More About Languedoc
With temperatures at a toasty 30 degrees through the summer, you will find the retreat of your own villa in Languedoc pure paradise, especially if you have been exploring the vast and varied surroundings. Tranquil beaches, fabulous countryside and coastal lagoons are all ripe for exploring by bike, on foot or on horseback – but it is not just the summer that brings this region to life. Villas in Languedoc are also a great place to stay if you like to indulge in winter sports as there is easy access to the Pyrenees and the Cevennes mountains where you can ski and snowboard throughout the winter. Whether travelling with friends, family or as a couple, Languedoc holiday villas have plenty to offer visitors to the region.
Languedoc Villas and Cottages
Languedoc is one of France’s biggest wine producing regions where in some parts there are vineyards as far as the eye can see in every direction, heaven for pretty much anyone who is partial to a little tipple. Red, white and every shade in between, the region has it all, and there is seemly a blend to compliment almost any activity, whether you’re drifting down a river in a rowing boat or cycling along a narrow country lane. And if you can pull yourself away from the merry-go-round of vineyard tours for an afternoon or two, Languedoc has a scenic stretch of Mediterranean coastline to explore and some of France’s most important historical monuments to discover.
Things to Do in Languedoc
Arriving in Languedoc and picking up a vineyard tour brochure is like a child walking into a sweet shop! Once you’ve regained your composure it’s time to get down to some serious wine appreciation. Ease yourself in with a basic wine tasting and lunch at Vinipolis in Florensac, and then step it up a gear with a more professional tasting experience at Vinécole in Brugairolles. There are plenty of wine walks with regular wine stops along the way. For an afternoon away from the vineyards, grab your towel and sunscreen and head down to the Mediterranean for a bit of fun, sun and sand. Espiguette is the biggest, most beautiful and least developed, with miles and miles of remote white sand dunes. For equally attractive beaches with more bars and restaurants try La Franqui and Leucate. There is only one place to start to discover Languedoc’s architectural and cultural heritage ... the Cité de Carcassonne, one of France’s most popular tourist sites.
We want you to enjoy the best that Languedoc Roussillon has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Cité de Carcassonne
You just have to see it to believe it. The castle, towers, ramparts and drawbridge of Carcassonne’s upper town look like something out of a fairytale. Inside you’ll spend hours wandering around the narrow cobbled streets looking at the sights, shops and museums. Schedule your visit during July and you can see the Bastille Day ‘burning’ of the fortifications and fireworks display.
Pont du Gard
Another site that has to be seen to be believed, the ancient Roman aqueduct bridge consists of two levels of thick stone arches spanning the Gard River. The colossal structure is 50 metres high and 275 metres long. Walking across a bridge of its size that has stood for nearly 2,000 years is an unforgettable experience.
Make your own wine
A bottle of your very own blend of wine makes a great present for family and friends, or yourself, as long as it tastes good. A number of vineyards offer one-day courses on which you’ll learn how to taste and then blend wines. At the end of the day you’ll get a bottle of your concoction with your name on it to take home and show off.
Lovely Collioure is well worth a visit, this small seaside town is just 26 kms from the Spanish border and has a strong Catalan feel to it. The town has much to offer; an 800-year-old château, the waterfront church with its iconic lighthouse-bell tower. The Saint Vincent festival is held around August 15 and involves several days of celebration with music and fireworks.
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