There are so many things to do and places to explore in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France. Take in the local culture, explore the colorful markets and wander down medieval cobbled streets. Browse our selection of attractions, places and activities below:
Here are just some of our suggestions:
The river Aveyron is situated just outside the house boundaries so you needn't go far for a good days fishing.
Fishing in the Tarn area is very popular. Pike, perch, zander, carp, roach, faro, rainbow, salmon and trout can all be found in the surrounding rivers and lakes. An excellent place to buy trout is in the many markets in Cordes-sur-Ciel. On Saturday mornings you can chose and buy your fish straight from the fish tank!
Kayaking on the river Aveyron is fantastic fun and accessible to all. The water varies across the river so kayakers can choose a course suitable for their ability. Seasoned kayakers can tackle the toughest spots whilst beginners can navigate away from difficult areas.
As you kayak down the river you'll be able to view the spectacular gorges and stop off at the two café/bars which are situated on route. A full days kayak hire costs about 25 euros including collection from 12kms away.
The scenery in and around the Tarn area is absolutely beautiful which is probably why walking and cycling are some of the most popular activities in the area. One of the most spectacular cycle routes is through the Gorges du Tarn which is a canyon created by the Tarn river.
There is a road that runs through the bottom of the canyon which makes for a spectacular ride.
Beneath the towering white cliffs of Anglars Rock, Saint-Antonin lies between the Aveyron and Bonnette Rivers.
There are an increasing number of charming little shops, restaurants and bistros in St Antonin. Artists, craftsman, potters and leather workers work in an assortment of shops which have been established here for many years. These local establishments add colour and interest to the area.
Albi, capital of the Tarn, is arguably the most interesting small city in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Albi is home to the magnificent Cathedrale de Ste-Cecile which was built after the crusade in 1265.
Here there are some excellent shops and cafes, a newly refurbished magnificent indoor Halle, a theatre, an Irish Bar and a rail station. We recommend a look at the Pont-Vieux 19th-century arched bridge across the River Tarn which has a fantastic view over Albi's old town.
Located approximately half an hour away from the house, Cap Sur L'Adventure is a fantastic place for a family day out. On the adventure park you'll find all manner of attractions and activities including a beach, pedalos, water park/slides, paintballing, trampolining, go-karting and a giant zip line!
When you take a moment to catch your breath you'll find several restaurants on the park serving a variety of refreshments.
There are 3 different areas of the Gaillic Vineyards and all produce their own signature wines. The Gaillac vineyards produce a great variety of elaborate wines, a wide range of dry, sweet and 'perlé' white wines, red and rosé wines.
The town around the vineyards isn't that exciting but there is an interesting museum down by the river which narrates the history of the wines and vineyards of the region.
Voted the most beautiful village in 2014, Cordes-sur-Ciel is a must-see for anybody visiting the region. The medieval village consists of lots of steep cobbled streets and is lined with art galleries, jewelers shops and craft workshops.
The architecture in the area is truly beautiful. As you navigate the narrow streets you'll see lots of buildings from the gothic and medieval period.