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 Lot (46), Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Tarn (81)  Tarn-et-Garonne (82). 




The Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region in metropolitan France, in terms of surface area, and equal largest in terms of the number of departments covered. It incorporates eight departments,and the region covers a total surface area of 45,348 km²,and stretches some 400 kilometres from north-east to south-west.
It is  not surprising that such a large area does not have a strong regional identity. Within the midi pyrenees region, towns and traditions tend to identify themselves more with the historic provinces to which they once belonged, than to the modern-day region.

Regional towns and cities

      The city of Toulouse, lying more or less in the centre of the region, is by far the biggest city. Although this is the largest region in France, over a third of the entire population live in the Toulouse urban area, and the Haute Garonne department, surrounding Toulouse, accounts for well over 40% of the regional population.
 The region's second largest urban area, surrounding the city of Tarbes, capital of the Hautes Pyrenees department, is ten times smaller than the Toulouse urban area. Other towns with a population of over 40,000 are Montauban, Albi and Castres.
Midi-Pyrénées today is divided between high-tech industries in  Toulouse and the deep countryside with its traditional agricultural products. Toulouse is the largest Aerospace centre outside of Paris. The sector employs more than 56,000 workers and € 13 billion worth of products are exported each year. Agriculturally, the principal crops are grapes for eating, prunes, melons, apples and sunflowers. The région also produces sixty per cent of France's garlic.

The region produces gourmet products such as foie gras, cassoulet (meat and bean stew) and the famous Roquefort cheese. The Midi-Pyrénées also boasts a very wide range of vineyards, in which some of the very best red and white wines of southwestern France are produced,such as Gaillac white wine,Cahors or perhaps the Madiran wine, a full-bodied red, which can be drunk young but also ages perfectly. Last but not least, Armagnac, the oldest of French brandies, which is produced in Gascony.
See the official tourist site for all the region offers  http://www.tourism-midi-pyrenees.co.uk/en/index.php

Climate Type
    Continental, mediterranean.
Average Temperature
    Summer: 20.2°c, Winter: 6°c.
Average sunshine
    2047 hours per year (Toulouse).
Average rainfall
    Summer: 45.36 mm, Winter: 55.4 mm.

Cahors bridgeEquivalent to 655.7 mm per year (Toulouse).

Capital: Toulouse
Population: 2,567,000 (4,2% of French population)
Density: 56,8 per sq. km (France = 108,2 per sq. km)
Area: 45,597 sq. km (17,605 sq. miles) representing 8,3% of France
Economy: Services (71,2%), industry (22,3%), agriculture (6,5%)















 Pas De Calais (62)

 Nord   (59)



The region of Nord–Pas-de-Calais , France's most northerly region,has just two departments, the Pas de Calais and the Nord .

It is a region bordered on the north by the English Channel and the North Sea, on the northeast by Belgium, and on the south by Picardy. Historically, this region covers most of what was once the French part of Flanders, and the old province of Artois.

Although predominantly French speaking there are also two other languages spoken Flemish and Picard.

It is not especially popular as a tourist region,but it's close proximity to the UK makes it popular for second home owners.It has plenty to offer in its own way: the "Cote d'Opale", or Opal Coast, is an attractive west-facing coast with chalk cliffs, elegant resorts, and many sandy beaches.There are many areas of unspoilt countryside, particularly in the Pas de Calais,and the area has many interesting towns and cities starting with it's regional capital Lille, and one of the great historic cities of Flanders; other interesting towns include Arras, , Boulogne, Douai, Valenciennes and Saint-Omer.

The dept of Nord, was for a long time France's great industrial heartland. Lille was to France the equivalent of what Birmingham was to England, the capital and hub of a seething industrial complex covering mining, cotton, transport and agriculture. It grew to be, and is to this day, the most densely populated region of France outside the Paris region although much of the industry, as elsewhere declined in the 70's.

Land Area

6,671 km2 (2,575.7 sq mi)                                                                      

Climate type

Continental and oceanic.

Average Temperature

Summer: 16.5°c, Winter: 3.2°c.

Average sunshine

1600.3 hours per year (Lille).

Average rainfall

Summer: 59.83 mm, Winter: 51.43 mm. Equivalent to 686.7 mm per year (Lille).