Of the twenty-six regions that comprise the country of France, the Midi-Pyrénées region is considered to be the largest of all the regions. With a land area of more than 45,000 square kilometres, the Midi-Pyrénées province is larger than the country of Denmark or the Netherlands. Midi-Pyrénées has been created artificially. This means that the area was not created as a result of historical or geographical unity. Instead, this was created by the French government to serve as a zone of influence for the region’s capital of Toulouse.
The Midi-Pyrénées region had long been popular among travellers during the winter months as it is home to some of the best ski resorts within the area. Today, this province is slowly gaining its popularity as a great get-away for the summer months as well. Its uncluttered landscapes, pristine rivers and picturesque villages free from traffic jams provide travellers a haven from the beaches and fashionable resorts in the country.
There is so much to do and see in the Midi-Pyrénées region. For those who are looking for a dose of history and culture, head out to the town of Ariège for a chance to marvel the majestic Cathar fortress at Montségur and the cave paintings located in Niaux and Mas d’Azil which date back to the prehistoric times.
For the foodie traveler, sample some of the finest Roquefort cheeses manufactured in Aveyron, a perfect accompaniment to the premium wines made from the vineyards from Haute-Garonne and Lot.