Best camping, glamping, and outdoor stays in (Midi-Pyrénées)

The largest region in the whole of France, it's not difficult to find a good campsite in the Midi-Pyrénées.

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Camp & Lodges du Bois Dodo

24 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents22 acres · Septfonds
Located right next to Gorges de l’Aveyron, our lodges are the ideal starting point for your sporting and cultural getaways. The property is spread throughout 21 acres of land and wild forest. We have different types of accommodation and pitches such as comfortable lodges, chalets, dome and large pitches with private showers & WC. Our Quercy region is a land of nature, sporting adventures, gastronomy and cultural treasures. Ideal for canoe-kayak or paddle rides, mountain climbing / via ferrata, hikes fans or for VTT enthusiasts. You can also explore the impressive cliffs and green valleys of the Causses Regional Natural Park or go for the mysterious world of the underground caves of the Gouffre de Padirac.
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Huttopia Pays de Cordes sur Ciel

5 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Vindrac Alayrac
Stay in a lush green setting with stunning views of the surrounding hillside and the famous medieval village of Cordes sur Ciel. The campsite is located just a few miles from Albi in the midst of the Gaillac vineyards and the territories of Cordais and Causse. A destination offering the perfect combination of nature, culture, and leisurely life.
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Country Camping

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Lieu Dit Ardos, Occitanie
Country Camping is surrounded by the sunflower fields of the Haute-Garonne region. There are only 30 pitches, 20 of them dotted among fruit trees, ideal for providing extra shade and for those who fancy picking ripe peaches. There’s a swimming pool and small playground, plus a shaded barbecue area with a wood-fired pizza oven. It’s an easy cycle to the old military village of Saint-Ybars, or drive south into the mountains – the Pyrénées Ariégeoises natural park offers endless outdoor pursuits
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BelRepayre Airstream Glamping

1 unit · Motorhome, Tent3 acres · Manses, Occitanie
Located a few kilometres from Mirepoix, with an stunning view of the Pyrenees, BelRepayre Airstream Glamping offers you a unique experience. If you are travelling through the Ariège in a camper van or enjoying a nature holiday with your tent or caravan, settle down on one of our 8 pitches of 100m², all delimited, equipped with an electric connection and a water point, and situated in a quiet, natural environment with trees to benefit from the shade in summer. BelRepayre Airstream Glamping is the ideal retreat for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle, immerse themselves in the tranquillity of this environment, visit the surrounding countryside and forest, watch the stars or simply enjoy the relaxing silence.
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Camp La Mafresie

1 unit · Glamping7 acres · Laparrouquial, Occitanie
Come and stay in a luxury 6 metre bell tent that sits in its own secluded field with a lovely view onto a rolling meadow. The valley is home to a wide variety of birds and butterflies, and deer come to drink at the spring in the meadow. Night skies are free of pollution, perfect for stargazing. It is a very tranquil special place, ideal for those wanting to get away from it all and be immersed in nature. It is a place for children to explore freely. There is an 11-metre swimming pool at our home for you to enjoy most of the day. The 6 metre bell tent is spacious and comfortable. There is a double bed and two singles, all with cotton sheets and throws. There is a chest and baskets to keep clothes, and children's games are provided. 360 degree mosquito netting around the tent makes it possible to open it for ventilation. Solar lighting and lanterns provide light. There is a pretty outdoor kitchen with a two ring gas stove for simple cooking. All crockery is provided. A barbeque and fridge are also available at a barn 2 minutes away where there is also washing up facilities. For dining, there is a wooden picnic table next to the tent, with a lovely view of the meadow. Your own private bathroom is 2 minutes walk away at the barn and has a shower, loo and washbasin. Towels, a hairdryer and toiletries are provided. All you need to do is turn up! There are lots of good walks and bike hire and horse riding are available nearby. In Laguepie, just 10 minutes drive, there is surveilled river swimming, and several restaurants and bars for dining. Half an hour's drive away is the pretty town of St Antonin, with kayaking down the Averyron Gorges, as well as a fantastic Sunday market. The area is rich in culture with the medieval town of Cordes-sur-Ciel just 10 minutes drive, and the city of Albi with its spectacular cathedral, a Unesco site, just 40 mins away. Albi is also home to the Toulouse Lautrec Museum and a lot of good restaurants. The Gaillac vineyards are a short drive and offer wine tastings and evening concerts. Summer is the time for festivals here, and there is usually some entertainment taking place in one of the nearby villages. The bell tent is available June, July and August for a minimum of 2 nights.
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Spreading north from the foothills of the Pyrénées, this is a beautiful spot to go camping. Outside of its historical towns and capital of Toulouse the area is rural with idyllic villages including some the famous fortified ‘bastide towns’. There are plenty of great camping options to suit all budgets and needs from glamping to traditional tent-only locations.

