Welcome to Languedoc
Located in the south of France, Languedoc is a region that stretches from the border of Spain, along the Mediterranean coast to the Provence, and northwards to the Massif Central. This strategic positioning endows it with a stunning blend of landscapes, from the sun-kissed Mediterranean coastline to the majestic Pyrenees Mountains in the west. Known for its rich cultural tapestry and historical depth, Languedoc offers a variety of experiences for every traveller.
The charm of Languedoc lies in its diversity. Along its coast, you'll find a series of beautiful beaches, perfect for those who enjoy a relaxing day by the sea. Quaint fishing villages and lively towns also line the coastline, offering Mediterranean vibrancy and tranquillity. Moving inland, the scenery transforms into serene vineyards, lush countryside, and the rugged, natural beauty of the mountainous areas, ideal for enthusiasts of walking, cycling, and hiking.
History enthusiasts will find Languedoc a treasure trove of historical sites and monuments. The region is sprinkled with remnants of its past, from well-preserved mediaeval towns to ancient Roman ruins. These historical landmarks, including fortified cities and Romanesque churches, offer a captivating window into the bygone eras of mediaeval and Roman times.
Beyond its historical and natural allure, Languedoc is a region that changes with the seasons, offering a unique charm at any time of the year. It's a place where you can bask in the Mediterranean sun, explore historical wonders, or engage in active pursuits amidst the rich cultural heritage that permeates every corner of this enchanting region.
Travelling To and Around Languedoc
Languedoc is accessible through several airports, each offering good connections to major UK airports. Montpellier and Perpignan are popular choices for direct access to the region. While Montpellier provides a range of flight options, Perpignan serves as a convenient regional gateway. Béziers airport, though offering limited flights, is another option for closer access to many Languedoc destinations. Follow this link to find out more about airports and airlines that serve Languedoc.
If you would prefer to take your own vehicle, consider a ferry crossing to France. This option adds the convenience of having your own transport in Languedoc. Alternatively, train travel offers an efficient route. You can take your vehicle on the Eurotunnel to Calais or travel as a foot passenger on the Eurostar to Paris, followed by a high-speed TGV train to Avignon or Toulouse. From these cities, car hire services are available to complete your journey to Languedoc.
Picture Perfect Towns & Cities
Languedoc, a region known for its scenic beauty and historical depth, is dotted with numerous charming towns, each offering a unique glimpse into the rich tapestry of southern French culture. We especially love Carcassonne and Pézenas:
Carcassonne: A Mediaeval Masterpiece
Carcassonne, located in the heart of Languedoc, is a town that seems lifted straight from a mediaeval fairytale. Renowned for its iconic fortified city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Carcassonne captivates visitors with its well-preserved mediaeval architecture, ancient ramparts, and cobbled streets. This historic bastion offers a journey back in time, where the grandeur of the past meets the vibrancy of the present. Its captivating history, combined with modern amenities and cultural events, makes Carcassonne a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an authentic and enriching holiday experience. View our villas in Carcassonne.
Pézenas: A Blend of Art and History
Pézenas, a short drive from the Mediterranean coast, is a town that exudes artistic charm and historical elegance. Known for its rich artistic heritage and beautifully preserved old town, Pezenas is a haven for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike. The town's narrow streets are lined with artisan shops, art galleries, and antique stores, creating a vibrant atmosphere that celebrates creativity and craftsmanship. The architectural beauty of its ancient buildings, coupled with its lively cultural scene, makes Pezenas an ideal destination for those looking to immerse themselves in the essence of Languedoc's artistic and historical spirit. View our villas in Pézenas.
Languedoc's coastline, near our villas in Carcassonne and Pezenas, is adorned with beautiful beaches
that offer something special for every visitor. From serene, sandy stretches to charming seaside towns, these beaches are perfect for a day of relaxation or adventure.
Petit-Travers Beach (Plage Le Petit Travers, Mauguio)
Petit-Travers Beach, located close to Montpellier, is a serene and less crowded alternative for those
seeking tranquillity. The numerous paths weaving through these dunes provide a perfect setting for a
serene morning or evening walk. This beach combines the wildness of nature with convenient amenities.
Roquille Beach (Plage de la Roquille, Agde)
Roquille Beach in Agde offers a delightful mix of natural beauty and convenience. With its soft sand and gentle waves, it's a family-friendly beach that’s perfect for swimming and sunbathing, especially in the northern sections, with the southern areas being a bit rockier. Explore the mini-harbour pond of La Roquille or enjoy a stroll or bike ride along the promenade.
