Holidays in Languedoc & Roussillon

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Languedoc & Roussillon Overview

Visiting Languedoc & Roussillon

Traditional southern France meets quirky Catalonia – it’s like two holidays in one.  A diverse region with deep gorges cut into the mountains, lakes and marshland that are a haven for birds from all over the world including thousands of pink flamingos, and miles of regimented vineyards bounded by a coast of warm sandy beaches or windy headlands ideal for sports enthusiasts.

Drive inland to explore the ancient walled city of Carcassonne or the beautiful old quarter of Béziers, or spread your wings a little and head into the Pyrénées and Spanish Catalonia.

Feel Languedoc & Roussillon

While away an afternoon in a sleepy town square with a full stomach and the sun on your face, breathe in the pure mountain air, crane your neck watching a flock of flamingos return to their marshland home or the fireworks lighting up the night sky, splash through the warm shallows or dive down into the silent marine world below, sniff the air for the aroma of herbs and lavender, savour a local wine and relax.

Explore Languedoc & Roussillon

Sleepy old towns and villages basking in the sun, chic modern seaside resorts for shopping and nightlife, miles of sandy beaches for maximum relaxation, rugged coastline with wild waves for windsurfing, mountains and gorges for hiking and exploring, and the remote Camargue with its horses and flamingos to blow away the cobwebs.

Places to visit - Sightseeing

Camping in Languedoc and Rousillon puts you at the heart of some great wine country, as well as some of France’s most fascinating cities, where centuries of Spanish influence can be clearly seen:

Carcassonne
This wonderful city is crowned by a vast and beautiful citadel, a town within a town, where you can stroll the ramparts, walk the ancient cobbles and even take dinner at restaurants within the walls. A definite must-see when you are in the region.

Béziers
With the magnificent medieval Cathedral St Nazaire looking down from on high, Béziers is a striking town in the heart of Cathar country with a rich and often bloody history. The cathedral is a must-see though, as is the 19th century Plateau of Poets.

Perpignan
The ancient capital of Rouisillon, Perpignan has a Moorish feel in places, with its brightly coloured shops and vibrant, aromatic Arab Quarter. It also offers a host a fine buildings, including the magnificent Palais de Rois de Majorque.

Cirque de Navacelles
A little way off the beaten track, the Cirque is a circular basin that was once an oxbow lake, deep within the Gorges de la Vis. It’s hugely dramatic, and a pleasant contrast to the pretty hamlet and peaceful river Vis you can also enjoy here.

Pézenas
This pretty town is known as the Versailles of Languedoc, and offers a host of wonderful 12th and 14th century buildings such as the Hotel des Barons de Lacoste, with its magnificent, vaulted ceilings. There are also many fine antique shops here.

Grotte de Demoiselles
Situated in the Parc Regional de Haut Languedoc, this Cave of the Maidens allows you to marvel at stalagmites resembling young girls dancing, as you travel through the grotto on a charming little underground funicular train.

Montpellier
If you’re looking for excitement, you will surely find it here. Montpellier is a lively university town with plenty going on, yet with history all around you too; notably the grand towers that are all that remain of the city’s 12th century fortifications.

Pont du Gard
It may have stood here for 2,000 years, but this huge aqueduct still has the power to surprise with its sheer scale. Standing 48m high, it once conveyed millions of gallons of water to Nimes every day, and really has to be seen to be believed.

Abbaye de Valmagne
This beautifully-preserved former monastery is located near to Pézenas in a town called Villeveyrac. Open for most of the year, come and take a look and marvel at the stunning gardens, sample some wine from the vineyard and enjoy an organic meal at the restaurant.

Great for younger kids

La Mini-Ferme Zoo
Situated in Cessenon sur Orb near Béziers, this ‘paradise for little farmers’ enables children to touch and feed a wide variety of farm animals including ponies, cows, donkeys, goats and sheep. A must-do for the little ones.

Canet Plage Aquarium
Situated right on the stunning port at Canet Plage, the Aquarium features exotic fish from five continents displayed in 54 tanks, showing young visitors the riches of the Mediterranean, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Red Sea.

Great for older kids

Argeles Adventure
Located in Argeles-sur-Mer, this treetop adventure park offers a wealth of high wire thrills amongst the treetops. With zip wires, tarzan jumps, swings and bridges, visitors should allow at least three hours for their visit.

Aqualand
While this exciting waterpark at St Cyprien has plenty for smaller children to enjoy, it offers older children and teens the chance to enjoy some truly thrilling waterslides, including the white-knuckle Black Hole and the high speed Twister.

