Occitanie is the second largest region of France. During your family holiday here, you will have the choice between the beach with the Mediterranean coast, Pyrenees mountains, big cities like Toulouse or Montpellier and the countryside with beautiful villages and incredible natural landscapes. Nature lovers will know that almost half of Occitania is composed of remarkable and protected natural sites.
With its regional and national parks, nature reserves and 200 classified nature sites, Occitanie is the ideal region for lovers of hiking and cycling. Admire the spectacular contrast of huge limestone plateaus with the Gorges du Tarn in the Grands Causses Regional Nature Park. For grassland as far as the eye can see, go to the Aubrac Regional Nature Park and the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc where you can see the Mediterranean sea. There are so many other things to explore!
Discover the charm of the (coastal) cities nearby and fishing ports. Do not miss the must-sees such as the medieval town of Aigues-Mortes and the first port of the kingdom of France, the Grande Motte with its avant-garde architecture and the Cap d'Agde with the Canal du Midi, a classified World Heritage of UNESCO. Still can't decide? Then visit Collioure in Côte Vermeille! This city is located between the mountain and sea and surrounded by vineyards and offers dramatic coastal views.
Many villages that are mentioned as "The most beautiful villages of France" are in Occitania. Take a detour to visit the towns of Loubressac, Minerva, Carennac, and Conques. Discover the cities rich in heritage such as Nîmes, Lodève, and Uzès. Discover the towns and villages in bloom Alès, Ordan Larroque, Albi.
There are bigger cities in Occitania like Toulouse (1h30 from the Hitton Gers farm) and Montpellier. Admire the city hall in Toulouse, stroll on the Charles-de-Gaulle square or on the banks of the Garonne and visit the interior of one of the largest Romanesque basilicas preserved in Europe: Saint-Sernin. In Montpellier, visit the historic center, admire the Saint-Pierre cathedral, go to the magnificent museum of fine arts: the Fabre museum.
In addition, there is the incredible city of Carcassonne and the medieval cities of Ariège with many castles.
The Lot and Célé valleys in the Dordogne valley
Browse the Lot and Célé valleys by foot, bike or canoe, discover castles and exceptional villages. Do not forget the Dordogne Valley, an area labeled Pays d'Art et d'Histoire, with the city of Rocamadour which was once a pilgrimage site.
In this region, the people are very welcoming, passionate and live a good life. You will appreciate their singing accent and their friendliness.