The cuisine in France's Languedoc-Roussillon region is based on a Mediterranean diet, which favours fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of olive oil, little red meat, and fresh cheese and yoghurt. Here, eating is part of the lifestyle that combines conviviality with the pleasure of gathering around a meal. Discover the regional flavours accompanied by local wines (Languedoc has the largest vineyard area in the world). Among the specialities you will find 'Aligot'; a purée of potatoes with tome fraîche (a type of French cheese) and garlic. Today it is a dish eaten during celebrations, just like the Cassoulet de Castelnaudary. Fish lovers, do not miss out on trying the famous 'Brandade de Nîmes', made using desalted cod. By the sea you can also find 'Tielle Sétoise', a speciality from the commune of Sète consisting of a pie stuffed with calamari and octopus, as well as an abundance of oysters and mussels. This is just a small taste of what you can enjoy in this welcoming region bathing in sunlight.
Stone is an omnipresent element in the Languedoc-Roussillon region's natural and urban landscapes. Both today and in the past, man has made use of this material to build towering religious buildings like Mende Cathedral and St. Peter's Cathedral in Montpellier, but also to construct fortified castles and ramparts as protection during periods of unrest.
Today, these military buildings, Cathar castles and the fortified city of Carcassonne are still remarkable both for their design and for their beauty comparable to natural wonders like the Aven Armand cave.
Covering the domains of fauna and flora, sport, and culture, there is no lack of activities in the Languedoc-Roussillon region to give your legs, brain and eyes a workout.
When it comes to nature, the region's forestland is an excellent place to change your perspective on things...quite literally! Visitors can take part in the sporting activity 'L'Arbre à Balades" (similar to the UK's Go Ape) whereby visitors safely climb to the top of and through the trees. If you're looking for activities that combine the outdoors, contemplation and patience, fishing, hiking and bird and wolf watching are all possible in the region.
For something a little more cultural and artistic, the Utopix site looks like an artist's dream brought to life, while Chalabre Castle is an excellent opportunity to dive into the medieval world. If you fancy some diving in the literal sense of the word, Aqualand Port Leucate is great for both adults and children.
A region of contrasts, it is possible to practice just about every single activity imaginable here. With a fantastic natural relief stretching from the sea to the mountains, you will enjoy various activities in the middle of breathtaking landscapes. Between the mountains, caves, beaches and dunes, you'll be able to pick the landscape that suits you best! Some of the most popular sports include: skiing, hiking, rock climbing, speleology, golf, canoeing and other water sports. Be it in Lozère, in the Cévennes or on the Canal du Midi, you will leave with some wonderful memories of an unforgettable holiday in the south of France.
Given that the Languedoc-Roussillon region is full of local specialities, it would be a shame to leave without buying some to fill your suitcase. To do so, there's nothing better than visiting the producers directly to discover their know-how, their production secrets and their desire to share their passion with others. Whether it be honey produced by Elie Barthélémy, oil and other products from the Moulin à Huile de la Chartreuse, local wine from the Vignerons de Laudun winemakers, lace and embroidered art from Lauranne de France, or the famous 'Toiles du Soileil' from the Maison Quinta, every product you take home will remind you of this sun-drenched region.