Places to visit - Activities & events

Watersports
It goes without saying that with so many fine beaches here, you’ll find watersports aplenty in the Med resorts. But this is also a land of rivers, where you can hire canoes and even canal boats at numerous locations.

Wine Tasting
Languedoc is the world’s largest wine-producing region and has literally hundreds of wineyards where you can stop to enjoy a dégustation and buy some of the wonderful wines such as Corbieres, Fitou, Minervois and of course, Cotes du Rousillon.

Cycling
The Languedoc is a delight for cyclists, whether you enjoy on- or off-road best. Our pick is the Canal du Midi trail, which runs for 240km alongside the canal from Toulouse to the coast. Wherever you join the trail, you’ll find it to be a delight.

Fishing
The Languedoc Rousillon region is literally covered with rivers, fresh water and salt water lakes (or etangs as they are known), hosting everything from trout to eels. Daily and weekly fishing licences are also available from most tabacs close to the water.

Unmissable events in Languedoc and Rousillon

Festival de Carcassonne - Mid-June to mid-August
Taking place mainly within the medieval Cité itself, this annual festival features an eclectic mix of events, ranging from opera and dance to theatre and rock concerts.

Les Nuits de Jardins, Nimes
Held in the lovely Fontaine Gardens, this series of open air concerts encompasses everything from jazz and classical music to ballets, string recitals and operettas.

Les Estivales, Perpignan
This popular festival originally highlighted only the dance, theatre and music of the Mediterranean: but it has now become truly international, with artists from around the world making appearances here throughout July.

Sea Festival, Cap d’Agde
For two days at the end of July, the people of Cap d’Agde honour those lost at sea with this very traditional festival which features music, competitions, sea jousting and a very moving Mass held upon the water.

Places to visit - Eating out

The cuisine here is more filling than fancy, if you can say such a thing in France, but the local specialities are all very much worth trying:

  • Cassoulet – A hearty dish consisting of haricot beans, sausage and duck, especially associated with the Carcassonne area.
  • Confit de Canard – A sort of paté, with pieces of duck that have been flavoured and preserved in their own fat. Much more delicious than it sounds.
  • Bourride – you will find this rich, garlicky fish stew across the region, but it is actually native to the coastal town of Sète.
  • Wine – There are too many fine wines here to name them all, but from Costieres de Nimes in the North to Banyuls in the South, every one of them is worth tasting.

Campsites in region

Argeles-sur-Mer La Sirene kids pool
La Sirène | Argelès-sur-Mer

Argelès-sur-Mer is a smashing seaside town, with enough cafés, bars and restaurants to keep you happy for a week or two, and a selection of water sports on the beach.

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Argeles-sur-Mer Le Soleil pool slides view
Le Soleil | Argelès-sur-Mer

How do you fancy pitching up on the only parc in Argelès-sur-Mer with direct beach access? And that’s not all that makes Le Soleil a great choice for a family holiday.

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Le Bois de Valmarie pool
Bois de Valmarie | Argelès-sur-Mer

Bois de Valmarie is a lovely, small parc set on a hillside with a fabulous split-level pool complex offering views over the nearby beach of Le Racou, and just a short walk from Argelès Plage.

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Hippocampe swimming pool
Hippocampe | Argelès-sur-Mer

With a long, sandy beach just a mile away and a superb selection of activities available nearby, Hippocampe is a lively parc with a real beach holiday atmosphere.

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Cala Gogo beach
Cala Gogo | St Cyprien

Cala Gogo is a lively, spacious parc with a beautiful pool complex and situated in a superb location close to the foothills of the Pyrénées.

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Canet-Plage Le Brasilia pool
Le Brasilia | Canet Plage

It’s all about the water sports at Canet Plage - a bustling, modern resort just 3 km from your parc. Unless, of course, you’re all about the seafood restaurants - and it could easily be all about them, too!

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Camping Club Mar Estang pool
Camping Club Mar Estang | Canet Plage

With a fantastic pool complex and great access to the restaurants, cafés, activities and sandy beach at Canet Plage, Camping Club Mar Estang is a fun, family parc.

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Torreilles Plages Les Tropiques restaurant
Les Tropiques | Torreilles Plages

You’re just 400 metres from a golden, sandy beach at Les Tropiques, but we’ll be honest - the chances of you spending much time there, when you’ve got five pools on parc, are slim!

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Portiragnes Plage Les Sablons pool
Les Sablons | Portiragnes Plage

How do you fancy cycling along the tree-lined Canal du Midi or walking straight from your parc onto Portiragnes Plage, a smashing local beach? Stay at Les Sablons and you might just find that the possibilities for active fun are endless.

