1 The bulls of Languedoc

Whether in a bullfight at Les Arènes or eaten as a succulent boeuf à la gardienne, the taureaux of the plains of Languedoc are famous.

2 Pont du Gard

This graceful aqueduct is an emblem of southern France and a tribute to Roman determination.

3 St-Guilhem-le-Désert

The ancient Carolingian monastery and the tiny hamlet at its feet present a quintessential Occitan panorama.

4 Water-jousting

A Setois tradition, in which teams of rowers charge at each other in gondolas.

5 Carcassonne

The Middle Ages come alive in this walled fortress town.

6 The Canal du Midi

Cycling, walking or drifting along this tree-shaded canal is the most atmospheric way of savouring France’s southwest.

7 Les Abattoirs, Toulouse

This former slaughterhouse contains an important collection of modern and contemporary art.

8 Toulouse-Lautrec museum, Albi

The most comprehensive collection of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work is in the former Bishop’s Palace of his home town.

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