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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)

Chateau de Montal - Renaissance facades and seen from the formal garden

Chateau de Montal, a Renaissance masterpiece in Quercy

Chateau de Montal, a Renaissance masterpiece built by a woman and returned to its past grandeur by the industrialist and patron of the arts Maurice Fenaille
Dolmen de Martignes in Beduer - Lot

Dolmen de Martignes and Cloup de Coutze

Dolmen de Martignes and Dolmen du Cloup of Coutze, the most famous of the 12 dolmens listed in Beduer, a village of Quercy along St. James Way
Gouffre de Saint-Sauveur- Emeral waters of the resurgence of the river Ouysse

Gouffre de Saint-Sauveur – Ouysse River’s resurgence

The Gouffre de Saint-Sauveur is a basin of emerald water nestled in the lush greenery where the river Ouysse resurfaces near the village of Calès in the Lot
Chateau des Anglais, also known as Chateau Fort de La Roque d'Autoire

Chateau des Anglais or Chateau Fort de La Roque d’Autoire

Chateau des Anglais - Chateau Fort de La Roque d’Autoire, the troglodyte fort the lords of Turenne built at the border of the Auvergne and Toulouse counties

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