Stretching from the Pyrenees to Provence, this sunbaked, sultry region seems more like a country to any visitor. It is known for its rich history and varied geographical diversity. Today, it is known for its lush vineyards which are responsible for the production of one-third of the total wine produced in France. The busy beaches that sprawl along the Mediterranean shore hints of its distinct landscape. The captivating cities, the wild countryside, dense forests and historic remains transport you to another world while you are in Languedoc-Roussillon.
Languedoc-Roussillon exudes a shabby chic charm. Its exciting geography is its greatest asset. Flamingo-filled lagoons, the endless beaches, islands, parasol vines, highlands, oak forests, majestic mountain ranges and a lot more take you on an adventurous ride. Languedoc-Roussillon offers a feel of an independent nation.
The impregnable citadel, the glorious castles, witch-hatted towers of the 19th century attracts millions of visitors to Languedoc-Roussillon. For immersing oneself totally into the Middle Ages, take a tour of the ramparts! There is so much to explore in the region whether you are looking for a laid-back experience or want to witness the busy life of the urban cities.
No matter what you want to explore, do not miss exploring the fairy-tale castles in Carcassonne. The seaside resorts, the sandy beaches, the unique cultural heritage is something that makes the region quite unique. Carcassonne is another region which is known for scenic places. The turreted towers create a stunning impression in the quaint locale. The medieval fort offers a fascinating experience and is surrounded by thick protective walls. The cobblestone streets will transport you to the medieval period.
Do not miss exploring Montpellier which is known for its elegant buildings and grand public squares. This lively center of culture boasts of exquisite art galleries and wealth of museums. The narrow medieval streets and the rustic mansions will certainly steal your heart away while in Montpellier. If you want to explore the charming red-tile roofed buildings and shady squares, then Perpignan is the place to be. This town is famous for its Spanish influence and features various museums and castles. This place houses classic examples of medieval architecture that reached its peak during 1276.
For exploring ancient buildings, then you can explore Nimes. It features Roman architectural buildings such as the amphitheater, art pieces and a lot more. Do plan everything appropriately before visiting the place as there is so much to explore and experience.
French holidaymakers visited Languedoc-Roussillon during the 1960s as it was termed the Florida of France. The beaches are dotted with luxury resorts. You can find one of the biggest naturist resorts of Europe in Languedoc-Roussillon which lies near the old town of Agde. Roussillon did not suffer much during the Wards of Religion as it was a part of Catalonia until 1659. This place is known for its gorgeous medieval churches. Modern art has found a place in the museums of the region.
The Mediterranean Pyrenees can be explored during summers as well as winters. These offer perfect spots for rock climbing, caving, kayaking, and trekking. If you just want to drift along then try the Canal du Midi which links Toulouse to the Mediterranean.
As Languedoc-Roussillon is the biggest wine region in the world, it would be a sin not to indulge in wine tourism. The rugged hills, sunny climate, and rocky soil provide the perfect conditions for vineyards. Languedoc-Roussillon is home to a range of naturally sweet wines such as Rivesaltes and Banyuls.
The markets of Languedoc-Roussillon overflow with local produces. Seafood, olives, anchovies, oysters, truffles, fresh fruits, goat cheeses and a lot more are immensely popular products offered by Languedoc-Roussillon. The region was earlier not known for its restaurants. However, a generation of savvy chefs worked incredibly hard for changing the image.
Ambassade offers some delicious delights which are popular in the region. There are plenty other restaurants that you can explore in the region for experiencing an unparalleled taste of the scrumptious delights of Languedoc-Roussillon.
When To Go?
The beaches are packed during July and August. Languedoc-Roussillon offers an array of ferias and festival. From April to September, you can experience cooler temperatures in the region and the prices are cheaper. The place is barely crowded from April to June.
Five regional airports serve Languedoc-Roussillon: Béziers, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Nimes. There are direct flights from Manchester and Southampton to the major destinations of Languedoc-Roussillon. Rail access is available from Paris and other major stations. From July to September, direct trains are available with easy connections to Languedoc-Roussillon. The region is well connected to major cities by road.
Rail network serves to penetrate deep into the region. There are dozens of bus routes available which help in easy exploration. You can rent a car for exploring the seas, mountains and the historic places with many conveniences. Car rental options are available at the airports.