It's another south, filled with scenic and serene natural wonders between the Pyrenees and the Cevennes region.
Start with the pinkest of all: Toulouse! Convivial and celebratory, the regional capital displays the sweetness of life in Occitanie at every corner – especially on its terrace bars with astonishing views of the Garonne.
The coppery shades of its bricks give it an air of Italy, but its monuments have a very singular character: explore the Capitol, its Town Hall; the endless neoclassical façade of the basilica of Saint-Sernin, a masterpiece of Romanesque art; and the Gothic Couvent des Jacobins. Not to mention the Hotel Assézat, one of France's most spectacular Renaissance manors to punctuate its squares and passages.
Nîmes was once the Roman Empire's gateway to the Mediterranean. Today, it is a charming city with a rich history and culture. The old town is home to numerous Roman ruins, including the famous Arena, medieval churches, and castles. Nîmes is also known for its Cathar heritage; the region was once home to this Christian sect which the Inquisition persecuted.
Carcassonne is a fortified city in southern France that dates back to the Roman era. The city is ringed by imposing walls punctuated by 52 towers, and its medieval castle is one of the largest in Europe. Carcassonne was also an important stronghold for the Cathars and retained much of its medieval atmosphere.
Rocamadour is a village perched on a cliff 150 meters above the Alzou canyon in southwest France. This picturesque village is home to numerous medieval buildings and structures, including churches and castles.