Occitania / South of France: A region made for walking


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Randonnée cathare Peyrepertuse
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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 4 January 2023, updated on 16 April 2024

In the Pyrenees, along the St James's Way pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, around the Cathar castles or in the Cevennes with donkeys on the Stevenson’s path, not a single part of Occitania / South of France is free of footpaths.

The dense network of trails here is every walker's and hiker's dream: a total of 30,000 km of waymarked footpaths that make this region an attractive proposition where people come to feel at one with nature.

Various suggestions of itineraries

Trails of legends

In the GR®10 that runs along the entire length of the Pyrenees, the Tour of the Larzac where the Knights Templar and Hospitaller once held sway, and the Chemin des Bonshommes that explores Cathar Country, you have three of the best long-distance walking routes in Southwestern France. These walks sum up the identity of Occitania / South of France, giving you a real experience of the beautiful scenery and powerful sense of history to be found here.

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Walks around the Great Tourist Sites

A walk from Gavarnie, a walk around Rocamadour or Millau Viaduct: our suggested walks give you the opportunity to see the Great Tourist Sites from a different angle. On these walks you'll get to different viewpoints and see exclusive panoramas of these outstanding attractions. You'll discover the countryside, villages, vineyards, châteaux and local heritage and all the wealth of interest around and about our Great Tourist Sites that will make you want to come back for more or stay for longer.

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St James Way to Santiago de Compostela

Wide-open spaces, silence, light, serenity: in Occitania / South of France you'll find the authenticity, atmosphere and splendour of the pilgrim's journey to Santiago de Compostela. Our region is traversed by long stretches of France's main St James's Way pilgrimage routes, paths alive with centuries of history that you can discover and share, an unforgettable experience in which the journey counts more than the destination.

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Gavarnie tour of cirques with donkeys

From village to village, wonderful encounters and surprises: pretty woods, small mills, cheese cellars, shepherds doing their milking ... ! The presence of a donkey makes the trip accessible and fun for children, a beautiful hike in the low mountains with the high mountains as a backdrop.

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