A large region situated in southereastern France, Languedoc Roussillon is famed for its long Mediterranean coastline. Occupying the southernmost part of the French border, Languedoc Roussillon is bordered by the Provence to the east, the Midi Pyrenees to the west, and by Spain to the south. Best known in modern times for its numerous vineyards and the beaches always buzzing with activities and filled with locals and tourists, this French region has been a strategic border since the old times. The iconic castles at the hilltop along with the historic Roman aqueducts serve as eye-catching reminders of the glorious past.
Getting its modern name from langue d’oc, or the spoken language of southern France, and from an area in the south called Roussillon, Languedoc Roussillon is accessible through its various airports that include those located in Beziers, Carcassonne, and Perpignan.
Mostly known for its beautiful vineyards and considered one of the biggest wine fields in the world, it is but natural to see vineyards and wineries wherever you may be in Languedoc Roussillon. Each charming village prides itself on its own unique wine concoction, and their long standing passion and tradition for wines goes hand in hand with the region’s colorful history. The Languedoc Roussillon region is also considered one of the largest contributors to the European Union’s wine industry.
One of the most exciting ways to experience any traveler’s Languedoc Roussillon exploration is by visiting the capital city of the region, Montpelier. Accessible through various public transport options, getting lost in many of Montpelier’s treasures cannot be that difficult. Those traveling with children and one who love to spend hours under the French sun would prove to have a wonderful time exploring the Parc Zoologique that has a large exhibition of animals from different continents like Asia, Oceania and Africa. It will also be quite an experience to take a stroll down the Esplanade, especially when the weather is good. The beautiful trees, the numerous al fresco restaurants, as well as the market in makeshift tents selling food and other wares, will surely make your walk a very pleasant experience. Heading to the nearby beaches of Carnon, La Grande-Motte or Palavas-les-Flots will also prove to be an exciting activity everyone will enjoy.
Those who enjoy visiting historical sites will have the time of their life surveying the medieval wall of the Cite de Carcassonne. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this picturesque fortress dates back to more than two and a half thousand years ago. Book one of the charming accommodations down at the ville basse or the town center, and spend the day scrutinizing the old crevices of this fortification. When done, you can spend a lazy afternoon marveling at the medieval jousting exhibitions held between the walls twice a day. Those who clamor for adventure would find the barge trips, exploring the historic Canal du Midi, not only a relaxing activity but also a worthwhile way to spend your time in this region. Cap your trip with a visit to the Torture Museum, which, as the name suggests, displays torture instruments used during the Middle Ages. If you happen to visit this region between July and August, make sure to find time to partake in the region’s Festival de Cascassonne, which is known for its humungous fireworks display, considered the second biggest in France.
If you find yourself venturing further, Perpignan is another good destination to check out. It is well known for its professional rugby teams, USAP Perpignan and Dragons Catalans. Perpignan is also the home of Musee de l’aviation, a museum located at Mas Palegry known for its planes exhibits. While there, do make time to join the colorful festivities during the festival Sant Joan.
For those who would like to sit back and relax while in Languedoc Roussillon, one of the most ideal ways to go about it is to book a lovely holiday in Domaine de Pommayrac. Opt for one of the many fascinating holiday accommodations in this pleasant country setting adorned with charming vineyards, meadows and beautiful pine forest trees. Book either a horse or a pony ride at one of its many riding centers, try out one of the numerous watersports like kayaking or canoeing on the Aude river in Couiza, and cap your trip with a delicious meal at L’Auberge de Pommayrac and sample the local delicacies and wines.