Endless vineyards surrounded by rolling countryside and idyllic sandy beaches help to make Languedoc-Roussillon one of the most attractive destinations in France.
Within reach of many holiday cottages in Languedoc-Roussillon there is a variety of natural and man-made attractions which appeal to all ages and tastes, making the region an ideal holiday destination for families, couples and groups of friends alike.
Holiday Cottages in Languedoc-Roussillon benefit from a mild and inviting Mediterranean climate throughout the year, due to their location in the south of France. In summer the average temperature is often around 30°C.
There is plenty of sunshine throughout the year with the capital city of Montpellier claiming more than 300 sunny days per year. Rain is rare in summer with an increased chance for the rest of the year, making it the perfect destination for holiday cottages. Languedoc-Roussillon also offers excellent skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding on the slopes of the Pyrenees and the Cevennes mountains in winter.
Throughout the region the diversity of the landscape creates a breathtaking backdrop for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. During a stay in a holiday cottage in Languedoc-Roussillon, there are over 4,400 miles of footpaths, trails and bridleways through dramatic mountains, plateaux and woodlands to explore.
The region also benefits from 150 miles of coastline offering a variety of sandy beaches to relax on. Espiguette beach is not to be missed due to its wild beauty, length and background of never-ending sand dunes. One of the most famous walks in this region is The Via Domitia, a Roman route which runs from one side of the region to the other, making it accessible from many holiday cottages in Languedoc-Roussillon.
The road was built in 118 BC, making it the oldest Roman road in Gaul. The route takes you through the town of Narbonne, Ambrussum, Pinet, Loupian and Les Cluses to Panissars, all of these towns have many Roman ruins to admire. For another fascinating route follow the Canal du Midi which begins its journey to Toulouse and the Atlantic coast in Sète.
In the eastern Herault of Languedoc-Roussillon, holiday cottages are situated in the lively capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier, which is located on the western edge of the Camargue regional park, whose coastal lagoons shelter a rich birdlife. The sandy soils here produce a refreshing rose wine and grazing the flats between tidal creeks are small, black bulls and white horses, used for herding stock. Rice is grown in paddy fields and salt commercially produced.
Languedoc-Roussillon’s wine growing area is the largest in the world and is renowned for its quality and diversity. The vast selection of wines produced includes red and rosé varieties such as Blanquette and the Crémant de Limoux. There is also a great selection of sweet white wine to sample including Muscat de Frontignan and Lunel. Wine tours are available throughout Languedoc-Roussillon, offering you the opportunity to explore vineyards and learn more about the process of producing wine in this historic region.
There are also many local dishes to try whilst staying at a holiday cottage in Languedoc-Roussillon. Specialities include savoury delights such as the Castelnaudary’s renowned cassoulet and the Nimes brandade (desalted cod with whipped olive oil and milk). Sweets of the region include Rousquilles du Vallespir and Croquants.
More information on the cultural, natural and historical highlights of a specific area of Languedoc-Roussillon can often be found in the local tourist office.