Le Tour de France Comes to the Midi-Pyrénées!

 

The renowned Tour de France will kick-off on the 2nd July 2016 from Mont-St Michel before concluding on the Champs-Elysées in Paris on the 24th July.  Stage six will take riders down the rolling hillsides of South-West France, before their hilly ascent to the Lac de Payolle in the Pyrénées Mountains at the end of stage 7. It is during stage six that the Tour de France will pass nearby La Durantie, through the Garrigue forest situated in the Tarn department before arriving in the town of Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne).

 

The cyclists will ride through the Midi-Pyrénées during five different stages, a full list can be seen below:

 

  • 7th July 2016: 6th stage, Arpajon sur Cère – Montauban (187 km)
  • 8th July 2016: 7th stage, L’Isle Jourdain – Lac de Payolle (162 km)
  • 9th July 2016: 8th stage, Pau – Bagnères de Luchon (183 km)
  • 10th July 2016: 9th stage, Vielha Val d’Aran – Andorra Arcalis (184 km)
  • 12th July 2016: 10th stage, Andorra Escaldes Engordany – Revel (198 km)

 

The Tour de France is the third most popular sporting event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup, attracting a worldwide television audience of 3.5 billion people per year. Chris Froome ranked number 32 in the world and Geraint Thomas ranked 36 in the world are two of the 29 Britons in the Team Sky (GB) line-up this year.

 

With the Tour de France beginning this July, The Tarn is set to become a popular destination for lycra-loving Britons seeking new cycling spots to explore. The area’s diverse and dramatic landscape lends itself perfectly to being discovered by bike, with endless cycling routes right on the doorstep of La Durantie.

 

Popular routes include the expansive Gaillac wine region or the “Circuit des Crêtes”, a 65km cycling route passing through some of The Tarn’s hidden treasures including the famous bastide village of Cordes-sur-Ciel built on a rocky outcrop overlooking vineyards and rolling hills. More adventurous routes include cycling through the Monts de Lacaune, a verdurous forest in the heart of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Park home to the Lake of Laouzas, a natural swimming lake perfect for cooling- off after a day of cycling in hot summer temperatures.

 

 

Cordes-sur-Ciel, © Le Tarn Tourisme | tourisme-tarn.com

 

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The UEFA European Championship shines a spotlight on the Tarn

 

Dozens of football teams will compete for the final of the European football championship in France throughout June and July, including the England, Wales and Northern Ireland teams. The matches will take place at different stadiums across France including Stadium de Toulouse, located just an hour away from La Durantie (87 km). As Britons flock the stadiums throughout France, the UEFA championship is set to shine a spotlight on lesser known areas of France, such as the Tarn. France is the second most popular place for Britons seeking a holiday home abroad, with the Midi-Pyrénées region also remaining a popular favourite.

 

The Stadium de Toulouse is the biggest in the Midi-Pyrénées region and is often referred to as ‘mini-Wembley’ because of its resemblance to the iconic London venue. In addition to football, the ground regularly holds rugby matches and was a venue for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.  Aside from cheering on your country, there is plenty to see in Toulouse, including the medieval old town, the elegant Capitole building and the Canal du Midi, which links the Garonne river to the Mediterranean Sea.

 

 

For all you football enthusiasts, here’s a schedule of the matches to be held at the Stadium de Toulouse during the UEFA European Championship:

 

- Monday 13 June, 15.00 (Toulouse): Spain v Czech Republic – Group D

- Friday 17 June, 15.00 (Toulouse): Italy v Sweden – Group E

- Monday 20 June, 21.00 (Toulouse): Russia v Wales – Group B

- Sunday 26 June, 21.00 (Toulouse): Winner F v Runner-up E – Match 6

 

Nicknamed ‘La Ville Rose’ in reference to the colour of the terracotta bricks used on many of its buildings, Toulouse is France’s fourth largest city. With regular flights to Toulouse Blagnac airport from UK airports, many Britons pass through the city on their way to the rolling hillsides of The Tarn. Boasting a dramatic landscape untouched by time, The Tarn is particularly popular amongst retirees or those seeking the tranquillity of the countryside. Home to undulating vineyards, the Aveyron Gorges, bastide hilltop villages and the winding Tarn River, France doesn’t get much more idyllic than the Tarn.

 

 

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