General facts and figures
- Surface area: 72,724 km2 (making the region twice the size of Belgium for example.
- Population: 5.7 million.
- Number of départements: 13 (Ariège, Aude, Aveyron, Haute Garonne, Hautes Pyrénées, Hérault, Gard, Gers, Lot, Lozère, Pyrénées Orientales, Tarn, Tarn et Garonne).
- The two largest cities: Toulouse (725,000 inhabitants) and Montpellier (434,000 inhabitants).
The region is France's fourth in terms of tourism. It is home to :
- 4,500 Historical Monuments;
- 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites;
- 26 Great Tourist Sites (a regional designation);
- 2 National Parks, 1 Marine Nature Park, 6 Regional Nature Parks.
Key tourism economy figure
- 13 billion euros of tourism revenue;
- 181 million bed-nights per annum;
- France's leading region in terms of outdoor accommodation capacity and visitor numbers;
- France's fourth region in terms of the number of chambres d’hôtes;
- France's fourth region in terms of tourism-related jobs (87,500).