Host Region: Occ­i­tanie (France)

Anse de la Baleta, Collioure © Saada Romain / Ferrer Fabien / Region Occitanie
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Anse de la Bale­ta, Col­lioure © Saa­da Romain / Fer­rer Fabi­en / Region Occitanie

Occitanie / South of France: Land of inspiration and travel

The Occitanie region is the most attractive territory in France. It is the second largest metropolitan area. From the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea, it offers an unparalleled diversity of landscapes.

Occitanie attracts more than 50,000 new inhabitants each year. With the highest population growth in France, it currently has 5.9 million residents.

First region in France for business creation, our region is a welcoming and attractive territory. Its GDP ranks 4th among French regions (7.3% of national GDP). 1st French region for the research efforts, it excels in terms of higher education with 35 large schools and universities in Toulouse, Montpellier and throughout the territory, hosting nearly 245,000 students.


No need to travel around the world to discover precious wonders, the region has a rich history and an exceptional heritage, with nine World Heritage UNESCO sites, nearly 4,500 historical monuments, 2 National Parks, 1 Marine Natural Park, 41 Grands Sites Occitanie (Top Occitania Sites) and 8 Regional Natural Parks. It has 220 km of Mediterranean coastline and 40,000 hectares of ponds and lagoons.

If you love nature, the beach, old stones or beautiful cities, if you love food and are curious, then welcome to Occitanie! As vast as a country, our region has treasures, tastes and exceptional products, the charm of authenticity. Here, the sea and the mountains, the villages and the castles, the vineyards and the sun are waiting for you, as well as the gentle way of life and the hospitality of the inhabitants of Occitanie.