Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do during your stay at Olivier, relaxing, exploring or getting some serious adventure.
The swimming pool area is great for relaxing and switching off and the pool retains a good temperature throughout the day and is perfect for cooling off after laying in the sun. Under the outer barn there is a table tennis table especially good for those competitively minded or needing some shade. We also have a large collection of holiday reads within the barn.
Close by to Olivier is the small historic village of Aurignac. One can buy fresh bread and croissants throughout the week and facilities include shops, cafes, two very good restaurants, a tourist office, a museum, tennis courts and a medieval tower offering fantastic views of the region. There are also many quaint rural villages nearby with markets to buy fresh locally grown produce, including very drinkable red wine!
The Forest, about a 3 minute walk along the lane to the rear of the property is perfect for casual strolls, there is plenty of wildlife on display, from Monarch butterflies to bore and deer, the quiet forest road is nice to cycle through and there are many off road bike trails to be explored deep within the forest.
Toulouse is a vibrant city with plenty to offer. There are many opportunities for shopping, culture, and partying. The city has a small centre, from which you can reach the most interesting places comfortably on foot. From Olivier it is under an hour away by car and parking in the centre is very easy. There are many museums, historic churches, restaurants, places to shop (especially around the Capitol building which has recently completed a large shopping development) and a big cinema in the student quarter. If you like Rugby (and of course you do, you’re an awesome person!) and are staying when Stade Toulousain are playing, the atmosphere is amazing and is well worth going to a game. We highly recommend making Toulouse a city to see while you stay here.
There are plenty of activities for those wanting a bit of adrenaline on holiday. Most of these can be found near to the Pyrenees; White Water Rafting is highly recommended, found on the on the way to the Pyrenees, is a great day out, we recommend that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Downhill Mountain Biking is really good fun, there are places to hire specialist bikes and equipment in Luchon. In the same mountain town, if you have a head for heights Paragliding is also available weather conditions permitting. In the mountians you will often see people gliding about on the thermals high above the valley as it offers some truly spectacular views. For those who don’t need as much adrenaline on holiday there are many routes for Hiking and walking, the GR10 (famous route from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic) passes through the Pyrenees.
Road cycling is part of the blood in France and if you are a keen cyclist EasyJet do allow you to take bikes in the hold. The Midi-Pyrenee region has hosted many Tour de France stages in its history, and there are many col’s waiting to be conquered.