Camping in the Midi Pyrénées
Campsites we feature in the Midi Pyrénées
Further down the page we have listed some campsites in the Midi, and below them is an explanation as to why this department is now a part (since 2016) of the new region of southern France called Occitanie.
The 4* Camping Val de Cantobre is a peaceful family campsite in between the Tarn Gorges and the Cévennes National Park. It has stunning views & is a great place for walking/mountain biking and bird watching.
The 5* Camping le Caussanel in Canet de Salars in the Aveyron is set on the banks of Lac de Pareloup, ideal for fishing boating, walking, mountain biking and exploring this beautiful area.
The 4* Camping Rieumontagne in Nages, just 300 metres from Lake Laouzas has a host of on and off site facilities - boating, fishing, horse riding etc.
The 4* Camping la Boissiere at Saint
has a river on the premises, a lake nearby & is close to 2 Regional Parks. There are masses of facilities here both on and off site.
In 2016, "Midi Pyrenees" was merged into a new super-region called "Occitanie" - a historical reference to the part of France where until the nineteenth century most people spoke varieties of Occitanian French, not the standard French of northern France.
We and other camping companies will continue to call this department the Midi Pyrenees until the general public has caught on to the change, and we think this may take a while.
Unlike many regions of France Midi-Pyrénées
is not a historic province as it is actually a 20th century invention, created
as a result of the "regionalisation" process that took place in the
1970s. Like the Pays de la Loire region further north, Midi-Pyrénées was
established in order to create a region around a regional metropolis, in this
case the city of Toulouse.
The modern Midi-Pyrenees region encompasses all or a large part of different historic areas, including parts of the large former provinces of Guyenne, Gascony, and Languedoc, and smaller areas, within these larger areas, such as Rouergue and Quercy, the Albigeois, and the county of Foix.
The Midi Pyrenees has now become largest region in France: in terms of surface area, and equal largest in terms of the number of departments covered. It incorporates eight departments, which are Ariège (09), Aveyron (12), Haute-Garonne (31), Gers (32), Lot (46), Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Tarn (81) and Tarn-et-Garonne (82). The region covers a total surface area of 45,348 km², making it larger than either Belgium or Switzerland; and stretching some 400 kilometres from north-east to south-west, it is not surprisingly a region that somehow lacks any strong regional identity. Within this region, towns and traditions tend to identify themselves more with the historic provinces to which they once belonged, than to the modern-day region.
Last update: 29.12.2017
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