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Languedoc:  A Province for All Seasons

Pont Du Gard Roman Aqueduct Bridge Languedoc

The Languedoc-Roussillon region is located in the South of France in the Midi-Pyrénées. The government of Languedoc was created in the 16th century to unite people of similar traditions and cultural groups. Having both inland and coastal towns, Languedoc offers plenty to see and do.

Tourists flock to Languedoc in the summer for the coastal resorts that include Cap d'Agde (nudist beach), Palavas-les-Flots and Grau-du-Roi. Languedoc has long sandy beaches with quaint seaside towns like St. Pierre and Carnon. The Espiguette beach is especially unique, it is long and wide with inland sand dunes. La Franqui and Leucate are also excellent beaches. Of course there are also lakes and rivers  in the Languedoc region where you can fish, swim and participate in water sports.

In the university city of Montpellier, families will enjoy the botanical gardens, Mare Nostrum Aquarium and the Zoo Park. The city boasts historic buildings like the 18th century Chateau d'O and Le Rockstore. Nimes offers the Carre d'Art museum of contemporary art and ancient structures like the 5AD Maison Carrée, the magnificent Iron Age Tour Magne and the 1BC amphitheatre.

Others come to enjoy the historical heritage found in cities like the capital, Toulouse, Carcassonne and Montpellier. In Agde visit the museum which highlights the traditions of the region; the EDF Bazacle Center in Toulouse overlooks the Garonne River and features exhibits on biodiversity and in Perpignan there is the Medieval Palace of the Kings of Majorca and the Cathedrale d'Elne.  

Lovers of architecture should see the Church of the Jacobins' Couvent in Languedoc's capital, Toulouse. Also in Toulouse is the stunning red brick Basilica of St. Sernin; the central Place du Capitole surrounded by historic buildings and Cite de l'Espace or Space City Theme Park. Toulouse has many world class museums and fine dining establishments.

Other popular activities in Languedoc-Roussillon include cycling, walking, golf, skiing in the Pyrenees in the winter, art holidays, health and yoga get-aways and cooking courses. Languedoc is one of the country's most prolific wine producing regions and there are many organized tours ranging from half a day to a week.

Cuisine in Languedoc

You'll find unique dishes in each of the towns and villages in Languedoc-Roussillon, the cuisine uses the locally grown fresh produce. One of the most popular dishes is cassoulet, a casserole made with haricot beans, various meats and preserved goose. Game is common in Languedoc like wild boar and the confit de canard or preserved goose meat is another favorites. Locally grown olives are used in many of the dishes as are asparagus, apricots, peaches, cherries, goat cheese, figs, pork and mushrooms. Try the local truffles or the fish dishes in the coastal towns. For a sweet end to your meal clafoutis is a fruit and egg batter concoction.

Languedoc offers beach holidays, plenty for nature lovers and history buffs as well as fun and modern attractions for families traveling with children.

Vacation Rental Accomodations in Languedoc-Roussillon

France Homestyle has a wide selection of vacation rentals to make your stay in Languedoc both a comfortable and authentic experience.  Ranging from the twelve bedroom mansion of La Bastide Romaine located in a private park with pool and tennis court to the charming and romantic one-bedroom stone cottage of Le Petit Mas located on a hillside with spectacular views of the surrounding area of Western Provence.  And everything in between, such as Maison Mauresque, a luxurious 19th Century five-bedroom stone house that has been completely renovated with a lovely garden and terrace overlooking a private swimming pool and beautiful views.