Attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon

There so much sightseeing in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the south of France that you’d need a long time there to get through it all. To be fair, it is a vast area – stretching from the Pyrénées in the south up to the Camargue and Provence in the east, and thousands of years of conflict and change have left it an unending collection of spectacular castles, ruins, abbeys and villages.

The region’s 220 km-long coastline tempt visitors to have fun in the sun whilst inland there are a wealth of historical sights to keep you busy. France’s western Mediterranean coast is a hotbed of windsurfing. Gruissan, about 10km away from Narbonne on the coast, offers both sea and lake windsurfing options.

The Charm of Languedoc Roussillon is captured in hundreds of villages, each with an unique character and individual charm. Predominantly a wine growing region, many villages are famous for excellent individual wines. France is the country for wine and the Languedoc Roussillon region produces more annually than the whole of Australia!

Airports in Languedoc-Roussillon include Carcassonne, Beziers and Perpignan.

See also: Cities in Languedoc-Roussillon

Montpellier – Principal City of Languedoc-Roussillon

Montpellier is the principal city of the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie region. Located near the south coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, it is the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice.

Montpellier

Attractions

The Grotte des Demoiselles is a large cave located in the Hérault valley of southern France, near Ganges, about 60 km (38 mi) west of Nîmes.Many legends and stories have been linked with the cave, the existence of which has been common knowledge in the Languedoc region since time immemorial

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Alès Cathedral – Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste d’Alès, is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and national monument of France, located in the town of Alès, France. Alès and its cathedral lie near the start of The Regordane Way, or St. Gilles Trail, an ancient road and medieval pilgrimage route

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The Cité de Carcassonne is a medieval fortified architectural group located in the French city of Carcassonne, in the department of Aude, in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is located on the right bank of the Aude, on the hill, in the south-east part of the actual city

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The Palace of the Kings of Majorca, or Palais des Rois de Majorque in French, is a palace and a fortress with gardens overlooking the city of Perpignan in Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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The Pont du Gard is a notable ancient Roman aqueduct bridge that crosses the Gard River in southern France. It is part of a 50 km (31 mi) long aqueduct that runs between Uzès and Nîmes in the South of France. It is located in Vers-Pont-du-Gard nearRemoulins, in the Gard département

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The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheater found in the French city of Nîmes. Built around 70 AD, it was remodeled in 1863 to serve as a bullring. The Arenas of Nimes is the site of two annual bullfights, and it is also used for other public events

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The Duchy of Uzès is built on an old Roman “Castrum” (camp) which became the residence of the Governor in the first millennium. These wooden constructions have not survived. We do know that Dhuoda, Duchess of Septimanie was exiled here by her husband Bernard in the middle of the ninth century,

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The Gorges du Tarn is a canyon formed by the Tarn River between the Causse Méjean and the Causse de Sauveterre, in southern France. The canyon, mainly located in the Lozère département, and partially in the Aveyron département

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The Jardins de la Fontaine is a public park located in Nimes in the Gard . They are developed around the original spring in Nîmes discovered by the Romans, . Their architectural organization also highlights two ancient monuments , the Temple of Diana and the Tour Magne

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Peyrepertuse is a ruined fortress and one of the so-called Cathar castles located high in the French Pyrénées in the commune of Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, in the Aude département, and has been associated with the Counts of Narbonne and Barcelona. It stands at 800m high

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The Canal du Midi is a 240 km (150 mi) long canal in Southern France. The canal connects the Garonne River to the Étang de Thau on the Mediterraneanand along with the Canal de Garonne forms the Canal des Deux Mers joining the Atlantic to the Mediterranean

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Cities

  • Montpellier — the capital of the region
  • Alès
  • Beziers
  • Carcassonne —  fortified town
  • Narbonne
  • Nîmes
  • Perpignan
  • Sète
  • Vernet-les-Bains

Also look out for

  • Cevennes – a lovely area of wooded mountains, where the re-introduced griffon vulture can be seen. There is a great meteorological exhibition
  • Cirque de Navacelles — an amazing cirque where the road almost unbelievably descends to a tiny village
  • Côte Vermeille — canton in the south
  • Gorges d’Héric— apparently there is a narrow gauge railway connected with this
  • Le Sidobre — just east of Castres, it forms the westernmost extremity of the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Languedoc. It is cut by deep river valleys and covered with marvellous woods. It renowned for its granite
  • Monts d’Espinouse — a beautiful range of relatively low mountains, wild and craggy
  • Pic Carlit — though nearly 3,000 metes in height, does not require specialist climbing skills in summer. Fabulous views and a good chance of seeing ibex and chamois.
  • Pyrenees — mountain range in the south, at the border with Spain
  • Alaigne — a small picturesque village in the Aude region, offering a great place to base an exploration of the Cathar country.

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