Best camping, glamping, and outdoor stays in (Midi-Pyrénées) guide

Overview

The best campsites in the Midi Pyrénées

Sandwiched between the coastal regions on the Atlantic and the Mediterranean coasts is the Midi Pyrénées, stretching inland from the mountainous Spanish border. And while the mountains that give the region its name may be the star attraction for some, it’s the peaceful waterways, historic villages and general rural bliss that tempt others.

The best campsites in the Midi Pyrénées are as varied as the region’s highlights. We’ve looked high in the mountains and down in river valleys to put together the Hipcamp collection. Within it you’ll find places where you can pitch your own tent for a great-value classic camping holiday as well as ultra-luxurious glamping accommodation where comfort and camping combine. There are sites where you can find a secluded glamping hideaway for two and sites where the family-friendly facilities and sociable spaces will make it a hit with the kids. If you’d like to unzip your tent to crisp mountain air ahead of a day of adventure you’ll find somewhere to suit you in the Midi Pyrénées but if you prefer to fling open the doors of a chalet to a woodland view from the veranda, you’ll find it here too.

The Midi Pyrénées mountains

Since 2016 the Midi Pyrénées has been twinned with Languedoc on the south-west Mediterranean coast to form the Occitaine region. Previous to this, Midi Pyrénées was France’s largest region with eight departments (or counties) and a whole lot of variety jostling for attention. The Haute-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariege are the most southerly departments of the region – all forming part of the border with Spain. If your idea of a holiday is heading out for a hike, bagging summits or cycling in Tour de France col territory then look out for campsites in these regions.

The Pyrenees National Park is a particularly special place – one of just six national parks in the whole of France and a hotspot for wildlife and rare flowers. Neighbouring Néouvielle National Reserve is also protected for its biodiversity: a land of pine forests, lakes and meadows sculpted by glaciers. But it’s not all action in the border counties, you can head to the mountain-top to enjoy the views with minimal effort if you hop aboard the cable car to the Pic du Midi. At 2,877 metres the views across mountains are jaw-dropping. This area of the Midi Pyrénées is also the place to pitch if you fancy a mountain view as a backdrop to breakfast or like the sound of heading to a traditional spa town like Baréges or Ax-les-Thermes. The famous pilgrimage centre at Lourdes, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared in 1858, is nestled in the foothills in the Haute-Pyrénées region too.

Other places to visit in the Midi Pyrénées

Haute-Garonne is also home to the capital of the Midi Pyrénées region, Toulouse. France’s fourth biggest city, Toulouse is known as the “Ville Rose” or “pink city” thanks to the rose tint of many of its brick buildings. There’s plenty of sights if you fancy a day in the city during your camping or glamping trip with historic buildings, museums and peaceful waterways. The city marks the start of the Canal du Midi, which was dug way back in the time of Louis XIV and is recognised by UNESCO as a feat of 17th-century engineering. Flowing some 150 miles south through Languedoc to the coast, the canal is a peaceful place to cycle, walk and mess about on boats. You can also take to the water in Toulouse on the River Garonne which flows through the city centre.

The Garonne is just one of many Midi Pyrénées rivers and along with the Tarn, Lot, Gers and Aveyron gives its name to other departments of the region which are largely rural and more sparsely populated than much of the rest of the country. Sharing much with neighbouring and better-known Dordogne; Gers, Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne are bliss if you are looking for a spot of French camping away from the crowds – the sort of places where you can get away from it all and enjoy peaceful riverside rambles, gentle bike rides and quiet nights. Fields of maize, sunflowers and wheat dominate the landscape with a few vineyards thrown in for good measure – this is France after all. Many of the Gers grapes are not destined for wine at all though but for the region’s most famous export, Armagnac. Aveyron is the easternmost department of the Midi Pyrénées and here it’s the mountains of the Massif Central that loom large. It’s a region of châteaux, bastides or fortified villages and yet more rural beauty.

Tent camping in the Midi Pyrénées

The warm sunshine of the south of France means that it’s the perfect place for classic back-to-basics tent camping. Thousands of Brits and other Europeans make a pilgrimage south for the sun and mild climate of “the Midi” but many head straight to the Med or the Dordogne. If you make an annual pilgrimage to the south of France, how about swapping the beach for the mountains or a spot on a rural riverside retreat? What could be better than pitching your own little home-from-home in glorious Midi Pyrénées scenery whether that’s among those beautiful mountains, next to one of its many meandering rivers or on a country campsite?

