starred Chefs : Take your time to eat a delicious dish in one of the good restaurant of the region. Some of them are part of the Michelin list : the 3 stars Chef Michel Bras in Laguiole (Aveyron) or the 2 stars Chefs Michel Sarran and Yannick Delpech in Toulouse.
To discover : skills and crafts
You will be surprised by the Midi Pyrénées region and its craft workshops to produce unique masterpieces which go through the frontier and travel through the world.
During your language study and cultural holiday in the south of France, discover these historical jobs and visit workshops !
- The Laguiole knife : mythical object, this knife stamped with a bee between the handle and the blade has become as famous as the Swiss knife.
- The Millau Gloves : the Tarn has always been the cradle of the tanners and the textile industry. It’s the capitale of leather gloves, its delicacy and its elegancy seduce the most famous fashion creators.
- Art furniture of Revel : These Art furniture have been built since the XIXth century by cabinetmakers, marquetry inlayers, decorators and have been sent for centuries to the US or the Emirate.
- The Art pottery of Martres Tolosane : discover the art pottery production made by tradition from the XVIIIth century.
- Caussade’s hats : An exceptionnal skill since 1857. The main french hatter built its society (Ets CRAMBES). You’ll find every hat you want : panamas, boaters, caps… exported to the world.