Airbus, Cité de l’Espace, Pic du Midi… with a several outstanding sites to visit, share our passion for the stars and aviation. From the pioneers of Aéropostale (Saint-Exupéry, Mermoz) to flagships of the aviation industry, such as Concorde and the A380, Occitania has proved to be one of the major international powers in the aeronautics and space sectors.
The entire range of Airbus planes are assembled at several sites near Toulouse-Blagnac airport. A number of visits are organised by Manatour, including an encounter with the astonishing A380, the world's biggest plane.
Near Airbus, the Aéroscopia Museum takes you inside the history of some legendary aircraft. Concorde, Super Guppy, A300B (with a chance to get on board these giants) and a whole host of planes share the 15,000 m2 in a museum with exceptional collections.
In Toulouse, where the Ariane rocket was designed, Europe's biggest theme park dedicated to space awaits you for an interstellar journey: welcome to the Cité de l’Espace, where experimentation, interaction, great sights and activities are all around you.
You get up close to the spaceships, hear the space news, see the exploration missions and manned flights and watch the stars in real time. The Cité de l’Espace covers 4 hectares, indoors and out: you should schedule a whole day if you want to see everything.
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In Toulouse, the Piste des Géants (Giants' Trail) is a unique cultural site in France covering 3 hectares and bringing to life the adventure of air-postal services and aviation in Toulouse, with The Envol des Pionniers museum.
See the sun setting over the Pyrenees, take part in astronomy activities and workshops, watch a show at the planetarium, see the stars, the moon… the Pic du Midi observatory welcomes visitors at an altitude of 2,877 m.
The Pic du Midi, the "international starry skies reserve", is a major centre for astronomy. To get there, you take the cable car from La Mongie. When you arrive, enjoy the view over the Pyrenees from the panoramic terraces and the pontoon in the sky. Wow!
All through the year, the Pic du Midi provides some unforgettable experiences during our starry evenings. And the real must is to spend an entire night at the Pic! Don't forget to reserve ahead of time.
With its patron Hubert Reeves, the Fleurance astronomy festival invites visitors to explore the mysteries of the sky and the stars in August. The event includes conferences, workshops and, of course, sky-gazing sessions for young and old alike.
And don't forget the astronomy nights at the region's observatories: at Jolimont in Toulouse, Montredon-Labessonnié (Tarn), Sabarat (Ariège) and Les Pléiades (Haute-Garonne) conferences, planetarium and sky-gazing sessions are regularly on offer.
Practise your astronomy at Fleurance, in attractive fortified town in Gers. Described as "a world reference in stargazing" by the Routard Guide, the Ferme des Etoiles welcomes visitors for astronomy stays. You can sleep in a guest house or in one of the park's 5 astrobubbles!
Also in the Gers region, the Hameau des Etoiles holiday village offers sights that are internationally unique with its universe observation dome.
Well worth a visit
Enter the black triangle of Quercy! This triangular-shaped area at the heart of the Causses regional nature park in Quercy is remarkably free of light pollution. Activities, stargazing and accommodation equipped with telescopes are all available.
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