Tourist Attractions in Midi-Pyrénées North 

Information and links to local tourism and vacation websites and tourist organisations to help you plan your holiday in south west France and Quercy...

Ski Resorts

The Pyrenees mountain range runs along the border between France and Spain, with the small country of Andorra nestling in the middle. The mountain range is 400 Km long and 70 Km wide stretching from the Atlantic in the west to the Mediterranean in the East. There are lots of ski resorts on both sides of the border and the Midi-Pyrénées has 38 ski stations offering over 1,000 Km of pisted skiing!

Viaduc de Millau

The Viaduc de Millau is the world's tallest vehicular bridge spanning the Tarn river valley in the Aveyron (12). The bridge is a part of the A75 motorway linking Paris to Clemont-Ferrand and Béziers. The French engineer Michel Virlogeux designed the bridge in collaboration with British architect Norman Foster. The viaduct was opened in December 2004. At its tallest point, 341m, it is taller than the Eiffel Tower and just 40m shorter than the Empire State Building.

Food and Drink

South-western France is famous for its diverse cuisine. The Basque country produces a local chilli called Piment d'Espelette (Ezpeletako Biperra) which is used to spice up local dishes that have a distinctly Spanish influence.

Toulouse is famous for its thick pork sausages, which are a key ingredient for a cassoulet stew of white beans, sausages, and goose or duck fat and local meat. Goat's cheese is another product of the region as well as the blue Roquefort cheese. Truffles and various wild mushrooms grow in the wild in the forests of the Midi-Pyrénées. Above all, the area is famous for foie gras, a pâté made from enlarged goose or duck liver. The area is also famous for fine wines and cognac.