In the Middle Ages, the south of France belonged to the Cathars. Therefore, since the 12th century, the region of Languedoc and the Midi-Pyrénées has also been called the Cathar country. The Cathars held great prestige and were influential. Consequently, this region enjoyed great prosperity with a focus on art, dance, music and mysticism. Now all that remains are beautiful castles and lovely villages that flash you back to the Middle Ages.