Now part of a larger region known as the Languedoc-Roussilon-Midi-Pyrénés, this region surrounds the city of Toulouse and is not a historical region at all, but an invention of the 20th century. But that does not mean that it lacks history or isn’t a great destination for our foodie tours in France! Far from it. Rather, the history runs through the many provinces that form it, such as Gascony (but only part of Gascony is the in the Midi-Pyrénés), parts of the Languedoc, and Quercy, to name a few.
Although Toulouse is a large (and lovely) city), much of the Midi-Pyrénés is sparsely populated, and its towns seem from a bygone era. The hilly countryside lends itself to farming, while the Pyrénés themselves offer some of the most stunning mountain vistas in Europe.
There are many things to see and experience in the Midi-Pyrénés on our foodie tours in France, but here are just a few of our favorites!
1) The Middle Ages
This is one of those regions whose villages seem steeped in history, such as Aveyron, Souillac, and Cahors. These stone-contructed towns Also not to be missed is Rocamadour, whose incredible stone abbey perched high on the hillside seems something out of a gothic novel.
2) Roquefort and Armagnac
Alright, we could have put these as separate categories, but why not combine two of the region’s most famous gastronomic products? Roquefort is a the famous sheep’s milk blue cheese that is considered one of the best and most known cheese in the world. Armagnac is the Gascony region’s answer to Cognac – a wonderful brandy that less expensive and arguably as good as (or better than) its more famous cousin.
3) Canal du Midi
This long canal connects the Garonne River to the Etang de Thau and is one of France’s most navigated canals. Originally built to aid in the transportation of goods, its main use now is for recreational barge tours, running as it does through much of the most beautiful parts of southern France. Want to see it yourself? Find a few friends and charter your own barge for a luxury barge cooking vacation.
We offer a number of wonderful foodie tours in France in the Midi-Pyrénés region, including Cooking in Gascony, Delectable Dordogne, and more. We’d be happy to talk to you about any of these or our other wonderful foodie tours in France!
By Peg Kern
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