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.
Languedoc & Roussillon
Languedoc and Roussillon at a Glance
...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.
They take their food seriously around here and meals can have many courses that last many hours. With an abundance of local garlic, olive oil and Provençal herbs available, it is certainly very tasty. Make sure you try everything from cassoulet, Aligot with its creamy, cheesy mash to the fresh oysters and lobster – and don’t forget to leave a space for clafoutis, a sweet eggy pudding or some plump juicy figs, apricots and cherries. Get stuck in!
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.
Fill your day wandering the ramparts and watchtowers and take in the views, float down the canal and explore the shops and restaurants or the busy Saturday market. This perfectly restored medieval fortress city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ideal sophisticated day out with plenty of tree-lined avenues and elegant pavement cafes to enjoy. There is a strong Catalan influence and there is plenty to explore including the 15th century Palais de la Députation, museums and Place de La Loge – the centre of city life.
This impressive 17th century aqueduct stretches for more than 800 metres against the dramatic backdrop of the Massif Central Mountains.
The largest UNESCO World Heritage Site on Earth. Cycle, stroll or boat along the tree-lined canal, past Roman settlements, vineyards and historic villages and adopt the French relaxed pace of life.
This huge canyon carved out by the River Vis is totally unmissable. From the top you can look down on rugged rock formations, ancient towns, waterfalls and rivers and lakes. It’s a great place for hiking and exploring.