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Tourist information for Languedoc-Roussillon

The tourist area of Languedoc takes in some of the region of the Midi-Pyrenees and most of Languedoc-Roussillon, and is still largely undiscovered by the British. It is one of France's most diverse regions. Inland, spectacular mountains are cut by deep gorges and beautiful wild valleys offering opportunities for every type of outdoor activity. The lively cities, historic towns and fortified villages provide more than enough sightseeing. The coastline is mostly flat with mile upon mile of safe sandy beaches perfect for families. Behind the coast are plains and marshes home to a huge variety of birds and wildlife. The region borders the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean to the south and east and the massif central to the north. It is crossed by the Canal du Midi, a man-made canal from Toulouse to the Mediterranean. Inhabited by the Romans and the Cathars the area is rich in history. Vineyards covering the slopes and plains mean wine tasting is high on the agenda.

Activities in Languedoc-Roussillon:
Walking, climbing, canal boats and cruising, kayaking, wine tasting, bird watching, horse riding.

Special attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon:
Pont du Gard (ancient aqueduct), Parc Naturel Regional du Haut Languedoc, many ancient monuments.

Towns in Languedoc-Roussillon:

Carcassonne. Dominated by its fortress, this is a beautiful town to visit. Dance, theatre and musical events take place throughout July and festivals celebrating the Cathar influence are held in August. It is a perfect centre for exploring the Cathar castles and the Montagne Noir.
Montpellier. A dynamic and youthful university town near the sea and the Canal du Midi.

Narbonne. Visit this town for its Roman ruins and Gothic cathedral and as a base for exploring the vast surrounding wine-growing area. Nearby is the Etang de Bage et de Sigean, a lagoon frequented by flamingos.

Nimes. Roman ruins and bullfighting characterise this town and it is close to caves and grottos as well as the famous Roman Pont du Gard.

Sete. Although having a modern industrial area Sete remains a busy and interesting old harbour town with lots of seafood restaurants and the museum Paul Valery.

Toulouse. Known as the Pink City due to the rosy brick used to build the houses this is one of the liveliest towns in the south with an extensive street and cultural life and a varied architectural heritage.

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