Culture

Beautiful Countryside

Beautiful Countryside

Historic Monuments

Historic Monuments

Canal Walkways

Canal Walkways

Sunny Beaches

Sunny Beaches

This part of France still very much has a traditional French way of life. You really can feel the spirit of true France here so it’s worth exploring. From hilltop castles and medieval fortresses to winding canals and expansive sun kissed sandy beaches.

Carcassonne

This is one of France’s top tourist destinations due to it’s breathtaking hilltop Castle and impressive architecture. It feels like you are stepping back in time as you move through the medieval city taking in the turrets, fortresses and cobbled streets. Not surprisingly, the fortified city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The streets within it are winding passageways packed full of old stone styled restaurants, bars and créperies. It’s perfect for a day trip and a great spot to take some wedding pictures. 

Canal du Midi

The Canal du Midi waterway is over 300 years old and meanders for hundreds of miles right through southern France, joining the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. There are a few ways to explore the stunning scenery; various cruises travel up and down the canal which operate daily. Or you can cycle or walk along the scenic towpath and take in the majestic Pyrenees in the distance. For a more relaxed approach book yourself in with one of the various private wine tastings chateaus en route. 

Wine Tasting

Although not as well known as some other regions, this has been an important wine making area for several centuries and is in fact France’s biggest wine producer. As they are less formal than the more famous wine producers from Bordeaux, the wineries here can afford to be more innovative.

Take your pick from one of the many vineyards nearby and book an enlightening wine tour and tasting session. 

Aude Region

You can still find many of the Cathar era castles and fortified hilltops and villages dotted around the area of Aude.  Built hundreds of years ago in the Middle Ages, the most impressive and well known of the two are Fontfroide and Lagrasse abbey.

You can also enjoy an invigorating hike on the Black mountain on the edge of Aude or trek through the wild unspoilt nature reserve of the National Park which has pine woods, salt marshes and lagoons. 

Mediterranean Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful sandy beaches to discover in the Occitanie region. Some stretch for miles (Espiguette) along the mostly flat and straight coastline, others (Serignan) are more off the beaten track, secluded and surrounded by sand dunes and some (Argeles) have stunning views of the Pyrenees with a lush park behind them. 

This region’s coastline is amongst the most beautiful in the south of France.