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Languedoc – Roussillon, also known as Lengadoc – Rosselhon in Occitan and Llenguadoc – Rossello in Catalan, is an important region of France that is located in the southern side of the country, having an exit to the Mediterranean Sea. This region is comprised of five departments: Audee, Gard, Herault, Lozere and Pyrenees-Orientales. It is the favourite destination of those who are in love with nature and its most popular cities are Montpellier, Carcassonne, Nimes, Perpignan, Cap D’Agde and Argeles-sur-Mer.
Those who have never been to Languedoc-Roussillon should know that this is a picturesque land, where music, literature and wine form the best combination and represent the definition of the quality time. The region of Languedoc-Rousillon played an important role on the timeline of French history. According to archaeological evidence, these lands were inhabited long before the Greeks and other civilisations existed. Many discoveries regarding the existence of this territory were made recently and point that humans were present in Languedoc thousands of years before our generation. The Greek and Phoenician people have arrived on the French territory in 600 BC, when they began to trade. The first establishment of these civilizations was called Agde. The Celts, Romans, Vandals and Visigoths attacked and occupied it during a period of time of more than a millennium. The ancient ruins are still standing and can be admired by the curious visitors of Languedoc, proving that history cannot be erased.
This French region abounds of natural treasures and hidden gems that are worth visiting by the travellers’ who decide to have a magnificent journey on this side of the country. It is difficult to define the most beautiful areas of Languedoc-Rousillon, but there are a few places in this area that should not be missed. Le Canal du Midi, which is the oldest canals was built in the 17th century and has been included on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site List, is one of the greatest places that combine nature with history. Also, Les Cevennes, the imposing mountains with impressive caves, the coast which is filled with wonderful beaches, marinas and high cliffs and Gorges du Tarn which form a sublime landscape, are natural attractions, unique reservations and worth seeing places.
The city of Montpellier is an impressive, old city that has gained respect and appreciation through time and represents a major touristic attraction of Languedoc. The travellers will have the opportunity to visit spectacular buildings and admire great works of architecture. Some of the main landmarks in Montpellier are Place de la Comedie, Porte de Peyrou, Le Corum or Aquadukt Saint Clement. This city represents the peak of the cultural environment and prides itself with the Cathedrale St. Pierre, Esplanade d’Europe, Basilique Notre-Dame-des-Tables, La Panacee, Chateau de la Mogere, Aqueduct de Castries, Citadelle and many others. The museums play an important role in sharing the ancient knowledge with the travellers and the rarest collections can be seen at Musee Fabre, Musee Villa Loupian, Le Pavillon Populaire, Carre Sainte-Anne and others. The tourists can also choose to spend their time while walking and admiring the Jardin des Plantes or Domaine d’O.
Active tourism is preferred by most of the tourists who are looking to spend their vacations in Languedoc-Roussillon, thanks to the perfect weather conditions during the summertime. Therefore, the visitors of this region are encouraged to participate to the wine tours, food tours, to dive, to hike or to practice nautical sports. There is an endless list of incredible locations where the water sports can be practiced and the relaxing state of mind can be reached. Argeles sur Mer, Banyuls sur Mer, Canet en Roussillon, Collioure, Gruissan, Leucate-La Franqui or Le cap d’Agde are just a few of the most fascinating places on the seaside.
Everyone is welcome to spend a distinguished vacation on the shores of the Mediterranean, within the outstanding mountain levels or within the romantic, picturesque cities.
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