Top 69 attractions to explore in Occitanie
Occitanie is one of the biggest French regions. The Occitanie region is famous for its colorful food, wines, medieval castles, culture, history. It also offers plenty of sporting fun with ski, sea, cycling,etc.
The trail hiking 10 or GR 10 is a great hiking trail French crossing the chain Pyrenees, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. From west to east, it begins by climbing the hillsides of the Basque Country from Hendaye on the Atlantic Ocean, on the Basque Coast, then joins the Mediterranean Sea at Banyuls-Sur-Mer on the Côte Vermeille, a 916 km route.
The Abbey of Fontfroide is a Cistercian abbey located on the territory of the commune of Narbonne a, in the department of Aude in France. Initially a Benedictine abbey, it was incorporated into the Cistercian order between 1144 and 1145. Today, the Abbey of Fontfroide is a member of the Charter of Cistercian abbeys and sites in Europe. The Abbey of Fontfroide is currently a private monument held by the descendants of Gustave and Madeleine Fayet.
The Alyscamps is a large Roman necropolis, which was consecrated in the 3rd century by Saint Trophime, the first bishop of Arles, as a burial ground for Christians. They were famous in the Middle Ages and are referred to by Ariosto in Orlando Furioso and by Dante in the Inferno. Christians from far up the river Rhone river would send corpses down the river on rafts with a coin in the mouth to pay for burial in this necropolis.
The Amphitheatre of Nîmes is a perfect illustration of the degree of perfection attained by Roman engineers in designing and constructing this type of extremely complex building. it measures 133 metres long and 101 metres wide, with an arena of 68 by 38 metres. It was one of the best preserved amphitheaters from the roman world.
Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, a massive triumphal arch in Paris, France, one of the world’s best-known commemorative monuments. It is an iconic symbol of French national identity and took 30 years to build. It stands at the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the “Place de l’Étoile”. It’s located at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arches whole decorative style is entirely of the tradition of sculpture from the first half of the nineteenth century.
The Aven Armand cave, discovered in 1897 by Louis Armand, Martel's second-in-command, has a forest of over 400 stalagmites in its immense underground chamber. It is not exactly a cave: the latter is a horizontal underground cavity, more or less deep, comprising at least one accessible part. It has been open to the public since 1927 after a man-made tunnel and walkway paths were created to permit easier viewing of the Grand Salle.
The Basilica of Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse is a Catholic church located in the city of Carcassonne, France. Former cathedral, it has the rank of minor basilica since 1898. It was built between the ix th century and the xiv th century. As Jules de Lahondès wrote in the report of the Archaeological Congress of France in 1906, “The jewel of the City is its church”.
The Saint-Sernin basilica in Toulouse is a sanctuary built to house the relics of Saint Saturnin , the first bishop of Toulouse, martyred in 250 . Saint-Sernin is one of the largest preserved Romanesque churches in Europe, along with the cathedral in Speyer , Germany. It was served from the ix th century at the latest until the French Revolution, by a canonical community.
Canigou is the highest of the mountains in Eastern Pyrenees; it is on the Massif du Canigou, in the department of Pyrénées-Orientales, southern France. majestically overlooks the Roussillon plain and the Mediterranean Sea. Situated near to Prades, this Pyrenean mountain is even more impressive in winter, when its snow-covered outline is seen clearly against the surrounding countryside of the coast. One of the nice trekking destination also.
The Carlit peak is a metamorphic peak in the French Pyrenees located in the Carlit massif. It is the highest point in the Pyrénées-Orientales department with an altitude of 2,921 meters. Its name comes from the massif in which it is located. The cold sub-oceanic climate brings many disturbances and a lasting winter snow cover above 2000 meters from November to April.
The Causse Méjean is a vast French limestone plateau that is part of the Grands Causses. It is the highest of the Caussenards plateaus with an altitude varying from 800 m to 1,247 m at Mount Gargo. Its surface area is approaching 340 km. The Causse Méjean is entirely included in the perimeter of the Causses and Cévennes site, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list on June 29, 2011.
The famous Niaux Cave is located in the northern foothills of the Pyrenees just south of the French town of Foix. It is one of Europe's most impressive Palaeolithic rock art galleries of cave paintings. There are more than two kilometres of galleries, with a hundred or more superb paintings from Magdalenian times, most of which are in the famous 'Salon Noir', 800 metres from the entrance.
The Château de Foix is a castle in the French département of Ariège. An important tourist site, it dominates the town of Foix and was once a Cathar Castle. It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. It was the home of the celebrated family of counts who became the viscount of Béarn, then kings of Navarre and kings of France.
The Château de Montségur is probably the best known of all Cathar Castles. It is famous as the last Cathar stronghold, which fell after a 10-month siege in 1244. A field below the hilltop castle is reputed to be the site where over 200 Cathars were burned alive, having refused to renounce their faith. The present ruin is open to the public, as is a museum in the nearby modern village of Montségur. There is an entrance fee for both.
The castle of Peyrepertuse is a so- called "Cathar" castle located in the department of Aude in the Occitanie region. It sits on a limestone ridge at an altitude of nearly 800 m, at the top of a hill that separates Duilhac from the village of Rouffiac-des-Corbières, overlooking garrigue and vineyards. The strategic position which allows you to see far into the various valleys which surround it, to control the passes or to communicate signals to the castle of Quéribus a little further south.
The castle of Quéribus is a so-called "Cathar" castle located in the town of Cucugnan in the department of Aude. This fortress, perched on a rocky peak at an altitude of 728 meters, dominates the village of Cucugnan and is located on the border of the department of Aude and the Pyrénées-Orientales. Quéribus is high and isolated. It stands on top of the highest peak for miles around. In 1951 restoration work on the turret began, and between 1998-2002 a complete restoration of the castle was under
The Cirque de Gavarnie is one of nature’s most unique and spectacular creations. Located in the department of Hautes-Pyrénées in the Pyrénées National Park, it forms France’s southern border with Spain. This cirque is described as a rocky cliff face or wall that forms a curved amphitheater. The cirque is 800 m wide and about 3,000 m wide at the top. The rock walls that surround it are up to 1,500 metres above the floor of the Cirque.
A beautiful medieval castle which was located in the French city of Carcassonne. It is located on a hill on the right bank of the River Aude, in the south-east part of the city proper. it has played a decisive role in the history of Languedoc. Carcassonne quickly became one of the most important symbols of Royal Power in France due to its geographical location.
The Cité de l'Espace is a park dedicated to the conquest of space, space technologies, and the planets, it is located in Toulouse and opened on June 27, 1997. You can see exhibits on astronautics and astronomy, model rockets of space stations of planets, etc. Animations allow you to better understand certain aspects of the constraints undergone by the body. A rotating chair will completely disorient your sense of balance, but once you have recovered you will be able to taste the joys of traveli
The Col d'Aspin is a road mountain pass in the Pyrenees, located at 1,493 m in the French department of Hautes-Pyrénées, in Occitanie. It is taken by the route des cols. It connects the Campan valley and the Aure valley , or Sainte-Marie-de-Campan to Arreau , access can be done from the cross-country ski resort of Payolle. You can go hiking there all year round and admire the Payolle lake and many fir trees.
Map of attractions in Occitanie