Sud de France Languedoc-Roussillon : the Real South
Since the beginning of time, humans have been drawn like bees to honey to the Languedoc-Roussillon. Even before it was named “Languedoc”— language of yes — man had been unable to say “no” to this mountainous, sun-drenched region kissing Spain and hugging the southernmost curve of the Mediterranean Sea.
With the region’s exceptionally diverse natural, historic, cultural and gastronomic assets, Sud de France Languedoc-Roussillon destinations cannot be described in the singular. Hence, like the region’s wines, food and agricultural products and identity, Sud de France Languedoc-Roussillon destinations are conjugated in the plural.
In addition to six splendid sites listed as World Heritage by Unesco (the city of Carcassonne, the Canal du Midi, the Vauban fortresses of Villefranche-de-Conflent and Mont-Louis, the Saint-Jacques-de-Compostella pilgrimage routes, the Pont du Gard and the Causses and the Cévennes, cultural landscape of the Mediterranean agro-pastoralism), Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of contrast where the wild beauty of places such as Aubrac or the Navacelles corrie can be equalled only by the soothing charm of its 220 km of fine sandy beaches and its hundreds of kilometres of rivers and canals.
With dynamic cities home to a wealth of museums and festivals, country villages, winegrowing areas and hostelries eager to give you a taste of regional gastronomy, you will appreciate the authentic nature of the welcoming land that awaits you.
Tourism is an adventure!
With over 300 days of sunshine per year, it’s nice to live outside in Languedoc-Roussillon. So why not take advantage of them to discover new sensations in the sunshine. On or under firm ground, on the water or in the air, the possibilities offered are almost limitless. Of course you can discover Cévennes or the Catalan Pyrenees by the Via Ferrata. It requires a little experience in climbing. Potholing is another possibility offered, notably in Lozère. Canyoning, which is conducted from April to September in water that is sometimes cold, is also a physical activity which allows for new discoveries. At Port-Camargue or near Carnon, some will want to test out flyboarding, which, with a jet propulsion pack projects you out of the water and several meters up into the air. Others prefer bungee jumping from a cliff or a bridge as is done in Mende and Béziers. However, you can also be happy with a safari photo in the unbelievable landscapes of Petite Camargue in 4x4 vehicles especially equipped for crossing lagoons.In Languedoc-Roussillon, the exception is the rule.
Cycling: On mountain-bikes or family-style
Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of predilection for amateurs of mountain-bikes where physical effort accompanies beautiful landscapes. In terms of mountain-bike sites, the region is ranked second in France, with 26 areas marked out, offering 280 routes and totalling over 6,000 kilometres!
However, cycling can also be a family activity, owing to the green ways which, when finalised, will total 1,100 km of secured routes. They make it possible to get to the beaches in complete safety, by going around a lagoon, and following a canal in the shade of the plane trees (from Carcassonne to Trèbes, 14 km). Others hug the coast, while that of Narbonne at Port-la-Nouvelle (22 km) goes along the canals, while that from Sète to Marseillan-beach (6 km) takes you to the sea.
Inland, they cross orchards and vineyards and start a discovery of Petite Camargue
(from Vauvert to Aigues-Mortes, 10 km) or take you to charming villages.