The Midi-Pyrénées, a large inland region of south-west France, has been part of the new region Occitanie since 1 January 2016. It was formerly the largest region of France. Occitanie has combined both the Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon. The region stretches from the Massif Central in the north east, to the Pyrenees in the south and lower lying area is one of the most productive agricultural in France.
The Midi-Pyrénées has much to offer both in summer and winter in the mountains which rise up to 3,000 metres where it meets with the Spanish border. Skiing during the winter is very popular and hiking and walking in the summer months.
The world famous pilgrimage centre of Lourdes attracts around 6 million people every year to worship at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Toulouse is the capital of the region and other cities include: Figeac, Montauban and Tarbes.
See also: Attractions in Midi-Pyrénées
Lourdes in France is a small market town, nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees. Although home to a large fortified castle that rises out of the rocky cliffs, the town is famous for its eighteen apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette Soubirous. The town has has been home to many miraculous healing’s and is therefore a very important Roman Catholic Pilgrimage location. Due to the amounts of people who flock to Lourdes each year, Lourdes is second to Paris for hotels per square KM, with over 270 hotels taking in the annual 5 million visitors.
Rocamadour. For nearly a thousand years, the narrow, lonely canyon of the Alzou has been home to a cluster of buildings clinging to the rock half way up the sheer cliffs; and from this improbable spot, a powerful call has gone out, drawing millions of the faithful to the shrine of the Black Virgin of Rocamadour.
Albi town in southern France. It is located on the River Tarn, c. 85 km northeast of Toulouse. It was the seat of the Archbishop of Albi and is the seat of the Diocese of Albi. The episcopal city, situated in the center of the actual city, around the cathedral, was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2010.
Moissac is a town in the Tarn-et-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region in southern France. It is famous world-wide mostly for the artistic heritage handed down by the ancient Saint-Pierre Abbey.
Eighty springs made it a popular spa resort dating back as far as the middle ages, in the reign of St.Louis. In 1260, the Count of Foix, Roger 1X, built a leper hospital here to treat soldiers who had contracted leprosy in the Crusades in Palestine.There is also a church at Ax and the Abbaye Lagrasse dates back to 994, a capital of Chatellenie since the middle ages which received many privileges of the counts of Foix.
- Toulouse – Capital of the region
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