Occitanie / Midi-Pyrénées
These are the best departements in France if you are looking for the best quality of life. The warm colours characterizing the area around Toulouse, the Mediterranean environment, and to the south the majestic Pyrenees mountains and unspoilt nature guarantee a perfect sense of freedom.
Discover Toulouse, the beautiful, bustling, historical capital of Midi-Pyrénées. Gers is known for its joie de vivre, the musketeer D'Artagnan (born not far from Auch), beautiful châteaux, antique markets, mediaeval villages, and gastronomic restaurants. Dotted around are typical French café terraces on a square with plane trees where jeu de boules is played. Ariège, in the south of the region, offers a panoramic view of the mountain ranges. The history of this departement, bordering Catalonia and Andorra, was partly written by the Counts of Foix and the Cathar's and Catharism. Valleys punctuated by villages which have retained all their charm, large ski areas, and nature reserves with a rich flora and fauna: a spectacular and authentic environment in which French traditions still thrive.
Occitanie / Languedoc Roussillon
The perfect region if you like variety: sandy beaches stretching for miles, beautiful nature in the surrounding countryside, and the impressive mountain peaks of the Pyrenees and the Massif Central. The different landscapes are typical of this characterful region, full of contrasts and enjoying plenty of sunshine.
Besides the rich nature - carefully protected in numerous nature parks and reserves - the region is strewn with beautiful historic towns and countless picturesque villages. Some even feature on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Explore the capital of the region, Montpellier - a modern city with a historic centre - or visit the well-known cities of Nîmes and Carcassonne. Saunter through the narrow streets, enjoy the atmosphere on one of the many squares bustling with the local French population, or seek out a spot on a sunny terrace and enjoy a glass of wine for which this region - the most expansive wine region in the world - is so well known.
The unique thing about Languedoc Roussillon is that everything is within easy reach. Add in the sunshine, the wine, the hospitality, and the delicious food, and the good life in La Douce France can begin.
The regions of Midi Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon have been merged into Occitanie since 2016.