Boasting a wide variety of landscapes and remarkable architectural heritage, the Occitanie region is filled with countless natural, architectural, traditional and gastronomic wonders. As well as enjoying plenty of sunshine and an ideal location in south-western France, Occitanie offers visitors an infinite variety of sights to see. The famous Pyrenean mountain range with its impressive peaks, the surprising blockfield of Montpellier-le-Vieux, the immense cirques of Gavarnie and Troumouse, the peaceful Aubrac Plateau, the romantic Canal du Midi, the impressive Navacelles cirque, the authentic Cévennes massif, and the long, sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, so beloved by sunbathers, really offer a great deal to lovers of nature and outdoor activities!
As well as all these natural treasures that make the area ideal for sports like hiking, skiing, kitesurfing and windsurfing, to name but a few, this magnificent region is also full of impressive architectural and cultural heritage. Examples include the attractive towns of Albi and its Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, Auch and its picturesque streets, Cahors and its Valentré Bridge, Carcassonne and its imposing fortifications, Cordes-sur-Ciel and its Gothic houses, Foix and its medieval castle, Lourdes and its sanctuaries, Millau and its famous viaduct, Montauban and its Place Nationale, Narbonne and its Archbishops' Palace, Nîmes and its Roman ruins, Perpignan and its palace of the Kings of Majorca, Rodez and its Gothic cathedral, and Toulouse and its Renaissance mansions.
As they explore the region, lovers of old buildings can also appreciate some beautiful villages like Belcastel, Bruniquel, Castelnou, Eus, La Couvertoirade, La Garde-Guérin, Lagrasse, Larressingle, Najac, Penne and Sainte-Enimie, charming medieval fortified towns like Beaumont-de-Lomagne, Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Lauzerte and Saint-Clar, majestic Cathar castles like those of Lastours, Peyrepertuse, Puilaurens and Quéribus, as well as major cave art sites like the caves of Niaux and Le Pech-Merle.
Traditional festivals, markets full of colours and flavours, and famous gastronomic specialities like aligot, Roquefort, cassoulet, poultry from Gers, garbure, cod brandade, Corbières wine, Blanquette de Limoux, Pélardon and Cévennes honey, make Occitanie a wonderful place to enjoy good food and drink in a friendly atmosphere.