Chalets Beach (Plage des Chalets, Gruissan)
Near the town of Gruissan, Chalets Beach offers a diverse landscape of sandy shores and nearby
wetlands, perfect for photography or relaxation. This less crowded beach is family-friendly, and a swim here can be perfectly rounded off with a visit to one of the nearby restaurants or ice cream shops.
Fifteen kilometres east of Narbonne, Narbonne-Plage sits at the foot of the Clape mountain in the
Regional Natural Park of Narbonne in the Mediterranean. This beach, with five kilometres of fine sand, holds the European Blue Flag label and is a well-loved beach with family-friendly amenities. The beach is backed by a promenade filled with shops and cafes, making it perfect for a full day of beachside leisure.
Each of these beaches near Carcassonne and Pezenas showcases the diverse beauty of Languedoc’s
coastline. Whether you're seeking a quiet spot to unwind or a lively beach with ample amenities, these selections promise a memorable seaside experience in southern France.
Things to Do
Hiking Trails Aplenty
The picturesque countryside of Languedoc is a haven for nature lovers. With its rolling vineyards, olive groves, and scenic hilltop towns, the region offers breathtaking views and a peaceful retreat from the bustling cities. Walking or hiking through this idyllic landscape is a popular activity, with numerous trails available for all skill levels.
Historical Sites and Architecture
Visiting the historical sites of Languedoc is a journey through time. The region is home to many
well-preserved medieval towns and cities, including the famous walled city of Carcassonne, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the ancient ramparts, castle, and narrow streets of this iconic fortress.
A visit to the Abbaye de Fontfroide adds a unique dimension to your historical exploration. This
beautifully preserved Cistercian abbey, nestled in the heart of Languedoc's wine country, is a testament to the region's medieval past. The abbey is known for its serene gardens, exquisite stained glass, and tranquil cloisters, making it an ideal spot for those interested in history, architecture, and the peaceful ambiance of monastic life.
Discover the Underground Wonders
Languedoc also boasts a range of fascinating cave systems, such as the Grotte de Clamouse and the
Grottes de Demoiselles. These natural wonders offer guided tours where visitors can marvel at the
stunning formations of stalactites and stalagmites, making for an unforgettable underground adventure.
Journey along the Canal du Midi
A standout experience is exploring the Canal du Midi. This UNESCO World Heritage site, a marvel of
17th-century engineering, offers a scenic route through the Languedoc countryside. Ideal for leisurely boat trips, cycling, or walking along its towpaths, the canal provides a tranquil and picturesque setting. It’s a perfect way to experience the serene landscapes and historical charm of Languedoc in an engaging and leisurely manner.
Family friendly Zoos, Parks, and Aquariums
The region is home to several zoos, parks, and aquariums, providing engaging experiences for children and adults alike. The aquarium in Montpellier, renowned for its diverse marine life and interactive exhibits, is a must-visit for families. It offers an insightful glimpse into the underwater world, making it both an educational and entertaining outing.
Whether it's exploring the great outdoors, delving into the depths of historical sites, or enjoying
family-friendly activities, Languedoc has a wealth of experiences to offer, ensuring an enriching and
enjoyable stay for all visitors.
Traditional Food & Drink
Languedoc's culinary landscape mirrors its diverse geography, offering a blend of rustic and
Mediterranean flavours. The region's signature dish, Cassoulet, is a comforting bean stew with variations in each town. Brandade de Morue, a creamy mixture of salt cod and olive oil, represents the Mediterranean influence and is often served with crusty bread.
Adding to these are unique local specialties like Tielle Sétoise, a savoury octopus pie from Sète, and
Picholine Olives, which are perfect as a snack or in salads. Languedoc's coastline ensures a fresh supply of seafood, with dishes like Bouillabaisse being a regional favourite.
Cheeses like the soft goat cheese Pélardon and rustic charcuterie are integral to the dining experience, showcasing Languedoc's artisanal craftsmanship. Additionally, the region's diverse honey varieties, from lavender to rosemary, are a testament to its biodiverse landscape.
Languedoc is also one of France's largest wine-producing areas, offering a variety of wines from crisp whites to full-bodied reds. Wine tasting here is not just about flavours but understanding the land's deep viticultural traditions.
For a more in-depth look into Languedoc's gastronomy and other French culinary delights, explore our Guide to Food & Drink in France.