Destination guide

Magnifique! From the mountains to the Mediterranean

Occitanie is the romantic region in southern France where the Mediterranean coastline meets the Pyrenees mountains. Your Occitanie vacation rental serves as an excellent jumping-off point for exploring the region and its quaint villages, rolling countryside, and rustic vineyards. Outdoor enthusiasts will soak up the watery setting, from Mediterranean beaches to the Canal du Midi, the 150-mile-long canal in southern France. You'll find numerous charming towns and cities throughout the region as well, from bustling hot spots like Toulouse and Montpellier, to the charming medieval town of Carcassonne.

Things to do

A bridge to the past—ancient artifacts and historic haunts

Occitanie features spectacular architecture, from the medieval walled fortress of Carcassonne, to the breathtakingly beautiful St-Sernin Cathedral in Toulouse. The small town of Alibi is home to the 13th-century Berbie Palace and the oldest bridge in France, a structure dating back to 1040. The spectacular Roman aqueduct the Pont du Gard sits just outside the town of Nimes, and you can explore it on foot or by kayak. If you're looking for something a bit more laidback, tour a local winery or visit the lush grounds of Montpellier Jardin des Plantes, a historic botanical garden and arboretum.

Activities

Boats, beaches, and bikes—outdoors in Occitanie

Montpellier is home to a host of popular beaches where you can sunbathe or swim the day away, while the port of Sete features frenzied water-jousting tournaments. Canal du Midi offers activities in the water and on land, with its boat rides and waterfront trails, respectively. If that's not enough of a workout, you'll find numerous bike paths throughout the area. Looking to relax? The quaint town of Rodez features a lively Saturday morning market which offers a variety of local goods. Your Occitanie vacation rental will also place you near 1 of the Pyrenees' little spa towns or ski resorts.

Weather

Seasons change: from sunshine to snowfall

Summers in Occitanie are sunny, dry, and warm, particularly along the coast, where temperatures frequently climb into the 80s. Early fall is often humid with heavy rains. The region also gets hit with lots of rainfall in early spring, when the days are often cloudy and cool. The region heats up in late spring as the temperatures reach the 70s and the sunshine returns. Winter on the plains, valleys, and mountains is frequently chilly, as snow falls at higher elevations and temperatures hover near freezing.

Natural features

Forests, fields, and… flamingos? Occitanie's wild landscape

Get lost in nature at the Cevennes National Park, a pristine setting dotted with sprawling pastures, dense forests, and towering mountains. Just south of the park is the area known as the Camargue, a unique landscape made up of marshes, lakes, and canals, where pink flamingos, wild horses, and bulls roam free. While the jagged, snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees dominate the scenery, the gentle, green rolling hills of the Cevennes mountains add a pop of color to Occitanie's setting.

Can I find a vacation rental around Occitanie?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 31,634 vacation rentals near Occitanie. From 10,757 Houses to 2,714 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Occitanie for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Occitanie?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Occitanie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Montpellier: 2,805 vacation rentals
  • Toulouse: 804 vacation rentals
  • Uzès: 1,204 vacation rentals
  • Carcassonne: 1,334 vacation rentals
  • Collioure: 2,552 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Occitanie! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Occitanie?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Occitanie:

  • Montpellier: 2,805 rentals
  • Toulouse: 804 rentals
  • Uzès: 1,204 rentals
  • Carcassonne: 1,334 rentals
  • Collioure: 2,552 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Occitanie?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Occitanie are:

  • Ales (XAS): 2,156 vacation rentals
  • Toulouse (XYT-Montaudran): 872 vacation rentals
  • Le Sequestre Airport (LBI): 543 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Occitanie?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Occitanie. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Montpellier (XPJ-Montpellier SNCF Train Station): 5,163 rentals
  • Cevennes National Park: 2,617 rentals
  • Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes: 1,641 rentals
  • Pont d'Espagne: 1,506 rentals
  • Tower of Monaco: 257 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Occitanie listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Occitanie

Montpellier
2,805 vacation rentals
Toulouse
804 vacation rentals
Uzès
1,204 vacation rentals
Carcassonne
1,334 vacation rentals
Collioure
2,552 vacation rentals
Perpignan
3,414 vacation rentals
Nîmes
1,827 vacation rentals
Lourdes
348 vacation rentals
Sète
2,869 vacation rentals
Narbonne
2,251 vacation rentals
Laguépie
269 vacation rentals
Pézenas
1,245 vacation rentals
Agde
3,022 vacation rentals
Béziers
2,667 vacation rentals
Cahors
315 vacation rentals
Albi
287 vacation rentals
Argelès-sur-Mer
3,460 vacation rentals
Bretagne-d'Armagnac
213 vacation rentals
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3,119 vacation rentals
Saint-Maximin
1,075 vacation rentals