A vast and plural territory, including a coastline that provides access to the Golfe du Lion, two mountain ranges, limestone plateaus and a back country that stretches to the Vallée de la Dordogne, the region of Occitania, Pyrenees-Mediterranean offers some splendid places, representative of the local art of living. Here, well-being and living well are important points of view.

Between eating well and living well, let yourself be carried away by this harmonious equilibrium between the raging coast bathed in torrid sunshine and the gentle back country. The destination of Occitania,Pyrenees-Mediterranean offers a regional gastronomy that is varied and renowned. However, it is also the biggest vineyard in the world.

The sweetness and the generosity of the South

Quality accommodation for an exceptional holiday

Classic or high-range, the accommodation in Occitania, Pyrenees-Mediterranean features unusual refinement. In hotels, campsites, holiday villages, guest rooms or rented facilities, no matter what the package or range of services, the emphasis is always placed on services, events, sharing and fun, with respect for the environment and access to vacations for all. Thus, a holiday in a hostel will delight visitors seeking a family atmosphere in an old traditional building, decorated with care by its owners. If visitors prefer an exotic setting, cabins or yurts in the woods are also offered in several departments. Mountain lovers will find warm stages during their Pyrenean hike or on the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrims’ Route.

On the edge of the sea, the campsites, holiday villages or hotels with every comfort are the ideal solution to enjoy the beach as well as modern services such as the swimming pool, spa, gym, etc. Guaranteed by different labels, including the label “Qualité Sud de France”, these facilities let you put down your suitcases in of Occitania, Pyrenees-Mediterranean with total peace of mind.

In addition, over fifty tourist facilities chosen for their exceptional features form the Prestige Circle, initiated by “Sud de France Développement” for exceptional tourism.

Run by wine producers and professionals of wine tourism, the Club Œnotourisme (wine tourism club) offers ideas for many original holidays in the middle of the grapevines. Cahors, Gaillac, Armagnac, in all the vineyards of the region, wine producers who are devoted and passionate, enable the visitor to appreciate the landscapes and the diversity of the tours. Venez déguster, apprendre ou visiter de façon parfois insolite les plus beaux terroirs et domaines viticoles en partant sur les Routes Oenotouristiques Sud de France ou dans les vignobles du Sud Ouest.

Take the time to discover the beautiful vineyards of the south of France and southwest of France, where the well-known and delicious wines from Corbières, Minervois, Roussillon and south-west Rhone can be found.  During your visit, you will most certainly taste the latest vintages of your favourite appellation and even meet the wine makers.  

Furthermore, planning your own wine adventure could not be any easier thanks to the Sud de France package package Holiday tours and our suggestions menu.

There are many destinations: a green getaway in an authentic bastide, a mystic night in a Benedictine monastery, an evening under the stars in a Catalan golf restaurant, an epicurean wine-tasting in a vineyard estate...

A rich diversity

A pluralistic territory, in Languedoc Roussillon and Midi Pyrénées consists of several areas which renders it rich. It is besides, with more than 250 references, the first region in Europe to hold so many products labelled as IGP, AOC, AOP or Label Rouge. In the departments which form an arc round the Mediterranean, from the mountains to the sea, from districts of high elevation to the Mediterranean, from the Camargue to the Côte Vermeille, there are in this way a multitude of specialities on offer and a sun-drenched and refined cuisine.

Oysters from the lagoons of Leucate, Gruissan or Thau, anchovies from Collioure, brandade from Nîmes, Pélardon cheese and sweet onion from the Cévennes, eels, melon and lamb from the Cathar area, apricots from Roussillon, dorade, asparagus from the area round Uzès, chickpeas, small pâtés from Pézenas or Nîmes, “truffade”, rousquilles (ring-shaped cakes), garriguettes strawberries… the palette of flavours is rich and important.

In Tarn-et-Garonne fruit is plentiful in this region where grapes including the famous chasselas of Moissac, melons and plums abound. In Haute-Garonne they are very proud of the famous Toulouse sausage, in receipt of a Red Label, not to mention Pyrenean lamb. Gers and Lot have in common the tradition of rearing ducks mainly to make foie gras out of some and duck cutlets and conserves out of others. Ariège and Aveyron are both meat areas where excellence may be savoured what with Gascon beef, bœuf fermier from Aubrac and calf from Aveyron. Tarn enjoys a reputation which is unsurpassed for salt meat whether it be the IGP dry ham of Lacaune or melsat, that white pudding made of meat, eggs and bread. The black pig of Bigorre is the pride of the Hautes-Pyrénées while Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées, Haute-Garonne and Ariège divide their forces to relaunch the Gascon chicken, famous for having been the favourite dish of Henri IV as chicken casserole!

As many products which allow the ambassadors of taste that are the numerous chefs and cooks of talent, to fly high the flag of a region.

From Saint-Mont to Lirac, the biggest vineyard in the world

With its 44 “appellations d’origine controlee”, its 36 IGPs and above all its 280,000 hectares of vines – of which 244,000 are just for the wines of Languedoc and Roussillon -, the territory of Occitanie, Pyrénées Méditerranée represents the biggest vineyard in the world. Or should we say vineyards, for diversity is the order of the day among these exceptional wines which use numerous varieties of grape like malbec, syrah, mourvèdre, cabernet-franc, mauzac, négrette, carignan, etc. With 8% of the area under cultivation planted with vines and offering wines with or without an appellation of ever higher quality, the region is a land for wines.

The principal areas of production are AOCs in Languedoc (43,000 hectares), Côtes de Gascogne and Condomois (13,000 hectares), Corbières (9,900 hectares), Côtes du Roussillon and Côtes du Roussillon Villages (6,200 hectares), Armagnac (5,200 hectares), Cahors (4,400 hectares), Saint-Chinian (3,300 hectares), Minervois (3,200 hectares), Gaillac (3,000 hectares)…