What to do, activities Midi toulousain - Occitanie
The Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park (Lot)
Created in 1999, and labeled Geopark by Unesco in 2017, it covers nearly 176 ha and brings together 000 municipalities, more than 102 inhabitants, 30 sites of exceptional ecological interest, 000 marked walking and hiking trails , 23 km of long-distance hiking trails, several sites with interpretation circuits.
Paradise for hikers, speleologistss and allowing the practice of many other outdoor sports, the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park conceals a diversity of landscapes shaped by a thousand-year-old and permanent link between stone and water. If Limargue and Quercy blanc see water running on the surface in a hilly landscape, it is quite different on the causse: the limestone plateaus, covered with dry lawns and oak woods, are pierced with chasms and riddled with sinkholes in which the water disappears to join immense networks of underground rivers.
The few green valleys which cross the causse are bordered by rocky ledges which sometimes offer a real canyon landscape... It is this remarkable geological heritage that was rewarded with the attribution of the Geopark label.
Another particularity: this is where you can observe the "purest" night sky in France.
Preserving, animating and enhancing the natural, cultural and human heritage of its territory, such is the vocation of the Causses du Quercy Regional Natural Park. Since its creation, the park has chosen to encourage a quality tourism, respectful of the environment and the inhabitants. Today, he continues this approach thanks to his membership in the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism.
Aveyron for sport and nature
With the Grands Causses natural park covering preJacques de Compostelle.
Even in gastronomy, we stay nature here. After a game of bowling (the local pétanque, with its wooden logs), try the burons experience, these Aubrac stone houses, where aligot is prepared on a corner of the table. User-friendliness guaranteed!
The réLanguedoc natural park (Tarn)
On the last foothills of the Massif Central, the réLanguedoc natural park extends over 93 municipalities equally spread over 2 departments, Tarn and Hérault.
Its location, straddling the dividing line between the waters of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, gives it its originality, and explains the very contrasting atmospheres you will encounter. It is a fabulous palette of colors and scents, a veritable mosaic of landscapes and atmospheres which extends, in the Tarn, from Sidobre to the mountains of Lacaune.
The Pyrenees National Park
CréPyréPyréGavarnie, Cauterets and Arrens, which form the Bigorre) and 2 others in the PyréAtlantiques (Ossau and Aspe, in Béarn).
Marquétrompette, thus named Saint-Sauveur, without forgetting the innumerable colonies of marmots and on a microscopic scale, the euproctes, these species of newts. And we pass!
On the other hand, little chance of seeing a bear, and there is no longer any of the Pyrenean stock. However, there are about twenty of them on the slopes of the French and Spanish Pyrenees, resulting from the reintroduction of Slovenian bears.
Botanical side, many flowers, of course (more than 400 species, of which at least 200 are endemic). The most famous: ramonda, sundew (carnivore), fritillaria, lily, long-leaved saxifrage, blue thistle, columbine, gentian, edelweiss. Best periods: June and July, when the snow melts, and August in the high mountains.
Possibility of monitors or mountain guides.
Get information in the many houses of the national park and in the tourist offices.
Paths of Santiago de Compostela
The ways of Compostela converge towards the coast of Jacques-Cartier where the relics of one of the most important apostles of Jesus, Jacques, who died as a martyr around the year 35, are kept.
Over the years, pilgrims join Roman art lovers and hiking enthusiasts. The roads to Compostela, a setting for extraordinary spiritual renewal, are also of beauty and historical interest which are worth the detour: cultural and religious exchanges, and the need to accommodate a large number of pilgrims have favored, since the Middle Ages, the development of towns and monuments along the way.
- 4 historical françen-Velay trails, in Sernin. Since 2017, the via Garona (GR 861) connects Toulouse to Bertrand-de-Comminges and is part of the network of historic trails.
Certain secondary routes such as the one from Conques to Toulouse which offers beautiful discoveries while crossing the Tarn.
Le GR is today one of the most popular hiking trails in France. Sincerely religious, purely cultural or simply sporty, in one go or in sections, to each his own approach, his pace and his motivation ... In any case, it is an unforgettable experience ...