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Grand Sites of the Midi Pyrenees

The Midi-Pyrenees region has gained international renown with its major attractions, such as the Millau Viaduct, Toulouse “la ville rose”, the Pic du Midi with its astronomical observatory, the Cirque de Gavarnie — a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the Gers Prefecture at Auch, the famous Marciac Jazz Festival, the town of Lourdes with its shrine to the Virgin, the villages of Moissac, Albi, Rocamadour and Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges. Midi-Pyrenees is home to twenty-five “Grand Sites”, each of which is a place of outstanding historical, cultural or natural interest.

What is a "grand site" ? 

The term “Grand Site Midi-Pyrenees” is a designation established by the Midi-Pyrenees region in 2008. It allows visitors to readily identify the most important attractions in the area, in order to help make any visit to the Midi- Pyrenees region complete. The designation also helps preserve and promote the region's rich cultural and natural heritage, recognized both nationally and internationally for its outstanding aspects. The towns, villages and places in the countryside currently entrusted with the label are all committed by contract to a high quality of service over the long term.

The quality charter covers the reception of visitors and information provided to them, tourist facilities and services, accessibility and the preservation of the environment. The “Grand Sites Midi-Pyrenees” program is supported by the European Union. All the Grand Sites operate in a network, with the support of regional, state and local institutions, each connected to the others, with the aim of making the attractions of the Midi-Pyrenees more widely known, and to meet the expectations of visitors to the highest degree possible.

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