Occitanie is France’s second biggest region with 220km of Mediterranean coastline.
Occitanie has 8 sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The Canal du Midi. Gavarnie – Mont Perdu, the routes of Santiago de Compostela, the Episcopal City of Albi, the Causses and the Cevennes, the Pont du Gard, the Historic Fortified City of Carcassone, the fortifications of Vauban (Villefranche-de-Conflent and Mont Louis).
Occitanie is also home to National Parks – Pyrenees and Cervannes. 1 National Marine Park (Gulf of Lion) and 6 Regional Nature Parks.
For the ski enthusiasts there are 44 Winter Sports Resorts in the Pyrenees and the Massif Central.
See also: Cities in Occitanie
Attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon. There so much sightseeing in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the south of France that you’d need about ten long holidays here to get through it all. To be fair, it is a vast area – stretching from the Pyrénées in the south up to the Camargue and Provence in the east, and thousands of years of conflict and change have left us an unending collection of spectacular castles, ruins, abbeys and villages.
Midi-Pyrénées is well known for its green rolling landscape and fortified villages. It is a much loved destination for outdoor enthusiasts with winter sports in the mountains and walking, fishing and climbing opportunities during the summer months. Also the region offers jewels in the form of the Romanesque cloister in Moissac and the Two Seas canal linking Toulouse to Bordeaux.
THE RE-OPENING OF THE ABBEY CHURCH OF ST-GILLES (GARD)
After more than 18 months of restoration work, the Abbey Church of St-Gilles will soon be re-opening its doors to pilgrims and tourists. Dating back to the 12th century, this church is one of the most remarkable masterpieces of its period. Built on a raised base with a crypt, the church’s façade is a real “book” of stone which was designed to teach and exalt the dogma of the Roman Catholic church. The finely carved sculptures, elegant figures, rich decor and Roman-inspired layout of its three doors make this a real gem of Romanesque architecture, which was inspired by the monumental funerary art of the Ancient Roman world.
Built in the 12th century when Romanesque art was at its zenith, the Abbey Church of Saint-Gilles was the fourth most important pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages, after Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela.
THE PONT DU GARD ON THE “WORLD HERITAGE JOURNEY OF ANCIENT EUROPE”
UNESCO has chosen the Pont du Gard, the only site selected in France, as one of the stopping points on a new European tourist route known as the “Ancient Route”. This route passes through eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the archaeological site of Olympia and the sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus in Greece; the archaeological ensemble of Tarragona in Spain; Stari Grad plain in Croatia; the Ancient city of Nessebar in Bulgaria; the Roman monuments of Trier in Germany; and the archaeological area and Patriarchal basilica of Aquileia in Italy. In addition to the Ancient Greek or Roman character of the sites and their huge universal importance, the sites have also been chosen for their approach to sustainable development. Declared a “Grand Site de France” in 2004 by the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, the Pont du Gard was considered an exemplary candidate for this new route.
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