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Holidays in the Midi-Pyrenees, France

The Alps may be the mountain capital of Europe but the Pyrenees are no less dramatic and have something for everyone. The Midi-Pyrenees, as the title suggests, sits right in the middle of the mountain range that divides Spain with France. The capital, Toulouse, reflects this dual identity and is one of the most cosmopolitin cities in the whole France. 

Spanning 435km across the southwest of France, northern Spain and Andorra, the landscape varies from herb-scented Mediterranean slopes to dense broadleaf forests, deep river canyons, cool mountain lakes and snow-tipped peaks. The slow pace of life here is blissfully untainted, tourists are few and far between and the region has an authenticity about it that is often hard to come by in The Alps. Inexpensive food and wine, hundreds of hiking trails for all abilities and some of the best river activities in Europe make this a fantastic holiday destination.

For more information on how to reach the Pyrenees by train, see our Rail Journey Planner. The gateway cities are Toulouse and Pau.

XC mountain biking in the Pyrenees mountains of France

Guided XC mountain biking holiday in the French Pyrenees

On this XC mountain biking holiday in the Pyrenees mountains of France you'll discover spectacular off the beaten path singletrack in a stunning mountain environment. Improve your riding thanks to the professional skills coaching that's included.
€710 based on two people sharing and a min 6 people booking

More holidays in Midi Pyrenees

XC mountain biking in the Pyrenees mountains of France

Guided XC mountain biking holiday in the French Pyrenees

On this XC mountain biking holiday in the Pyrenees mountains of France you'll discover spectacular off the beaten path singletrack in a stunning mountain environment. Improve your riding thanks to the professional skills coaching that's included.

€710 based on two people sharing and a min 6 people booking

7 days
Various departures from 1 July to 31 October
Snowshoeing holiday in the Pyrenees mountains of SW France

Guided snowshoeing holiday in the central French Pyrenees

A snowshoeing week that takes you off the beaten tourist track into wild and spectacularly beautiful winter landscapes surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Pyrenees. Eat good local food and learn about the unusual wildlife from local guides

€1200 based on 2 people sharing and provided a min of 4 people book

This snowshoeing holiday is for 7 nights
From January to March
Exploring tracks and trails on a horse trekking holiday in France

Guided horse trekking holiday in the Central French Pyrenees

A guided horse trekking holiday exploring the Pyrenees foothills and mountains in France is one of the most eco-friendly ways to discover this wild and unspoilt environment. Ride a native breed of horse, stay in mountain refuges and eat local food.

The price of €640 pp is based on 2 people sharing a room. Min 4 people required.

This holiday is for 3 days and 4 nights
Various departures from July to September
Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride, Spain, France and Andorra

Raid Pyrenean Coast to Coast Ride, Spain, France and Andorra

An escorted and supported challenging road bike journey over eleven of the most famous Cols in the Pyrenees. Traverse the mighty Pyrenees hugging the Spanish border, travel through Andorra and France and swim in the Mediterranean sea .

From £1029.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from June to September
Cycling the tow path

Cycle the Canal du Midi

Explore the fabulous French vineyards, chateaux and waterways by bike along the Canal du Midi on a guided tour fully supported by a dedicated vehicle, with half the trip on dedicated cycle paths. Bring nothing but enthusiasm and an appetite!

Prices from £1329

8 days
Saturday departures from end of April to the end of September
Experience the red deer rut in the Pyrenees from up close

Wildlife discovery holiday in the French Pyrenees

Discover the exceptional wildlife of the mountains of the French Pyrenees. Explore the territory of the brown bear, the chamois and the ibex, experience the red deer rut up close and personal and observe the bearded vulture and other raptors overhead

€580 pp based on 2 people sharing and a min 4 people

4 nights, 3 days
Various Sunday departures in October