catering holiday accommodation in the
south of France, from the Basque country to Languedoc .
Southern areas of Midi-Pyrénées, Aquitaine and the Languedoc
times for Languedoc - Gascony
10 to 14 hours from Calais or Lille under normal driving conditions.
access routes from the UK, Belgium or Holland:
Western sector - motorways via Orleans
Eastern sector: motorways via Dijon and Lyons, or Orleans and
Toulouse, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Nimes, Pau,
Peripheral airport: Marseilles
Regional information pages:
region of France
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PYRENEES - Gascony
The "Midi Pyrenees"
administrative region of modern France covers a large part of the
lowland area between the Massif Central mountains to the north east,
and the Pyrenees to the south.
Most of this area consists of plain
or of gentle rolling hills, and is not unlike Tuscany in many parts.
The region is strongly agricultural, with production of sunflowers,
corn, vines and other crops.
forming a natural land barrier between France and Spain, are a
beautiful range of high mountains, thickly wooded on their lower
slopes, but offering good mountaineering and hill walking higher up, as
well as skiing in winter - not to mention the attraction of day trips
into Spain. In the west, the Basque
in the department of "Pyrénées Atlantiques" (administratively part of
Aquitaine) is where the Pyrenees, clad with bracken and gorse, come
down to meet the Atlantic. The Basque area has its own culture,
architecture and language, shared with the Spanish Basque region beyond
Biarritz, on the
Atlantic coast, is a very popular resort.
The biggest city in the region, and administrative capital, is Toulouse,
nicknamed the "pink city" on account of the the abundant and historic
use of bricks as building material. Other historic cities include Albi, capital of the
Tarn, with its
astonishing fortified mediaeval cathredal built almost entirely of red
brick, or Foix, capital
of the Ariège. The capital of the Pyrenees, Pau,
is a delightful city, standing before a backdrop of the high mountains
to the south. One other very famous place in the Pyrenees is the
pilgrimage centre of Lourdes.
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This area extends from the peaks and valleys of the Cevennes, in the
north east, to the Spanish border in the south.
rising to some 1400 metres at their highest, are beautiful mountains,
with lush forests on their lower slopes, and open hilltops above. The
steep-sided valleys are threaded by roads that twist and turn for miles
In the north of the region, the Lozere
department is a high dry area stretching from the Cevennes to the
The coastal strip of Languedoc
is fairly flat, and agricultural, being one of France's biggest
wine-producing areas. It is dotted with small villages and towns, very
Mediterranean in look and feel. Inland from the coastal plain, and
coming right down to the sea in the department of Aude, is the
"garrigue", arid rocky Mediteranean hills with their vegetation of
scrub, aromatic bushes and occasional fields.
main cities of Languedoc are Montpellier,
the regional capital, Nimes
famous for its superb Roman remains, Narbonne, Perpignan,
the port of Sète,
which are very meridional in flavour. The city of Carcassonne, with its
fairytale mediaeval fortifications (a rather romantic
nineteenth-century renovation) is one of the region's most popular
attractions. The Languedoc coast offers large expanses of sandy
beaches, between rather brash modern or sixties resorts such as Cap d'Agde.
here for gites in Languedoc
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