Haute-Garonne is in the heart of sunny Southern France, where market places abound with colourful local produce, and mountain peaks reach more than 3000 metres. Criss-crossed by the Garonne River, which has its source in neighbouring Spain, Haute-Garonne is proud of Toulouse, a city rich in history and culture, and now the centre of Europe’s aircraft industry.

Thirty fortified towns, or bastides, built in the 13th and 14th Centuries dot the countryside. In the Lauragais hills, the bread-basket of Haute-Garonne, bright summer fields of sunflowers stretch to the horizon. Crossing these is the Canal du Midi with its green-way bike paths.

Walking and cycling are major activities. The people of Haute-Garonne have always loved cycling, and over 190 kilometres of cycle paths have been established, allowing everyone – families, children and competitive or weekend cyclists – to tour in complete safety.

Breath-taking views, a rich cultural heritage, meandering waterways, winding roads and quality local produce all conspire to make Volvestre an unforgettable rural experience. Nearby, on the banks of the Mancies reservoir – the largest man-made lake in Haute-Garonne – you can discover the delights of water sports or fishing. You can learn how to row or windsurf, use a canoe or a kayak, or sail a catamaran or dinghy.

The men and women of Volvestre know how to make the best of their land and livestock in order to offer quality produce all year round. You can visit nearby village markets on every day of the week except Monday, or you can tickle your taste buds at local restaurants, where you will discover regional specialities made from fresh local produce.