You’re very much in ‘French Catalonia’ here. Robust wines and hearty, flavoursome dishes are the order of the day. The area is best known for shellfish and for its cassoulet, the ideal ingredients for which are hotly debated across the region. In some areas you’ll find a delicious daube of beef, and in Sète make sure you try macaronade – macaroni with beef.
Languedoc is France’s largest wine region, producing a third of the country’s entire output, so there’s plenty to sample, from the well-known – such as Corbières to white Picpoul de Pinet – great with shellfish.
For a real treat, sample Michelin recommended food at Le Coquerie in Sète. At Le Grau-du-Roi you’ll find an embarrassment of bars and restaurants where you can sit along the port eating seafood and knocking back pastis like a local. Or if you prefer to eat in the privacy of your villa then your private chef will rustle up some wonderful dishes.