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Serignan Plage Serignan Plage pool view
Le Sérignan Plage | Sérignan Plage

Béziers is a town with history around every corner. Wander the ramparts rising over the river, explore the winding streets in its old town and seek sanctuary in its 14th century cathedral. The town’s just 15 km from your seafront parc, Sérignan Plage - with direct access to a wonderful beach.

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Serignan Plage Aloha Village pool slide view
Aloha Village | Sérignan Plage

Ready to lose yourself in a tropical, Tiki paradise, right on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea? It’s a curious thought - but entirely possible at this unique, Hawaiian-themed parc.

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Vias Club Farret pools
Club Farret | Vias Plage

How do you fancy leaving the car at home and flying into the heart of France’s wine-growing region? Club Farret is a perfectly placed parc, just 10 minutes from Béziers airport. It offers everything you could need for a sun and sand holiday, with plenty of great facilities to enjoy.

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Domaine de la Yole pool complex
Domaine de la Yole | Valras Plage

With good access to a fabulous sandy beach and a fantastic waterpark complete with waterslides, Domaine de la Yole is guaranteed to give the whole family a fun and lively holiday.

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Sommieres Domaine de Massereau waterslides
Domaine de Massereau | Sommieres

Tours and tastings in your parc’s own vineyard? Now you’re talking! The unique attractions of Domaine de Massereau really do include the chance to sample the produce of this family-run parc, nestled on a working wine estate.

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Argeles Camping La Chapelle pool and slides
La Chapelle | Argeles Plage

Leave the car at home and enjoy a holiday where everything is within easy walking distance - that’s the promise of a holiday at La Chapelle.

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Collioure Criques de Porteils tent sea view
Criques de Porteils | Collioure

With amazing views of mountains and the sea, make sure you don’t forget your binoculars when you head to the fabulously situated Criques de Porteils.

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Marseillan Plage Le Beach Garden pool view
Le Beach Garden | Marseillan Plage

Get close to nature - literally - at this recently developed parc, just metres from a peaceful nature reserve!

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Argeles Camping Les Pins pools
Camping Les Pins | Argelès-sur-Mer

You’ll find Les Pins in the heart of Argelès Plage, a resort with a super beach and enough shops, bars and traditional markets to barter your way around from sunrise to down.

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Apartments in region

Le Rouret Pool
Le Rouret | Grospierres

Stop the clocks, and jump off the treadmill in the spellbinding Ardèche region. Between Provence and the maze of deep valleys and soaring mountains that make up the Cévennes lies this wonderfully situated holiday resort, within 80 hectares of landscaped grounds overlooking the peaks of southern France.

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Les Rivages de Rochelongue Apartments
Les Rivages de Rochelongue | Nr. Cap d’Agde

Explore one of France’s oldest towns, Cap d’Agde, and you’ll find yourself drawn towards the resort’s 14km of beautiful fine sandy beaches, hunkered beneath its rocky cliffs (where the more acrobatic of visitors launch themselves into the turquoise waters below).

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Location reviews

Languedoc & Roussillon reviews collected by Reevoo

Overall rating
8.5
Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 775 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
8 out of 10

John

Lincoln
Unspoiled and less traffic than around Nice
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2013
8 out of 10

G

Blaydon-0n-Tyne
Plenty of interesting places to visit and near enough to the coast to go to a beach.
Confirmed stay: 29 September 2013
8 out of 10

Gary

Ballinger
Lovely area, so much to see and some wonderful places to visit. Amongst the must see's is Carcassonne, a real treasure, much more than a day out. Also consider, Perpignan nad the beaches and coves on Pyrenees Orientals. Especially Argeles sur Mer and Banyuls sur Mer. If you have time, visit the Pyrenees themselves.
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2013
8 out of 10

David

Wokingham
Have visited before which I why we came back
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2013
8 out of 10

Brian

Ipswich
Unspoilt area with plenty of historic places to visit as well as enjoying the fine sandy beaches .
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2013
9 out of 10

Martin

Northwich
The area is quite flat which makes hiring bikes and going off exploring a joy. I would thoroughly recommend that to anyone. We went towards the end of the season and some places were vacant and in places it felt desolate. I didn't appreciate the amount of vineyards there were but loved it. We packed a lot in to our 2 week stay but there is still a lot we could have done. I'd be happy to come back for more.
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2013
7 out of 10

Graham

Stafford
We have visited this region several times over the past 35 years and love the variation it provides, from beach resorts to inland towns and villages to the wonderful Pyrenees. Colliuore is a particular favourite of ours
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2013
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