The Pyrénées make a fabulous backdrop for a range of exciting adventure activities, including climbing, walking, fishing, cycling and skiing (December to April). For more leisurely activities, golf courses can be found at Montrejeau and La-Bastide-de-Seran - tennis and horse riding are available nearby. Other local activities include...
For cyclists, the Tour de France passes our way most years. Recent guests who were following the Tour sang the praises of the local area - and they should know after cycling all that way!
For walkers, the Midi-Pyrénées has 17,000km of footpaths, of which 4,500km are for serious mountain walkers. We have several route guides which you are welcome to borrow.
For culture-vultures, the architecture of the local towns and villages has been very well preserved, with some buildings dating from as early as the 12th century. Many of the castles and churches are linked to the Cathars, Knights Templar and pilgrim route to Santiago-de-Compostella.
For wine lovers, there are any number of vineyards to explore and wines to taste, including the famous Jurançon, Fronton and Gaillac. And throughout the summer months, there are local village festivals and fairs to join in with, celebrating everything from world championship boule to cheese, wine and honey.
Things to do
Folklore festivals; Fêtes - 14 July & 15 August; "España en Salies" (Spain in Salies Festival); tennis; swimming pool; golf; gym; casino; piano bar.
The region's only zoo is 15km from Toulouse city centre. Large and privately owned, it has two different sections. The first is a wildlife park containing African big game: lions, zebras, buffalo, rhinoceros and ostriches. The second part is a more traditional type of zoo with a picnic spot and children's playground. In total there are around 350 different species of animals. There is a show with performing seals several times a day.
Created by the city authorities as an educational tourist attraction. A significant part of Toulouse’s industry is based around Space Technology – the Cité de L’Espace provides a showcase for it. Here you will find some excellent interactive exhibitions and shows, with guided tours and lectures available. It’s not particularly cheap but we consider it good value all the same.
Le village Gaulois
Reconstruction of an village before Roman invasion. In July and August there are displays of bronze casting, weaving, basketry, pottery and dyeing.