Take a trip in Occitanie
The new French region Occitanie is a fusion of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées. Located between the central Massif mountains to the north and the Pyrenees to South, Occitanie and its marvels are made for lovers of authenticity. You will discover a coastline that runs for 200 kilometers, from the Camargue to the Gulf of Lyon and many picturesque towns and villages.
Tour guides in Occitan
Five ideas for guided tours in Occitanie
The Gard bridge
Since the start of its renovation in 2000, this magnificent roman aqueduct, measuring 48 meters high with 49 arches, has regained its original splendor. Initially, the aqueduct and 50 kilometers of pipeline surrounding it were used to move water from the Eure in Uzès to the Nîmois site, but activity stopped in the 6th century. You simply can’t miss this Gard bridge, which happens to be the tallest roman aqueduct in the world!!! The three levels of superimposed arches, how remarkably well they are preserved, and their incredibly technical construction all make this a masterpiece of antiquity architecture. Occitanie private guides are at your service to tell you the story of this legendary bridge.
The Padirac chasm in the Lot
The Paridac chasm measures 35 meters in diameter and is a major, geological curiosity, not to mention one of nature’s marvels. The chasm is in the Dordogne valley, not far from Rocamadour. Walk down using built in steps or an elevator and discover the galleries. Further down, take your seat on a boat for a journey to the center of the Earth! You’ll discover immense stalactites called Great Pendeloques, and pass through small natural dams before ending in the Hall of the Great Dome. This giant, natural cathedral measures 94 meters high. In all, more than a kilometer’s worth of galleries are open to the public. You won’t be disappointed by this visit, one of the most fantastic around.
The Navacelles Crater
Here lies another of nature’s marvels. The giant crater in the heart of Causses and Cévennes will leave you speechless. The canyon is 300 meters deep, offering many possibilities for unforgettable hikes. Between the green valley and mountain trails, the entire experience is spectacular. To discover the entirety of the site Navacelles cirque make sure to head to the bottom of the crater. The village of Navacelles lies right next to the Vis waterfall and is home to a botanical trail open to the public.
Founded in 1222 by Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse, the magnificent little village of Cordes-sur-Ciel has incomparable Gothic heritage. Walking through its alleys is truly enchanting. Homes and shops offer dozens of sandstone variations. You’ll notice magnificent “Gothic” houses that adjoin the main road, the Grand Rue Raymond VII. Take a stroll and admire the wonderfully refined facades that will take you back in time. Today, Cordes is a very lively city that has managed to keep its harmonious architecture.
Perched atop the Alzou canyon in the Dordogne Valley, this famous medieval village of Rocamadour clings to the cliff; its houses seem to be part of the mountain. The Figuier gate entrance will bring you to the Rocamadour’s unique road: Couronnerie street. From here you can climb the 233 steps leading to a square with eight churches and chapels. Don’t hesitate to go to the castle and walk along its ramparts from which you can enjoy the vast panorama.