Camping in a tent means you’re as close to the outdoors as you can possibly get without actually sleeping under the stars. You can smell the pine trees and hear birdsong or the sound of a babbling brook from within your tent and need only to unzip the tent doors to feast your eyes on your surroundings. Taking your own tent is an eco-friendly, sustainable way to holiday in the south of France and it’s usually the best-value way to stay there too.

Like most of the South of France, the Midi Pyrénées is well set-up for camping with plenty of top-quality campsites. Here at Hipcamp, we don’t necessarily believe that bigger means better and look instead for places that we think are extra special: sometimes that means a stunning location, sometimes it means great facilities and sometimes it means an amiable host. Our favourites have all three!

Glamping in the Midi Pyrénées

If you don’t have your own tent or just don’t fancy taking one all the way to the South of France, you can still enjoy the pleasure of camping by going glamping in the Midi Pyrénées. These days there’s a great range of glamping accommodation on a great range of different sites. If you want the pleasure of simple camping without the hassle of pitching a tent, a bell tent, yurt or tipi could be for you. Stylish, spacious and simple, these luxury tents will feel (and look) cool on balmy summer evenings.

Safari tents  are a mainstay of the French camping scene and also offer the advantage of sleeping under canvas with the added bonus of having separated rooms. These days many are set up for luxury with proper furniture, wooden floors and luxurious fixtures and fittings. There are chalets and log cabins, treehouses, shepherd’s huts, roulottes or gypsy caravans and the range of what’s available is growing all the time as glamping continues to grow in popularity. There’s plenty of glamping accommodation on large mixed camping and glamping sites that exist to cater to the huge numbers of campers who head for the south, or “the Midi” as the French know it, for the summer. Here at Hipcamp we tend to steer clear of holiday park-style accommodation but there are some larger sites that get our full endorsement; after all these sites have been offering glamping since before the word was invented. Pre-erected safari-tent style accommodation and chalets are the mainstays of these type of sites which are particularly good for families. They tend to be sociable places with plenty of facilities and activities for children but that’s not to say kids won’t love the charm of some of the more bijou sites we’ve found in the Midi Pyrénées too. Small sites with just a few luxury tents have a charm all of their own: glampers are made to feel like valued guests, accommodation is more spacious and secluded and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Top Things To Do on a Camping Holiday in the Midi Pyrénées

1. Head for the heights

Hike up a mountain, mosey up a foothill or take the cable car to the Pic du Midi to appreciate the grandeur of the Pyrénées. If you’re on the eastern side of the region how about a trip into the Massif Central or over the impressive Milau Viaduct – the world’s tallest road bridge some 343 metres above the valley floor.

2. Go wild swimming

With mountain lakes, waterfalls, lake and river beaches there are plenty of places to enjoy a spot of wild swimming in the Midi Pyrénées – the perfect way to cool down after a long walk or cycle in that south-of-France sunshine.

3. Take a walk

Whether it’s a hike in the mountains, an amble along the Canal du Midi or a stroll along country lanes, walking in the Midi Pyrénées is one of the best ways to see the scenery.

4. Mess about in boats

A day on the water is almost obligatory on a holiday in this part of the world and there are plenty of ways to do it from a river cruise in Toulouse to white-water rafting in Haute Garonne and kayaking on the Dordogne or Lot

5. Pay your respects

The Midi Pyrénées sees its fair share of pilgrims and its holy sites are worth a look: walk part of the famous pilgrimage route the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James), visit Lourdes or the tomb of a revered saint at Rocamadour in Lot.

6. Explore a château

Tucked among trees, overlooking rivers, high on hillsides… France’s châteaux offer a fairytale appeal that never fails to delight. Many are open to tourists and can make a great day out for all ages.

7. Discover the bastides

The fortified towns of south-west France are a reminder of less cordial relations between the English and French during the Hundred Years War but to modern eyes they are some of the picturesque villages to visit.

8. Eat like a local

Most campsites will order croissants in from the local boulangerie so you can enjoy a typical French breakfast and how about popping to the local market to pick up a Toulouse sausage for a campsite barbecue? If you head out for dinner (and you should) try duck or a classic cassoulet.

9. Try the local tipple

Bergerac, Bordeaux… there are plenty of regional wines to try in the south but you might be tempted to try something stronger in Gers as many of the vineyards are dedicated to producing Armagnac.

10. Play pétanque

There’s nothing like a bit of competition to spice things up on holiday and many campsites in France have the facilities for sport with a French twist: anyone for a nightly game of pétanque (boules) or table tennis? By the end of the holiday you may just find yourself planning to build a sandy pétanque pitch in the garden at home!

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