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Occitania
Occitania

A journey to the heart of cultural diversity.

Occitania in short

It's hard to speak of a single cultural unit when describing the Occitanie region. This vast territory includes five departments: Aude, Gard, Hérault, Pyrénées-Orientales and Lozère. That's more than any other region in France. This particularity is a strength, because it shows different faces. Occitanie has as much cultural identity as it has departments. The region is rich in contrasts. This diversity makes the region one of France's favourite holiday destinations. Sea, mountains, plains, lakes... the landscapes are varied and will appeal to hikers at heart as well as those who just want to laze around. Occitanie is a family-friendly region, with plenty of activities to do in the great outdoors.

Lac de Villfort in Lozère.

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Occitania and its unforgettable landscapes

With four departments bordering the Mediterranean, it would be difficult not to mention the importance of the Mediterranean in the landscapes of the Occitan region. But that would mean neglecting Lozère, whose only view is of the land - and what a land it is! Lozère boasts a host of earthly wonders, including Aven Armen, the Gorges du Tarn and the Parc National des Cévennes, where legends speak of wolves and the Beast of Gevaudan. Further south, the Hérault is a department bathed in sunshine and water, home to Montpellier and the Venice of Languedoc, Sète. Straddling Provence is the Gard, with its famous bridge, the town of Nîmes and its arena, whose borders give it the character of the Rhône valley, the Mediterranean and the Cévennes.

Parc des Cévennes, Occitanie.

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Occitania: an authentic region

As one of France's most visited regions, Occitanie owes its reputation to the strong character of its inhabitants, who are proud of the local traditions they uphold. Camargue races, jousting, the Occitan or Catalan language - these traditions are not just put forward to attract tourists and give them a taste of the authentic, they are truly inscribed in the body and soul of the inhabitants. There is no common identity, but rather a multiplicity of characters, landscapes, traditions and cultures, and this is perhaps what unites the region.

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Fortress of Carcassonne, Occitanie.

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Occitania: a history full of twists and turns.

In addition to its strong identity and colourful culture, the diversity of its landscapes is an incredible asset. And let's not forget to mention the region's tumultuous history, which has left many traces on both sides of the border. A visit to the Aude, culturally known as "Cathar country", is a must. The remains of the castles are numerous and are just waiting to be visited. Top of the list is Carcassonne, an excellent introduction to this part of history, before heading off into the Cathar lands. Children will feel like real knights. Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to discover Castelnaudary, the capital of cassoulet.

Vue aérienne de Collioure et de sa plage.

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How to get there?

✈️ The Occitanie region has excellent transport links, thanks in particular to the presence of several major airports, including Toulouse, Perpignan and Montpellier.

🚈 For those who prefer to travel by train, the possibilities are endless, thanks to a diverse rail network: TGV trains from Paris Gare de Lyon, or regional intercity and TER trains are plentiful throughout the region. One of the region's most emblematic trains is undoubtedly the "Little Yellow Train", which runs through French Catalonia.

Where to stay?

⭐ The range of tourist accommodation on offer in Occitanie is vast. From renting a flat for an entire family to booking a hotel room for a couple for a romantic weekend away, it's very easy to find the type of accommodation that suits you. The region also has a large number of campsites offering top-quality services, especially by the sea, where this type of accommodation is very popular with tourists.

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🌤️ The weather in Occitania

Summer
On the region's coast, summers can be particularly hot and dry. Occitanie suffers from drought during the summer season, from June to August. Temperatures of over 30°C are not uncommon. Sunshine levels are at their highest. This is the ideal time to enjoy water sports on the beach or outdoor activities in the mountains.

Winter
The winter climate varies in Occitanie because the region is so vast. On the coast, in the Hérault, Gard and Pyrénées-Orientales regions, winters are mild, with temperatures rarely dipping below 0°C. On the other hand, inland, as in Aveyron, temperatures are often negative. At higher altitudes, tourists and locals alike are delighted, as this is the ideal climate in which to enjoy winter sports.

⏰ When should you visit Occitanie?

With its highly varied landscapes, the climate changes dramatically depending on the department and the territory. Throughout the year, temperatures vary between 5 and 20°C. In the Pyrenees, for example, winter sports fans will prefer to go in February or March, when the snow cover is at its highest. However, those who want to enjoy the beaches of the Côte Vermeille should head there between May and September, when the sunshine is strong and ideal for working on your tan and swimming in the Mediterranean. For this reason, Collioure is very popular with tourists for its charm and pretty pebble beach.

👛 How much does a holiday in Occitania cost?

A family of 4 wanting to discover the Occitanie region for a week will have to spend between €600 and €1,000. The most expensive item will be accommodation, which fluctuates rapidly depending on the season.

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🚈 With its wide seafront, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is one of the stars of the Mediterranean coast. Argelès, Collioure, Sète or Cap d'Agde have no shortage of tourists come summer, and it's often hard to find your place in the sun. To avoid the inconvenience of driving during the summer, consider taking advantage of the region's well-developed rail services, particularly the LIO trains, which serve many towns and tourist sites such as Collioure and Argelès-sur-Mer. The hassle of parking is over!

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Official website of the Occitanie tourist office

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