Active rural holidays Broaden your horizons in the great outdoors!

Country breaks: who hasn’t dreamt of having one at some point to recharge their batteries or boost their energy levels? If you have, then make your way to the Aveyron, Lot or Lozère areas and turn your holiday into a fabulous voyage, opening you to new horizons, exciting activities and surprise encounters. Not forgetting our radiant summer sunshine, friendly locals and great hospitality.

Must-dos on the major hiking trails on the Massif Central’s southern foothills

Put them on your to-do list for your next trip to Occitanie

Vitality and exercising in nature

The art of fitness and wellness in harmony with nature

The Massif Central’s southern foothills are a fantastic and diverse playground to take care of body and mind in harmony with nature.

It’s the ultimate active destination for a whole host of outdoor activities. There’s a wide variety of first class symbolic and iconic treks ideal for point-to-point walking adventures and suitable for all ages.

Travelling carbon-neutral, trekking with family or friends, feeling rejuvenated and doing all kinds of sports in the great outdoors, is another way to experience travel and go on a journey of self-discovery!

Foodie or fitness mode

Deep in an unspoilt setting

Come and explore a multi-faceted countryside. Plateaus with endless horizons, cosy valleys, spectacular gorges, these breathtaking landscapes will blow you away!

This is the place for nature lovers and holidays with family or friends. There are so many outdoor things to do here and iconic trails to experience. Go trekking by foot, horseback, bike or MTB on the Stevenson Trail, GTMC or Way of St James spanning the Massif Central from north to south.

3 welcoming valleys to ride the East-West cycle route

3 spots for the Lot Valley Véloroute

The Lot Valley Véloroute takes you 470km from Mont Lozère to Aiguillon, through 5 départements and 3 of the area's iconic and welcoming valleys (both for treks and nature trips): the Tarn, Lot and Aveyron Valleys. 

Point-to-point trekkers can explore fabulous scenery on a route that mainly covers quiet roads or sections of greenways. It's a prime route for families as both keen and less experienced trekkers can just ride the sections they want.

Vallée et Gorges de l'Aveyron à vélo:

Put pedal to the metal on a spectacular sporting adventure. The Vallée et Gorges de l'Aveyron à vélo bike path is one sensational cycling route. It covers very different landscapes in (just) 85km. You can ride at your own pace and stumble upon spectacular views and magical medieval villages. Prepare to pedal on its wide bends with banked turns from Montauban to Laguépie. With a river on one side and cliffs on the other, the Aveyron Gorges in Tarn-et-Garonne are wild and majestic.

 

Enjoy life's simple pleasures

In Occitanie in the Massif Central

An authentic destination. Travel back in time and uncover your roots. Reconnect with yourself and recharge with encounters, community and connections.

Visit, learn and explore age-old heritage, rediscover the history of mankind on an epic journey through Lozère, Lot and Aveyron.

Shop local and sustainable during your break with simple food and drink packed full of regional flavour and local produce made in Occitanie.

How to get there?

  • By car: Occitania has a large number of motorways (A9, A20, A61, A75, etc.).
  • By plane: the region has several airports, including the international airports of Toulouse, Montpellier and Lourdes.
  • By train: the region is accessible from all the major cities of France and the European capitals.