South-West: in 2 words everything is said ... it's the holidays! Here you can picture images of vines, village festivals, duck specialities, large happy tables and valleys. The South-West is both part of Occitanie and its quintessence: conviviality, good life, beautiful and sunny landscapes. Discover Tarn-et-Garonne, Gers, Tarn and Haute-Garonne: these are your 4 South-West destinations, they await you and will welcome you with the greatest pleasure all year long.
Between the glorious untamed nature and landscapes shaped by men, our French Tuscany is an oasis of calm. In the land of the Musketeeer d’Artagnan, a joie de vivre is everywhere: in the air, in the smiles on people’s faces, on your plate…. Here , the word is and always will be ‘slow’ and we know how to enjoy every moment at our own rhythm.
The Gers is a lively region, rich in its culture and history. From prestigious sites such as the unmissable Abbaye de Flaran, with its precious heritage, embark on a journey to discover our architectural gems and hidden treasures! Enjoy the simple and real pleasures, appreciate the good way of life and good food that are shared throughout our countryside! Treat yourself to our foie gras and other local products present in our markets and our restaurants. Taste from our 6 wine appellations, including the oldest French brandy: Armagnac!
With its cycle route (V82), its paths to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostella, its European d’Artagnan Equestrian Route and the River Baïse, the Gers promotes the wonders of nature and ways to enjoy it through gentle exercise. On the water, on foot, on horseback, by bike: choose your preferred way to be part of it. Throughout the year, the Gers is motivated with a desire to celebrate and be free. Music, photography, circus, exhibitions: there is something for everyone to enjoy and adventures to discover! Make the most of the unmissable events such as the Jazz in Marciac festival to get your fill of cheer.
A big breath of fresh-air for holidays or natural getaways, unforgettable encounters, secret places and a preserved nature… Here is what Haute-Garonne is putting at your disposition, from the AOC vineyard of Fronton at the North of Pyrenees to the south, by way of Toulouse, the capital city of Occitania.
By foot, bicycle or on the water, the Garonne is an ideal playground for practice all kind of physical activities : canoeing, rafting, paddle… Hiking with the GR©861 Via Garona which links on 170km Toulouse to the Saint-Bertrand-De-Comminges’ Cathedral.
There, a real South-West spirit concentration is waiting for you, synonym of space, freedom, conviviality et authenticity
Located in the center of Occitania, between Toulouse, Carcassonne and Millau, the Tarn with its multiple and surprising landscapes is the ideal department to spend a good time and for vacations with family or friends.
If you are a heritage lover discover our 5 UNESCO inscriptions or stroll through our bastides, fortified villages of the Middle Ages, including the most famous of them: Cordes-sur-Ciel.
Admire our great museums like the one dedicated to Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi which offers the largest collection in the world of the works of the painter born in the Tarn. Passionate about History? Visit and stay in the Abbey-School of Sorèze which was a royal military school under Louis XVI.
Feel like going green? Discover the preserved nature of the Tarn, the wild plateau of Ségala and its Viaur gorges, the Montagne Noire and the Monts de Lacaune, the Sidobre and its granite rocks sculpted by nature. 5000 km of hiking trails await the most athletic among you. Golf, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, quad biking, hot air ballooning, canoeing... you can do everything in the Tarn!
Finally for the gourmets, the Tarn represents well the South-West of France: confits, duck breasts, foie gras, Label rouge pink garlic of Lautrec, salted meat from the Mounts de Lacaune, red veal meat of Segala and white meat of Lauragais... But let's not forget the age-old vineyard of Gaillac: it is regaining its nobility thanks to the winegrowers who sublimate its endemic grape varieties such as Mauzac, Len de Lel, Braucol and Duras for the reds... Come and see for yourself: the winegrowers offer aperitif concerts all summer long, so you can discover their estates and taste the art of living in the Tarn. Can't wait for the cicada season!
Discovering the Tarn-et-Garonne in Occitanie means immersing yourself into the heart of the orchard in the South-West. From the wild banks of the Garonne and the Tarn, to the breathtaking cliffs of the Aveyron Gorges, via the hills of Quercy and the hillsides of Lomagne, it is an authentic and unspoilt countryside to be tamed.
Its capital, Montauban, the pink brick city of Ingres, Moissac and its Unesco-listed cloister, Auvillar, Bruniquel and Lauzerte (our 3 most beautiful villages in France), Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val and its country houses... the Grands Sites Occitanie are the place to be for an unforgettable stay on the roads of the youngest department in France, the cradle of the best fruits. Apples, plums, melons, strawberries and chasselas mark our landscape. And to accompany the dishes of our talented chefs, the winegrowers of our 6 appellations, AOP Fronton, AOP Coteaux du Quercy, AOP Saint-Sardos, AOP Brulhois, IGP Lavilledieu, IGP Coteaux et Terrasses de Montauban, produce wines of an unexpected nature, with generous nuances.
On foot, by bike, by kayak, by hot-air balloon or on horseback, this land is the ideal terrain for nature lovers and slow tourism.
Continue the gentle itinerary along the Canal des Deux Mers and take a break at the newwater slope in Montech, challenge nature and try your hand at a sporting adventure by cycling the Aveyron Valley and Gorges, or walk through history on the route to Santiago de Compostela: welcome to Tarn-et-Garonne!