Occitania is a rich and varied region between mountains, cities, countryside and sea. France’s second largest region where the dynamic student cities of Toulouse and Montpellier are located, the sunny region of Occitania offers lots of activities, as well as different local cultures deeply rooted on the territory.
Occitania is really concerned about the protection of its wild space and its flora and fauna. 40% of its territory is indeed made up of outstanding protected natural spaces with 7 regional parks and 2 national parks, 29 natural sanctuaries and 249 Natura 2000 sites.
Moreover, 25% of the Mediterranean coast belongs to the French Coastal Conservancy!
Occitania cannot be discovered without tasting its numerous wines . Indeed, as a national leader of organic wine, the area is also known as the World’s first wine region: 36% of the French volume of wine come from 80 local appellations ! Through vines, the Canal du midi, emblematic steam running from Toulouse to Sète near Montpellier, is reachable and enjoyable at any time of the year.
Some other landmarks are also not to be missed: the Fortified City of Carcassonne, Lourdes, Millau Viaduct, Cathar castles, the arenas of Nîmes, Pyrenees with the iconic Pic du Midi, Collioure and the Vermillion Coast or the authentic Camargue.
Finally, Occitania is not only about diverse landscapes and old cities. The charm of the region can be seen in its rugby team, in the singing accent of the inhabitants, the variety of local products, warm village festivals and several others.