A rather distinctive Mediterranean charm is what defines part of the character of this beautiful region in France, the Languedoc-Roussillon. The cities here portray a unique culture, and the ancient Roman ruins show the region's importance throughout the years. Some of the must see places are the fortified town of Carcassone, the cities of Montpellier, Perpignan. Here's the layout for it all:
Carcassone would be an ideal example of where to start your holiday in Languedoc-Roussillon. This medieval fortified city is amazing, with its cobble stone streets and historic landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Nazaire. In Nimes you will find narrow streets and Roman remains, and not far from this town there is the Le Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortified coastal town of Aigues Mortes is also worth a visit from a holiday home in Languedoc-Roussillon, while Montpellier, the regional capital, with its Musee Fabre, is simply amazing. Don't miss the Cathar country, a collection of great medieval castles set on rocky crags, out of which the Quéribus and Puylaurens are really impressive.
The culture in Languedoc-Roussillon is quite unique, and it is represented in many facets. One of the things you must do is sail de Canal du Midi, the oldest commercial canal in the world. See the Museum of Modern Art in Ceret, with famous works by famous painters; visit the villages of Collioure and Banyuls where the Pyrenees meet the sea. From near Perpignan you can take a train up to the Pyrenees actually, Le Train Jaune. The special festival called Les Troubadours is a great way to get to know the local culture too. Cap d'Agde and Port-Camargue are two resorts by the sea with sandy beaches that are very much appreciated and less crowded. Allow this area to show you its way of having a good time!
The region of Languedoc-Roussillon is very diverse, it has a most beautiful nature, from the coastal areas to the Pyrenees Mountains. Thus a holiday in Languedoc-Roussillon will be an experience that you will not soon forget. The coastal areas host some beautiful sandy beaches, as well as quaint villages such as Bouzigues, Mèze, Bages, Gruissan, etc. On the other hand, you also have the Les Cévennes, beautiful mountains with impressive caves; the Gorges du Tarn are pretty famous as well, offering beautiful landscapes. The Le Canigou is a high peak in the Pyrenees and from the Saint Martin-du-Canigou village you get an astounding view of it. Definitely worth seeing.
Enjoy a wellness holiday in Languedoc-Rousillon, that means enjoy massages and pampering, beauty treatments and Turkish baths, saunas, and all sorts of pools and jacuzzis. Places such as the Hippocrates or the Spa de Beaulieu in Montpellier, the Station Thermale La Chaldette in Brion, etc. offer top facilities for their visitors. Amélie les Bains is a wonderful spa town in this region.
The region of Languedoc-Roussillon is often considered to be “the real South of France”, meaning it has most of the features of the South of France, yet with less... “bling”. In matters of activities and sports, one can of course enjoy the many water sports by the sea, and also some really great hiking, cycling, mountain biking in the Pyrenees on the other hand. Don't forget the Aude ski area either, there are like 200 km of slopes here. Explore the Tarn gorges by kayak, go cycling along the Canal du Midi, explore the Cevennes foothills on a steam train or why not... on the back of a donkey. Maybe less "bling" but definitely plenty of fun.
A family holiday in Languedoc-Roussillon offers you more than plenty of things to do: canoeing at Pont du Diable, a lot of fun for both adults and children; tree climbing for the little ones at Accrobranche; don't miss out on the Montpellier Zoo, or the Arican Safari Park in Sigean, or... both; if you love dinosaurs, at Cap d'Agde is where you have to go, to the Meze Dinosaur Museum, the largest of this sort in Europe; go cycling along the Canal du Midi, go for a walk at the Pont du Gard. If you travel with small children the La Grande Bleu in La Grande Motte is a perfect indoor and outdoor swimming pool and water fun complex you can go to from a holiday park in Languedoc-Roussillon, or, if you're more bold, try the Aqualand and the fabulous rides here.
The cuisine of Languedoc-Roussillon has Catalan influences, and it suits every palate. The Creme Catalane is a wonderful local dessert, and the famous cassoulet in its many “forms” here is a must try as well. The seafood takes up an important place in the local gastronomy of Languedoc-Roussillon, you can enjoy mussels here, as well as sea bream, squid. etc., flavored with local produce such as tomatoes, garlic, olive oil. Gardiane, a beef stew with red wine that is served with rice usually, is very delicious too. In the area around Cévennes the lamb, the game, the sausages, the goat cheese are very popular. The entire region is known to be a great wine producer.
A holiday with a pet in Languedoc-Roussillon can be very much diverse and entertaining. From long walks on the beach to hiking in the Pyrenees, from sightseeing in beautiful cities to relaxing with your family, you can have it all here. Dog friendly beaches in this region would be the La Grande Motte in the Herault department, and the one in Balaruc les Bains here. Resorts such as Leucate, Narbonne, Gruissan also allow dogs on some beaches and Saint Cyprien has five dog-friendly beaches in fact. Options are numerous, fun is never underrated here.Points of interest, a “must see” list in Languedoc-Roussillon:
There are many things that can have you decide upon a holiday in Languedoc-Roussillon, France. The experience in itself will be different for everyone, yet one thing that is always the same is the fun time, the relaxing time, the unforgettable time that everyone has here.
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