Formed from the merged regions of Langedoc Roussillon and Midi Pyrénées, Occitanie covers a large and varied area. A holiday here could see you wandering the peaceful banks of the Canal du Midi, or hiking in the Pyrenees. Home to some of the most iconic places in France such as Carcassonne and Toulouse, it also hides many secret spots off the tourist trail.
Lourdes is known as the gateway to the Pyrenees. Set in the foothills, it is a small market town which has made a big name for itself as a major Catholic pilgrimage site, with visitors flocking to the grotto where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared before Bernadette Soubirous.
In the Pyrenees, enjoy skiing in the winter and hiking and other outdoor activities in the summer, taking in the spectacular views and culture of the mountain towns and villages.
To the north of Occitanie, the department of Lot showcases stunning clifftop village Rocamadour and Cahors, the city of art and history, while the Aveyron region boasts mountain scenery of the Massif Central, and the stunning Millau viaduct. The Massif Central continues east into Lozère where the Cévennes National Park is home to a vast number of animals and plants.
Central Occitanie is quieter but has its own treasures, including attractive medieval towns, the Gaillac wine region and the scenic Tarn Gorges.
Head to Toulouse, La ville Rose, for a culture hit; its pink stone architecture, interesting old town and bustling atmosphere captivate all the senses. It’s also the starting point of the Canal du Midi, which flows through some of the most scenic places in Occitanie to end up in the Mediterranean Sea. The town of Carcassone is one such destination, well-known for its stunningly well-preserved citadel which is reminiscent of a Disney-style castle.
To the south of Occitanie is the Pyrénées-Orientales department, home to beautiful scenery, including the peak of Canigou, as well as the Catalan city of Perpignan, close to the Mediterranean coast.
Further up the coast, Narbonne with its beautiful Canal de la Robine, the hilltop town of Béziers and nearby Fonseranes locks, and elegant city of Montpellier are all very worthy stops on a tour of Occitanie.
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