Where to visit in occitania
Mountain, sea, city, countryside: compare and choose!
Occitania packs a bit of all of France into its region. Occitania has the sea and mountain, countryside and cities. Each of these little worlds has its own attractions, must-dos and features. See what you like best, where you'd like to go first, where you see yourself being happiest... and remember that we'll be delighted to see you as soon as possible!
YOUR SEASIDE HOLIDAY
- Keywords: live in your flip flops, soak up the sunshine, eat oysters …
- Highlights: 220km of Mediterranean coastline (from Grau du Roi-Port Camargue in Cerbère); close to 28 harbours and seaside resorts, 4 commercial ports, 1 marine natural park (Parc Naturel Marin du Golfe du Lion), 1 regional natural park (PNR de la Narbonnaise on the Mediterranean), 5 spa centres.
- Must-visits: Aigues-Mortes, Sète, La Grande Motte, Collioure.
- Distinctive features: a web of lagoons, ponds and salt marshes straddling land and sea, source of exceptional biodiversity (plants, migratory birds, aquatic creatures).
- Irresistible: the charm of the villages. the fishing harbours and the port towns on the coast (Banyuls-sur-Mer, Collioure, Gruissan, Sète, Agde etc.).
- Favourite sport: kitesurfing. Occitania is France's top kitesurfingdestination, with famous spots such as Le Grand Travers in La Grande Motte and Coussoules beach in La Franqui.
-Gastronomy: Bouzigues oysters, AOP Lucques du Languedoc olives, AOP Roussillon red apricot, AOP Languedoc and Roussillon wines, Catalan 'rosquillos', 'Tielle Sétoise' (octopus pie), etc.
Go back to basics, soak it all up and get a thrill as you explore some of the 40 Occitania Southern France "Grands Sites": these are Occitania's must-visits brought together in a unique collection for you to see before anyone else!
YOUR MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY
- Keywords: gaze at your beautiful surroundings, find a piste, live life to the full…
- Highlights: 430km of mountains between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, most of them in Occitania; peaks rising above 3000m (Le Vignemale, Pic du Tallion, Le Néouvielle, amongst others); 35 ski resorts; 1 national park (Parc National des Pyrénées), 2 regional natural parks (Pyrénées Catalanes and Pyrénées Ariégeoises), 28 health resorts.
- Must-visits: Cirque de Gavarnie, Pic du Midi, Le Canigou, Lourdes, the Tour de France mountain passes (including Col du Tourmalet).
- Distinctive features: highly protected fauna, flora and landscapes (lots of nature reserves), lively pastoral traditions (transhumance, festivals), cultural similarities with Spain (building traditions, religious heritage, culinary traditions).
- Favourite sports: hiking, white-water rafting, canyoning, skiing and winter sports.
- Irresistible: the decors and atmospheres of the thermal spas and natural hot water springs in the Pyrenees.
- Gastronomy: mountain cheeses and salted meats, Tarbais beans, AOC Gavarnie mutton, "gâteau à la broche" (cake), Catalan tartiflette, ...
It's a bit of a family history with separations and reunions… United by 27 centuries of shared history and a common language (Occitan), the lands that once made up the former regions of Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon, separated in the 1960s, were reunited on the 1st January 2016 to form Occitania.
YOUR CITY BREAKS
Toulouse, Montpellier and more
- Keywords: soak up the hustle and bustle, get carried away, be part of the city…
- Highlights: Toulouse 4th biggest French city with a population of 1.3 million; Montpellier 7th biggest French city with a population of 600,000; medium cities with lots of heritage: Albi, Rodez, Cahors, Nîmes, Perpignan, Montauban, Mende, Tarbes, Foix, Auch, Carcassonne.
- Must-visits: Toulouse, Montpellier.
- Distinctive features: very easy to get to thanks to the region's 10 international airports, with frequent flights between Paris and Toulouse (41 flights per day of 45 min duration), and the high-speed (LGV) train lines, Paris-Nîmes (2h50) and Paris-Montpellier (3h15).
- Favourite sports: shopping, restaurants, monuments and museums (Musée Fabre in Montpellier, Musée des Abattoirs et Aéroscopia in Toulouse, Musée Soulages in Rodez, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, etc.), cultural events, and so on.
Soak up Occitania and its UNESCO World Heritage wonders: the episcopal town of Albi, the walled city of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, the Pont du Gard, the Vauban fortifications ((Villefranche-de-Conflent and Mont-Louis), the Santiago de Compostela paths, Gavarnie-Mont Perdu.
YOUR COUNTRYSIDE HOLIDAY
From Aubrac to the Catalan Country
- Keywords: take a gulp of fresh air, roll in the grass, open a door …
- Highlights: 6 Regional Natural Parks, 1 National Park (Cévennes National Park), and a lot of "villages and towns of character" (Plus Beaux Villages de France, Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire).
- Must-visits: the Pont du Gard, Millau viaduct, Gorges du Tarn, Dordogne Valley, Canal du Midi, Santiago de Compostela paths.
- Distinctive features: very pronounced cultural identities, such as those of the Camargue Gardoise, the Catalan region, the Cévennes, the Aubrac and Gascogne.
- Favourite sports: hiking, bike rides, boat trips, canoeing, swimming in the lakes and rivers, ...
- Gastronomy: foie gras, duck breast and confit duck, Camargue rice, high-quality meat (Farm Lamb of Quercy, Veau d'Aveyron et du Ségala (veal), Noir de Bigorre pork, Taureau de Camargue (bull), cassoulet, AOP cheeses (Roquefort, Rocamadour, Laguiole, ...), truffles, AOP Chasselas grapes, wines of south-west AOP (Cahors Malbec, Gaillac, Madiran, Côtes de Gascogne), Armagnac, …
- 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.