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Parks and gardens
Happiness in our gardens

Visit the gardens of Occitania: our exotic or Mediterranean gardens will take you on a wonderful journey. The Medieval gardens will carry you far back in time. The French-style gardens revive the century of King Louis XIV. The English-style gardens will inspire your dreams in a romantic, landscaped setting.

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Jardins Secrets de Cahors
Jardins Secrets de Cahors


Enclosed or secret

Near Narbonne, Fontfroide Abbey has the biggest rose garden in the south of France. It will take you on a journey through the art of garden design, from the Middle Ages to today. The Saint-André Abbey gardens in the Gard region combine a Mediterranean garden and religious heritage, with a wonderful view over the Palais des Papes in Avignon.

The Secret Gardens of Cahors recount the town's history and its medieval golden age. 30 small gardens create a surprise in the old districts: follow the arrows to visit them all.

And visit the Colombier Castle garden near Rodez, created by Countess Annabelle de la Panouse: enjoy a visit featuring shaded arbours and Spanish lilac.

Our favourite

In Lauzerte (Tarn-et-Garonne), the Jardin du Pèlerin (Pilgrim's Garden) evokes the Way of Saint James. On the rampart slopes, the garden features a wonderful view over the hills of White Quercy.

Palmeraie du Sarthou dans le Gers
Palmeraie du Sarthou dans le Gers


Fragrant and luxuriant

Savour the fragrances floating in our finest gardens beside the Mediterranean Sea: Roquebrun Garden, Antique Garden in Balaruc-les-Bains, Mas de la Serre Garden in Banyuls-sur-Mer…

In Cordes-sur-Ciel, the Jardin des Paradis (Paradise Garden) is an oasis in a predominantly stone site. Near Albi, the Martels Gardens immerse visitors in a green and sumptuous exotic setting. Other sites filled with abundance: the Palm Grove in Le Sarthou in Gers, as well as the Bamboo Garden in Ariège.

In Toulouse, you really mustn't miss the Japanese Garden, set likea jewel at the heart of the Compans-Cafarelli garden.

Don't miss

The Bamboo Garden in the Cévennes near Anduze (Gard). Created in 1856, this bamboo forest was the first of its kind in Europe and is one of the most beautiful exotic gardens in France.

Jardins de la Fontaines à Nîmes
Jardins de la Fontaines à Nîmes


Elegant and classical

In Albi, the Berbie Palace gardens, where the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum is located, captivate visitors with their boxwood arabesques. They are situated above the Tarn, providing a wonderful view of the river. In Castres, the former bishopric garden, including the Goya Museum, was designed by Le Nôtre in the 17th century.

In Nîmes, you can admire the Fontaine Gardens with a French-style and an Italian-style garden. Created in 1750 on a site dating from Antiquity, they are just below the Magne Tower.

In the Toulouse region, the majestic park beside Laréole Castle takes inspiration from the art of Le Nôtre.

Our favourite

Not one, but over 30 favourites, with each of the "Remarkable Gardens" in Occitania. This is a national label awarded to gardens with a design, plants and upkeep at an exceptional level.

Jardins du Canal du Midi à Saint-Ferréol


Romantic and majestic

In Toulouse, the Royal Garden and its neighbour, the Jardin des Plantes illustrate the trend in the 18th century to design gardens in the style of landscape paintings. The Jardin des Plantes was created to house the collections from the Academy of Sciences of Toulouse, and stands alongside the Natural History Museum.

Science also lay behind the creation of the Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier, the oldest botanical garden in France.

Near Revel, visit the Canal du Midi Museum & Gardens: idealised nature with waterfalls and water jets, below Lake Saint-Ferréol, the reservoir of the Canal du Midi

Did you know?

The Massey Garden in Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées) always enchants visitors with its profusion of colours and rare plants. It was created in the 18th century by Placide Massey, the director of the Versailles, Trianon and Saint-Cloud gardens.

Lose yourself in an oasis

Visit the Martels Garden in Giroussens near Albi (Tarn), with its wonderful collection of lotus flowers and aquatic plants.
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Palais de la Berbie - Albi
Palais de la Berbie - Albi
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Jardin des Martels
Jardin des Martels
Jardin de Saint Adrien
Jardin de Saint Adrien

Our selection

Cultural heritage


Cultural heritage


Cultural heritage

Jardins de l'Abbaye de Saint-André

Cultural heritage

Jardins des Martels


This English-style floral park stretches over almost nine acres and is classified as an ‘outstanding garden’.

How to get there
  • By car: Occitania has a large number of motorways (A9, A20, A61, A75, etc.).
  • By plane: the region has several airports, including the international airports of Toulouse, Montpellier and Lourdes.
  • By train: the region is accessible from all the major cities of France and the European capitals.

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