Family Camping Holidays in Midi-Pyrénées

Midi-Pyrénées camping

The Midi-Pyrénées offer some of the most stunning inland scenery in France with its selection of mountains, hills, lakes and rivers. At the centre of the region are the Pyrenees Mountains themselves, which straddle the boarder between France and Spain. The region has something to offer the whole family, whether you’re interested in adventures, exploration or just some relaxing in lovely surroundings.

The region’s capital is Toulouse, known for its university, aerospace industry and Romanesque St. Sernin Basilica, part of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. The region is also well known for the famous town of Lourdes and the Grotto of Massabielle, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858.

Things to do while you’re camping in the Midi-Pyrénées

Toulouse is a great town to visit and has some unique family friendly museums such as the Cité de l’Espace. The kids are bound to enjoy the life-size spacecraft, planetarium, IMAX cinema and the many interactive experiences. For more of a history lesion, head to Le Villages Gaulois – a quirky park celebrating the Gauls, the Celtic people who lived in the region prior to the arrival of the Romans. There are old-fashioned games and pastimes for the kids to play, alongside demonstrations from the staff in basketry, blacksmithing and weaving. Everything at the park, from the wooden carousel to the rowing boats is human powered and there’s plenty to keep the family entertained all day.

At Rocamadour, animal loving children will adore La Forêt des Singes, a park that’s home to around 150 Barbary macaques who are free to roam around the 20 hectare forest. There are plenty of guides around to answer questions and you can buy food for the macaques at the gate. Or take a visit to La Maison des Chameaux in Castelnau-Rivière-Basse, a countryside park where you can pet and groom camels, meet goats, sheep, hens and ducks or go for a walk with the camels or llamas and alpacas.

The region is full of lakes and rivers to explore but for younger children why not head to Quercyland in Souillac. This family friendly waterpark has different heated pools with varying depths and plenty of water slides! There are also pedal boats, trampolines, go-karts, mini-golf and a bouncy castle to keep the kids busy all day.

Getting to Midi-Pyrénées

The easiest way to get to the region is by air. Fly to either Toulouse or Lourdes with a variety of airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair, British Airways or Air France. Alternatively, you can take the Eurostar to Paris and change onto a TGV train to Toulouse.

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