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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
- Montpellier — the capital of the region
- Carcassonne — fortified town
- 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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