Occitanie is the second biggest region in France, and has a rich variation of landscapes and climates. Mountains, forests, garrigue, hills, plains and the coastline, are all part of this décor. Rivers are also present, in particular the Rhône to the East, as is the Camargue in the Gard area. In addition, the Mediterranean coastline, it stretches across four departments.
A real climatic patchwork, the coast benefits from the Mediterranean climate enjoying some of the highest sun exposure in France, with more than 2200 hours of sun per year.
The region brims with extraordinary natural and manmade sites, from prehistoric spots such as Tautavel, to the classical remains of the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, or the medieval city of Carcassonne, reflected in more contemporary buildings. This rich heritage is internationally recognized, and the Occitanie Region is now home to eight, UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Occitanie also has a rich gastronomic culture, and is the first region in Europe to have almost 300 products with labels guaranteeing their quality and origins. This lifestyle can be seen in the traditional markets, which are a veritable display of the endless gastronomic wealth of the region. In addition, this is the biggest wine-producing region in the world, with more than 280,000 hectares of vineyards. It produces exceptional and highly varied wines, with no less than 44 AOC “guarantee of origin” labels and 36 protected geographical markers bearing the Sud de France signature.