Occitania : what are the people, weather and scenery like?
What's Occitania like? It's it warm and sunny? What are the people like? Welcoming? Friendly? Here we go, let's give you a snapshot of our region.
Welcoming, bons vivants, passionate
Occitania's locals have a recognisable sing-sing "South" or "South-Western" accent and a reputation for being spontaneous, warm and direct.
They tend to be bons vivants with a natural sense of hospitality. They're great hosts who love "tchatcher" (chatting) and meeting up for laidback good times. Getting together is part of their everyday lives. Meals and parties, be they for friends, villages or festivals, are a big deal for them.
You'll love their relaxed attitude too: "hola, let's take our foot of the gas and switch to slow mode!" They may be passionate and easily excitable but Occitania's locals love life and live it to the full.
Rugby isn't just a sport to us; it's an institution. Like in Great Britain! As is the pride and interest that locals have in their Occitan roots (symbolised by the Occitan cross) and Catalan roots (symbolised by the Senyera).
Warm and sunny
An average of over 300 days of sunshine a year! Occitania and its coastline is the sunniest region in France.
Early spring runs into a hot summer (25-30°C) that often continues into an Indian summer and warm autumn until the first snow falls in the Pyrenees. Winter is mild apart from in mountain areas, high plateaus and exceptional years.
Two winds blow through Occitania and make it what it is: the Autan and the Tramontane. The Autan comes from the South East with hot and wild gusts. It causes a little passing jumpiness but also delays and disruption coming in from the Atlantic.
The Tramontane comes from the North West: it blows over the coast and clears clouds as it cools the atmosphere.
If you want to visit Occitania then the best time is April to October whilst late November to March is best for skiing.
Unspoilt, typical… vast!
Perfect for holidays in the great outdoors or by the sea, Occitania is the region of vast horizons and landscapes so beautiful you'll never forget them.
What you'll love here is the never-ending show staged by unspoilt nature: a wide variety of hilly areas means you'll never tire of countrysides bursting with valleys and pretty villages, large lakes and clear rivers.
Our Mediterranean coast to the south brings you over 200km of beaches and coves from Le Grau-du-Roi to Banyuls-sur-Mer.
The coastline hands over to the Pyrenees whose long and fabulous mountain range borders Spain. The Massif Central is the region's other big mountain range with its high plateaus (Aubrac, Margeride, Gévaudan) and Cévennes mountains.
- 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.