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Camping in Midi-Pyrénées

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Rolling fields of yellow sunflowers, the Armagnac vineyards and crumbling, ancient stone buildings amid sleepy villages make this colourful region popular with those who enjoy good food, fine wine and a leisurely pace of life.

Home of Armagnac, rugby and the Three Muskateers, the Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region of France, extending from the Dordogne in the north to the Spanish border. It is blessed by radiant sunshine and gorgeous scenery. South of the cultivated fields and cliffside villages beside the Lot river lie the stony lands of the Quercy Causse and the rocky gorges of the Aveyron and Tarn rivers. Centered around Millau, there are tortuous gorges and valleys, spectacular rivers, underground caves and grottoes and forested mountains.

Further south, high chalk plateaux, majestic peaks, tiny hidden valleys and small fortified sleepy villages, which seem to have changed little since the Middle Ages, contrast with the high-tech, industrial and vibrant university city of Toulouse. Lourdes is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the world. Toulouse-Lautrec, the artist, was born at Albi, the capital of the département of Tarn. In the east, the little town of Foix, is a convenient centre from which to explore the prehistoric caves at Niaux and the Aladdin’s Cave of duty-free gift shops in the independent state of Andorra.