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Languedoc translated into English means ‘the language of yes’. And how can you not say yes to all the wonderful food, wine, sights and experiences this historic region in southwest France has to offer. A picturesque landscape of mountains, miles of unspoilt coastline alongside countryside peppered with vineyards and historic towns, Languedoc Roussillon is the ideal holiday destination for both fun loving families and couples wanting a romantic escape.
A holiday to Languedoc Roussillon is an ideal mix of historic towns and villages, beautiful coastline and getting outdoors in its national parks. The coastline is not overdeveloped like it is further along the eastern coast of France around glitzy St Tropez. Instead, you can find peaceful beaches such as the Cap d’Agde peacefully positioned d at the end of a 12-mile strip of land. The Blue Flag beaches at Perpigan and Gruissan are very family friendly.
Montpellier is well worth visiting. This historical city is home to both the world’s oldest university and the Fabre museum, with collections that includes work by Poussin, Delacroix and Rubens. If you get time on your holiday to Languedoc Roussillon head to the town of Beziers and make the effort to climb to the top of its 14th century Gothic cathedral and enjoy the view across the town and the river Orb.
You can’t visit the Languedoc region without spending time in medieval Carcassonne. Follow in the footsteps of French playwright Molière and head to Pézenas to see its grand houses with ornate detailing and pretty inner courtyards. There are many beautiful villages such as the Roman town of Uzès to explore or St Guilhem-le-Desert, a restored village complete with cobbled streets and an abbey, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Go hiking in the 1,000 square miles of forests, rivers, lakes and mountains of the Parc National Regional du Haut, or go horse riding through the countryside of the Camargue. At night feast on seafood in Sòte or try cassoulet in Carcassonne, all washed down with sweet wine from the Catalan coast.
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