The very best of what to see in Languedoc, starting from BÉZIERS
The Languedoc-Roussillon region is sometimes referred to as the ‘Real South of France’ – thanks to its largely unspoilt countryside, traditional wine-making villages and slower, Mediterranean pace of life. The contrast with the ‘bling’ of the Côte d’Azur and the often prissy artifice of Provence is marked – Languedoc still feels very traditionally French, with villages that aren’t emptied in winter, good food and wine that doesn’t cost the earth, and countryside that is as beautiful as anything in the Luberon or Tuscany. Here, you’ll find unspoilt landscapes of undulating vines punctuated by rocky outcrops and rocket pines, often with a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
There so much sightseeing in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the south of France that you’d need about ten long holidays here 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 us an unending collection of spectacular castles, ruins, abbeys and villages – all waiting for you to re-plunder.
So beautiful an area with such an amazing history naturally offers a huge amount to see and do for tourists. The challenge is to cherry-pick the very best that is on offer, to ensure your experience of this beautiful part of the world is as rewarding as possible.
Start with choosing a central location for your accomodation, in order to be able to visit the maximum without driving too much everyday. Béziers, with its Cathedral and Canal du Midi should be the right departure point every day.
Your first sightseeing should be for sure the Cité of Carcassonne . Easy to reach, a bit touristic but worth it.
Then , take your walking shoes and drive north of Béziers.Inside of the Regional natural Park of Haut Languedoc, many walks are well signed and will invite you to discover typical villages and vineyards area like Faugères or St Chinian.You should also try some and make some wine tasting experience (many wine makers properties open for wine tasting ) .
Back to the city, then with discovering Montpellier. Whether you are looking for shopping experience or cultural dicoveries, Montpellier has got a lot to offer.
As your fourth step, mediterraneen sea will remember you taht in Languedoc, beaches are never very far.Whether you are expecting long beaches like Serignan or Cap d’Agde or curious to visit Sète and its modern fishermen or even tasting famous oysters on L’Etang de Thau in Bouzigues or in the tiny harbour of Marseillan, you’ll never disappointed !
We wish you a very nice visit to Languedoc !
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