Eating well is our nature
The local gastronomy alone is enough reason to spend your holiday in Occitania.
In our region, good things to eat and conviviality are part of a culture we all share. Excellence gives a flavour to everyday life. And meals with family or friends are real festive occasions.
Combining the land and the sea, unforgettable flavours
Get ready for a treat because in Occitania there is a long and solid gastronomic tradition. It is based on exceptional local skills and noble specialities: foie gras, black truffle, Roquefort cheese and, on the Mediterranean Sea, Bouzigues oysters, Lucques olives in Languedoc, Camargue rice and Collioure anchovies.
There are so many examples! Occitania has over 250 products with certified quality (PDO, Red Label, PGI, AB for organic farming): from Quercy lamb to Nîmes strawberries via Pélardon cheese from Cévennes…
WHERE CAN YOU ENJOY ALL THESE GOOD THINGS?
It is easy to find the noble specialities from Occitania at the well-stocked markets flourishing in our towns and villages.
Regional gastronomy reaches its zenith with the help of our Michelin-starred chefs, young, daring talents or remarkable personalities, such as Gilles Goujon in Fonjoncouse in the Aude region and Michel Sarran in Toulouse.
Occitania is the number 1 region in France for wine-making and for the number of hectares with organic vineyards. It is also the number 2 for fruit production.
Only in Occitania
Unique specialities such as cassoulet from Castelnaudary, Carcassonne or Toulouse add to the culinary charms of Occitania. In the mountains: garbure soup and millas cakes in the Pyrenees, aligot cheese in Aubrac, with both areas sharing the tradition of the spit cake.
The Mediterranean coast will bring sunshine to your taste buds with cod brandade from Nîmes, cargolada (snails) or gardiane de taureau (rancher's stew). And of course, everyone should try tielle stew from Sète and crème catalane (the region's crème brûlée)!
Let's talk about Cassoulet…
Follow the YouTuber FlorianOnAir on his Food Tour of Toulouse. You will see how heritage, the art of living and gastronomy are united here forever. Enjoy an encounter with the Universal Cassoulet Fraternity, foie gras ravioli, and a few violet-flavoured sweets…
Video 13:07 © FloiranOnAir.
André Daguin, a chef who had worked in Occitania in the Gers region, invented the magret de canard (filet of duck breast) in 1965. Since then this dish that is cooked like a steak has been part of the French cultural tradition.
Holidays and wine estates go so well together
Our region produces wines of a very high quality. The Mediterranean coast, from the Nîmes region to Roussillon, is a real wine champion with some fifty wine designations (Languedoc, Corbières, Côtes du Roussillon, etc.), shared between the Gard, Hérault, Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales regions.
The Gers, Lot, Tarn and Aveyron regions help make Occitania a great destination for wine lovers with Armagnac and Côtes de Gascogne, Cahors and Gaillac wines, among others.
Look out for the Vignobles & Découvertes label: this is a guide towards high-quality services on offer from the major wine-tourism destinations in France (over 12 in Occitania!).
FOIE GRAS FROM SOUTH-WEST FRANCE
An emblem of French gastronomy
Foie gras from south-west France is an essential speciality with a subtle flavour that is internationally unique. Occitania is its home: especially thanks to the Gers region, the number 1 French department producing traditional foie gras .
And yet the art of foie gras is a tradition shared by most areas of Occitania: Lot, Aveyron, Tarn, Tarn-et-Garonne, Ariège, Aude…
Directly from the producer, in restaurants and in winter foie gras markets: there are many ways to enjoy the noblest regional speciality made with respect for animals.
Goûtez aux spécialités du pays d'Armagnac, de la Camargue gardoise, du gaillacois ou du pays catalan, associez gastronomie et vin ... avec nuitée sur place ou simplement pour une excursion à la journée.
- 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.