This region is one of the newest and only created in the late 20th century. It offers a diverse and exciting range of landscapes from the long valleys of the Tarn et Garonne through the rugged cliffs and gorges of the Tarn and Lot to the open spaces and gentle rolling hills of the Gers. Home to a high density of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’.
Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Lot, Haute Garonne, Haute Pyrénées, Ariége, Gers
Getting there and getting away
Airports: Toulouse, Rodez, Bergerac,
TGV stations: Agen, Montauban, Toulouse
Within the dramatic department of the Tarn and its eponymous river gorges, one feels a sense of the south west meeting south east. Architectural styles meet, and the climate from west to east, and north to south, are often
The sleepy, peaceful department of the Gers came into being during the French revolution and was created from parts of the ancient provinces of Guyenne and Gascony. The area is largely agricultural and food-lovers will find
As you might imagine, the Lot is dominated by the river of that name. As one winds further inland, so the valley sides become ever steeper, more gorge-like, and dramatic - great sport for adrenalin junkies, whilst those of a quieter persuasion
Long and narrow, the department of the Haute Garonne stretches from north of Toulouse right down into the Pyrénées to the Spanish border. 200km of the Garonne river forms the boundary of the department and this, along with
From the drama of the the mountains that form the border between France and Spain, to the rolling hills of the central area and the wide open spaces of the more agricultural north, the Haute Pyrénées offers a little of every type of landscape.