This huge region, which combines the old regions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées, offers travellers a wide range of destinations, from seaside, wild nature and mountains to cities with a rich past. To complete your stay in Occitannia, les Collectionneurs offer an excellent selection of charming hotels and restaurants.
The easiest way to explore Occitania is to fly to one of the main cities by plane, landing at Montpellier-Méditerranée or Toulouse-Blagnac airport. For those who prefer a more leisurely pace of travel, a night train links Paris to the Pink City of Toulouse. Wandering aimlessly around the historic centre of these cities is time well spent. Montpellier is criss-crossed by a maze of narrow cobbled streets where you will discover the beautiful Rue des de la Bourse and the church of Saint-Roch. Fanning out from the banks of the Garonne, Toulouse displays a rich heritage with Saint-Étienne cathedral sitting cheek by jowl with the Carmes quarter, the basilica of Notre-Dame de la Daurade, and the Musée des Augustins. Each city has its own distinct identity. While Tarbes and Auch speak of the Gascon past, a Provencale influence is felt in the lower Rhône valley, while the history of Cathar country remains closely linked to the UNESCO-listed walled city of Carcassonne.
Using these towns as a base, it's easy to lose yourself off the beaten track in this stunning region. From the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast, the region of Occitania offers a whole variety of landscapes. Remarkable places which can be visited in all seasons. The awe-inspiring Gouffre de Padirac in the Lot is a hundred metres deep. In this department, do not miss the medieval hill town of Rocamadour. History-lovers will be enchanted by the Roman arena at Nîmes, or the Pont du Gard. Albi's Sainte-Cécile cathedral is the biggest brick-built cathedral in the world, and is well worth a detour. Finally, for a relaxing break, the Canal du Midi invites you to follow its course by boat or bike.
Encircled by the Landes, the Périgord and the Camargue, Occitania is one of the biggest regions in mainland France. From the Corbières to the Cévennes and on to the Gulf of Lion, Occitania offers up an incredible variety of cultures and landscapes, each unique and different. Whether it's a family holiday, a romantic break or a weekend with friends, travellers can focus on one area, such as the Gorges de l'Aveyron, and take full advantage of what it has to offer. For a stay by the water's edge, why not find a charming hotel near a seaside resort or a secluded beach? Others may prefer to take a touring holiday and roam around the region. It is possible to could get the best of all worlds by opting for a guesthouse in the great outdoors, before booking a hotel in Montpellier, Perpignan or Béziers for a taste of city life.
To make it easier to organise your trip, the establishments selected by les Collectionneurs take online bookings. For family holidays, some establishments offer a babysitting service on request. Occitania is a destination prized by nature-lovers where travellers also have the chance to throw themselves into sporting activities like hiking or kayaking which hotels can arrange. If relaxation is your priority, you can opt for a spa hotel and treat yourself to a relaxing massage in the wellness space, after a session in the steam room or sauna. Certain establishments also offer a heated outdoor pool, which is a real pleasure in the summer.
From chateaux in the middle of the vineyards to listed villas to handsome 19th-century dwellings, all the establishments selected by les Collectionneurs share a taste for the art of living and hospitality. Proprietors passionate about hospitality welcome their guests in convivial surroundings for a family break or a romantic getaway. With a mix of refinement and chic, the comfortable rooms and suites each have their own distinct personality. Choose between a standard double room, a suite with private jacuzzi or a magical night in a treehouse.
Travellers can enjoy a charming hotel nestling in a haven of lush greenery, or at the bustling heart of the old town. Peace and serenity combine with modern comfort. The comfortable beds and fully equipped bathrooms are provided with your wellbeing at heart. Wifi and flat-screen TVs are available in every establishment. In the morning, a buffet or continental breakfast is served in an elegant dining room or on a terrace with breathtaking views.
With the generous influence of the South-West's distinctive gastronomy, with its Provencale and Catalan flavours, the cuisine of Occitania enhances the multiple flavours of its local delicacies, from the black truffles of Quercy to the oysters of Bouzigues, to the Lucque olives of Hérault to the Collioure's anchovies. The unwavering creativity of the chefs selected by les Collectionneurs fires them to compose ever more impressive harmonies of flavour.
Want to savour this regional cuisine? Just take your place on the terrace of one of these establishments and enjoy the song of the cigales in the shade of the pine trees or sit down in one of our contemporary design restaurants.
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