Sweet France : Occitania

Welcome to my home! 🙂

It is the largest region in France with its 13 departments. The pink city (Toulouse) is the capital.

In my Tarn

CASTRES

No, I don’t live in Castres but not very far (30 km). It seems to me that it is a city that should not be forgotten where you can visit the Goya museum and walk in the gardens of the bishopric (designed by Lenôtre) or in the Gourgeade park. A town full of charm with its pretty houses on the Agoût river. Many animations are present there in summer.

The Tarn gorges

To the north of Millau, the numerous torrents of the Tarn have dug a real canyon in the limestone massif. Fabulous and varied landscapes to discover by road or on the water.

Haute-Garonne

Revel, Lake St Ferréol, Sorèze

First stop in Sorèze, at the foot of the Black Mountain (also worth seeing! ) where you will not fail to visit its abbey among others. Revel is home to one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France every Saturday. At the sources of the Canal du Midi is the lake of St Ferréol, perfect for swimming and relaxing. Don’t forget to visit the Canal du Midi museum and gardens at the foot of the lake’s dyke.

Laréole Castle

The Château de Laréole is hosting an exhibition in homage to Marc Saint-Saëns until 27 September 2015.
This artist from Toulouse, born in the 20th century, participated in the « renaissance of tapestry » movement.
Admission is free.

Tarn-et-Garonne

Another department with remarkable natural sites…

The Aveyron Gorge

They are located in the north-eastern part of the department, the gorges of Aveyron are a real showcase of architectural and geographical beauties to be absolutely seen!

SAINT NICOLAS DE LA GRAVE

The confluence of Tarn-et-Garonne offers 450 hectares, 29 of which are dedicated to discovery, relaxation and play.
The lake of Saint Nicolas de la Grave is also an ornithological reserve known for its diversity of bird species that frequent it.

The Garden of the Simples

Located in Montauban, this garden takes its name from the time of Charlemagne.

Gers

Auch is the hometown of Comte d’Artagnan and Louis Villaret de Joyeuse. Stroll in the small medieval streets full of flowers, you will discover a large staircase of 234 steps. Don’t miss the walk along the banks of the Gers as well as the Sainte Marie cathedral.

You can visit Fourcès, a small fortified village that owes its originality to its circular shape. Its history and heritage make it one of the jewels of the Armagnac region. The village will seduce you with its beauty and serenity.

Don’t forget the melon capital, Lomagne Gersoise, which also offers the most beautiful view of the countryside and the Pyrenees. Stroll through the many small streets to discover this city, its mansions, gardens and cathedral.

AVEYRON

It is in Rodez that the Soulages Museum will open in 2014.
Pierre Soulages is a painter of international renown. His work is represented in nearly 90 museums around the world. He is the most highly rated French artist in the world on the contemporary art market.

The house of wood and the garden of the 5 senses is located in Taussac. The open space from July 15th to August 29th is composed of 3 parts. Please note that the garden is open all year round.

An essential stopover on the road to Santiago de Compostela, Belcastel has a castle built on a 9th century chapel which was restored from 1975 to 1982 by the architect Fernand Pouillon. A bridge was built there to develop the village on the other bank. There is also a church dating from the 15th century.

ARIÈGE

One should not visit Foix without visiting its castle which is an emblematic site of Ariège and which was built in height for its protection.

And of course, the Ariège mountains are worth the detour. Nothing better to recharge your batteries.

Hautes-Pyrénées

The Hautes-Pyrénées have more than a dozen abbeys, all dating from the 10th century. The main ones are the Abbey of l’Escaladieu and the Abbey of Saint Savin.

Lozère

You will be in communion with nature here. Recharge your batteries at an impressive waterfall in Mont-Lozère. The rune waterfall is almost 70 metres high and flows into the Tarn.

Nicknamed the « pink cave », the Dargilan cave will take you on an extraordinary adventure into the depths of the earth.

You don’t have to go to America to see buffalo. At an altitude of 1400 metres, the European buffalo reserve is located.

You can also admire vultures in Meyrveis or Saint léger de Peyre where the Gévaudan wolf park is located.

Walking on the water, making music with marbles, crossing the river like Tarzan or trying to get a plane to take off is possible at Vallon du Villaret.

Gard

The Cévennes National Park extends over 3 departments. An exceptional heritage as it is landscaped, natural, architectural and historical.

Don’t forget to go and admire the Pont du Gard!

The Espélugues chasm is about a hundred in diameter and 70 metres deep.

NÎMES

City not to be missed for its arenas, you will also find the square house.

You can go to the Tour Magne or Castellum.

Herault

MONTPELLIER

Situated only 10 km from the Mediterranean Sea, you will discover the imposing Gothic cathedral of St. Peter.

On the Place de la Comédie stands the opera house built in the 19th century.

The Fabre museum with its impressive collection of European art and earthenware is a real eye-catcher.

Béziers

It is, perhaps, the oldest city in France. The 9 locks of Fonseranes is a green space laid out around the canal.

Find there the Saint-Nazaire cathedral and the old bridge.

SÈTE

Important port city in the south east of France. The summit of Mount Saint Clair offers a breathtaking view of the city.

On the museum side, you can visit the Paul Valery museum and the Georges Brassens space.

AGDE

This city is rich in history in every sense of the word. You could will please you with the Aqualand, the Marine Aquarium, the Luna Park or otherwise … 😉

AUDE

In addition to its very good cassoulet of Castelnaudary, you will be able to lose yourself in the maze of alleys of the City of Carcassonne.

WELCOME TO THE CATHAR COUNTRY!

Make a huge leap back in time by hiking the mythical Cathar trail

Discover the Citadels of Vertigo or the Gorges of Galamus.

PYRÉNÉES ORIENTALES

Collioure is worth the detour as much for the richness of Catalan and Aragonese history as for its little corner of paradise.

Board the yellow train to discover the Catalan country…

Enjoy a family day at the listed site of Bouillouses or go back in time at the prehistory museum of Tautavel.

I’ll let you taste your little Muscat de Rivesaltes and see you next week for new adventures in the PACA region.

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