While there are many spectacular beaches to enjoy in the area, there is also much to draw you inland. Beyond the perfect sands and elegant ports, there is a beautiful region waiting to be discovered. Nature lovers will find the raw, unspoiled beauty of the Camargue with its wild horses and black bulls to be a unmissable experience. Ancient towns such as Montpellier and Perpignan are always a popular attraction, and if you can spare the time, the walled city of Carcassonne is simply a gem.
Languedoc is a region that typifies the whole of France, France in mini if you like. It has a very mild climate which explains why the area is such a popular holiday destination. The local people really enjoy the good things in life so the area is steeped in hearty food, fantastic beaches and pretty places to visit. You are perfectly located to take advantage of the Pyrenees and the Spanish hot spot that is Barcelona is within easy reach.
The area, in south-west France sits between Provence in the east and gently curves down the Mediterranean coast to the border with Spain and Andorra in the south. The modern region was formed when two historic provinces and takes its name (Languedoc Roussillon to give it its proper name) from langue d’oc which is a language linked with the Catalonia, and Roussillon in the far south which was once known as the French Cataonia although today the term is only referred to the Spanish area.
Flowing through the region is the really pretty Canal Du Midi. The tranquil canal with its archetypal banks with its plane trees flows across the region’s middle with the famous, historic city of Carcassone at its centre. South of the canal you encounter rolling hills that become less and less gentle the further south you go as you approach the Pyrenees Mountains.
The Mediterranean coast features river deltas and coastal plains and has Some really stunning beaches with pretty costal ports such as Collioure in Roussillon and fishing villages such as Sete and Palavas. The coastline of Lower-Languedoc is cut off from the hinterland by marshy étangs (lagoons), which have prevented the same sort of furious development that has blighted the Cote d’Azur and the Spanish Costas.
Languedoc is a place of huge contrasts. Lively, modern cities and pretty medieval towns with Barcelona in reach for an easy day trip on the other side of the mountains and there is good, motorway and rail access with the TGV, to Paris. It’s good to see the region blooming after what has been a period of decline, as tourists flood into the area.