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