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Discover Languedoc-Roussillon's castles and coast

With its extensive seafront, the Languedoc-Roussillon region is an ideal destination on the Mediterranean coast. Come summer, Agelès, Colioure, Sète and Cap d'Agde are not lacking in tourists and it is often difficult to find your own little spot in the sun.
  • Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    © Pascal ANTOINE
  • Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination France
Languedoc-Roussillon: the key figures

Surface area : 27376.0 km2

Population : 2590000 inhabitants

Languedoc-Roussillon: what to visit?

Enogastronomy

  • Aligot , 'Aligot', a typical Aubrac dish , France
    Aligot
  • 'Tomme de Lozère' cheese , 'Tomme de Lozère' , France
    'Tomme de Lozère' cheese
  • Free-range lamb , Cooking lamb , France
    Free-range lamb
  • Cod Brandade , Brandade de Morue , France
    Cod Brandade
  • Wine , Languedoc: the biggest vineyard in the world , France
    Wine
  • Blanquette de Limoux , France
    Blanquette de Limoux
  • Nîmes AOC olive oil , The Picholine olive of Nîmes , France
    Nîmes AOC olive oil
  • Nîmes AOC olive oil , The Picholine olive of Nîmes , France

Monuments

  • Mende Cathedral , France
    Mende Cathedral
  • , Aven Armand, Monuments, Languedoc-Roussillon
    Aven Armand
  • Saint Pierre Cathedral in Montpellier , St. Peter's Cathedral, Montpellier , France
    Saint Pierre Cathedral in Montpellier
  • Cathar Castles , The Château de Puilaurens , France
    Cathar Castles
  • The fortified 'Cité de Carcassonne' , Tourism in Carcassonne , France
    The fortified 'Cité de Carcassonne'
  • Le château de Lastours , France
    Le château de Lastours
  • Le château de Peyrpertuse , France
    Le château de Peyrpertuse
  • Le château de Puilaurens , France
    Le château de Puilaurens
  • Le château de Puivert , France
    Le château de Puivert
  • Le château de Quéribus , France
    Le château de Quéribus
  • Le château de Saissac , France
    Le château de Saissac
  • Le château de Termes , France
    Le château de Termes
  • Le château de Villerouge , France
    Le château de Villerouge
  • Le château d'Aguilar , France
    Le château d'Aguilar
  • Abbaye de Lagrasse , France
    Abbaye de Lagrasse
  • Abbaye de Lagrasse , France

Activities and leisure

  • 'L'Arbre à balades' canopy climbing
  • Utopix , France
    Utopix
  • Fishing , A day of fishing , France
    Fishing
  • Hiking in Lozère
  • 'La Cité des Oiseaux et Les Loups de Carcassonne' bird and wolf park
  • Chalabre castle
  • Aqualand Port Leucate
  • 'Le Train Jaune' , The Yellow Train , France
    'Le Train Jaune' - The Yellow Train
  • 'Le Train Jaune' , The Yellow Train , France

Sports and activties

  • Speleology in the Lozère , Speleology lessons in Lozère , France
    Speleology in the Lozère
  • Rock climbing in the Lozère , Rock climbing in Lozère , France
    Rock climbing in the Lozère
  • Canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater sports , Canoe lessons in Lozère , France
    Canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater sports
  • Skiing in Lozère , Boardsports , France
    Skiing in Lozère
  • Trekking in the Aude , Hiking , France
    Trekking in the Aude
  • The Carcassonne golf course , France
    The Carcassonne golf course
  • The Carcassonne golf course , France

Shopping

  • Elie Barthélémy
  • 'Le moulin à Huile de la Chartreuse' oil mill , France
    'Le moulin à Huile de la Chartreuse' oil mill
  • 'Les Vignerons de Laudun' vineyards
  • Lauranne de France
  • Maison Quinta

Languedoc-Roussillon: travel tips

As is the case for the entire area around the Mediterranean, we recommend that anyone intending to visit this region book their accommodation well in advance if they wish to spend their holidays by the sea. The closer summer gets, the more the choices are limited and the more the prices tend to go up.
Once this is taken care of, which is already one good thing, you're not done yet. On the spot, the two most popular months of the year are often synonymous large crowds of tourists at the most popular sites. The result of this passion for the region is that you should be prepared to spend hours in traffic jams around the beaches and the main cities, where, incidentally, it is very difficult to find a parking spot.
To best take advantage of excursions in discovery of the backcountry, and to not waste time in the endless lines of cars when returning, avoid the end of the afternoon (when everyone is coming back from the beach) and opt instead for the beginning of the evening.
If you want to go to the beach, though, it is better to go in the morning or late afternoon if you'd rather not feel like a sardine in a tin (the sun is also less strong at these times).
There is no doubt as to why holidaymakers choose the coast for their vacations, but it is important not to forget that the region is also rich in impressive architectural and historical heritage. With fewer crowds than at the beaches during the day, the inland part of this region is full of unique sites to see, such as the monuments of Nîmes (including the famous arenas), the fortified town of Carcassonne, the Cathar castles, the cave of Arman Aven and the city of Montpellier. These excursions also present the opportunity to discover the region's remarkable fauna and flora (Cévennes National Park, the 'Wolves of Gévaudan' park, vultures, etc.), its rich gastronomy (aligot, tome de Lozère, wines, olive oils, etc.) and to practice plenty of sports in the great outdoors (hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, speleology, etc.).

Languedoc-Roussillon: Latest hotel reviews
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    Domaine De Verchant
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