Occitanie

Welcome to Occitanie

Occitanie in Southern France

Occitanie was created with the territorial reform that took effect on January 1, 2016.

It replaces the former Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Rousillon regions.

It includes 13 departments:

Formerly in Languedoc-Roussillon: Lozère (Mende - 48), Gard (Nîmes - 30), Hérault (Montpellier - 34), Aude (Carcassonne - 11) and Pyrénées Orientales (Perpignan - 66)

Formerly in Midi-Pyrénées: Aveyron (Rodez - 12), Tarn (Albi - 81), Lot (Cahors - 46), Ariège (Foix - 09), Haute-Garonne (Toulouse - 31), Hautes-Pyrénées (Tarbes - 65), Gers (Auch - 32 and Tarn-et-Garonne (Montauban - 82)

The prefecture is Toulouse.

The other main towns are Montpellier, Nimes, Perpignan, Béziers and Montauban.

The name Occitanie refers to the Langue d'Oc or Occitan language which is widely spoken in this southern region.

The region Midi-Pyrénées was created in the late 20th century and has no historic nor geographical meaning.

Languedoc-Roussillon, on the other hand, includes the historic County of Roussillon.

This southern region has been a traditional wine-growing area for centuries.

Its vineyard covers an area of 2,996 km2 and is three times larger than the Bordeaux vineyard!

Vine is indigenous to this area which is blessed with a Mediterranean weather and rocky - clayey soil, both highly favorable for its cultivation.

Some 2000 years ago the Romans domesticated the vines and planted the first vineyards around Narbonne and Béziers.

It is said that one out of 10 bottles of wine produced worldwide during the 20th century came from Occitanie!

However, Languedoc-Roussillon wines don't benefit from the same fame as other French wines because they obtained their first AOC only in the 1980s.

Occitanie  is also a region of sea and mountains and boasts 8 UNESCO heritage sites:

Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, Pont du Gard, Arles, Orange, Avignon, Andorre and Chemin de Santagio de Compostela.

Area: 72,724 km2
Population: 5,626,858 (2012)

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church - castle on frieze

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church, Lot’s only Renaissance church

Saint-Pierre of Assier Church, the only Renaissance church in the Lot department, was built by Galiot de Genouillac, lord of Assier and armourer of King Francois I
Capitole of Toulouse the Pink City

Why do we call Toulouse the Pink City?

The historical capital of Languedoc is nicknamed Toulouse the Pink City because of its red-pink bricks and tiles produced with the local clay, a construction material introduced by the Romans 2000 years ago
Lot River near Saujac

Saujac – Saut de la Mounine – Lot Valley

Saut de la Mounine in Saujac, a spectacular viewpoint along the Lot and the origin of a legend involving a hermit, a monkey and the local lord's daughter
La Capelle Balaguier Templar Cross

La Capelle Balaguier Templar Cross – Quercy

La Capelle Balaguier Templar Cross, an enigmatic stone Cross initially erected in a nearby village and moved to its current location in Aveyron in 1811

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