Spectacular mountain scenery and bright sunflower fields
The Pyrenees comprises the Midi-Pyrenees, at the centre of which is Toulouse, and the Pyrenees Orientales, which belongs to the southern Languedoc and borders Andorra and Spain. Together they form a stunning area of France, with pretty towns and swathes of sunflower fields and vineyards, which steadily rise to become the mountainous landscape of the Pyrenees themselves.
The Midi-Pyrenees is famous for its gastronomy, as well as being the proud home of the musketeer d’Artagnan, immortalised by Alexandre Dumas. It’s a place that dances to nature’s rhythm; from the wooded valleys of Aveyron, through the charming towns of Albi, Auch and Toulouse, to the breathtaking scenery of the Pyrenees National Park, it’s a captivating region where humanity exists in harmony with its surroundings. The Pyrenees Orientales stretches from the mountains to the Mediterranean coast, and features as much variety as its larger counterpart. Perpignan is one of its main attractions, an enchanting town declared the centre of the world by Dalí. The beach at Collioure is also a fine place to spend the day, while the area around Mount Canigou is truly magical.
The Pyrenees is a region that provides walking and cycling for all ages and abilities – the huge mixture of landscapes means visitors can select exactly the style and scenery they prefer for the perfect active holiday.
5 Matching Holidays
Canal du Midi Prestige
Ancient cities and idyllic waterways
From the extraordinary fortified town of Carcassone to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, travel down tree lined towpaths, over beautiful stone bridges and through some of the prettiest scenery in southwest France, ending each day in...
Compostela - Cahors to Lectoure - Stage 4
Spend some time exploring this important stop on the pilgrims' trail
Set off from the fascinating town of Cahors, heading from the Lot into more rolling landscape of the Tarn et Garonne. A couple of opportunites to take a more strenuous detour which will be rewarded with splendid vistas.
Compostela - Lectoure to Aire sur l'Adour - Stage 5
There's much to see in d'Artagnan country!
The landscape on this section is wide and open with views that stretch far ahead to your destination. Enjoy a detour to Eglise-hospital Sainte-Christie, for its peace and tranquillity.
Cathar Castles - Stage 1
Trek of the Cathar Castles from Tuchan-Quéribus to Quillan
Trek through the foothills of the Pyrenees past ancient Cathar Castles, through beautiful and changing landscapes from craggy rocks to lush green meadows. You’ll stay half-board in friendly chambre d’hôtes and small hotels where you’ll...
Cathar Castles - Stage 2
Continue from Quillan to Foix via Montségur
Discover the unique history, wonderful food and elegant wine of this fascinating region, with its lush meadows, vineyards, and distant snow-capped peaks. Follow ancient trails to the precariously perched ruins of Cathar castles, and stay in...