on the map to select an area
the south of France
into coherent tourist areas is not an easy task, since the official
regions do not always match either the boundaries of historic provinces
nor areas that logically go together. For instance, while most of the
Languedoc region is made up of Mediterranean coastal plain and its
direct hinterland, the Lozère department (48) is a high
much of it over 1000 metres, and very different from the rest of the
Gitelink has chosen to divide the south of
into areas that are more logically coherent units in terms of climate
The darkened areas on the map are the true "Midi", the Mediterranean
and Pyrenean departments of France, and the Provence Alps. The
departments lying to the west - Landes (40) and Tarn et Garonne (47)
and northwest - Dordogne (24) - are more commonly
considered to be "southwest France"; those lying in the centre of the
paled area of the map are the hill and mountain departments forming the
southern Fringe of the Massif Central - the Lot (46) and Aveyron (12)
west, the Lozère (48) and Ardèche (07) in the
Most of the map above is clickable.
► A very
brief guide to the different areas of southern France.
- Area 6
a : The
Pyrenees and Midi Toulousain,
the area around Toulouse, including a good part of historic Gascony.
High mountains along the Pyrenean chain, mostly gently undulating
farmland across the rest of this area. Bigger than Belgium, this region
is mostly rural, and offers a good choice of environments. Gite or
in this area are about average.
- Area 6
b : Languedoc -
: The western part of France's Mediterranean coastal strip. A
relatively narrow low-lying coastal strip, backed by a very dry
hinternland, including the eastern end of the Pyrenees, the Montagne
Noire and the lower end of the Cevennes. There is a considerable range
of gites, villas and b&b accommodation in this area, and
- Area 6
c : Provence and on the
plus their hinterland, an area which includes the dry southern Alps.
coast, this is France's most popular tourist region; inland it is also
popular, though not on the same scale. Gite and villa rental prices for
tend to be above average, and there are plenty of high quality coastal
villas, or gites in traditional rural environments.
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the directory covers the departments of the south of France, from the
Atlantic Pyrenees in the west, to the Provence Alps and Riviera in the
times for this region:
Calais or Lille: 7 to 12 hours under normal driving
conditions, depending on destination.
airports in the south of France:
Toulouse, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Béziers, Pau
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