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Destination Guide: Languedoc
This south-western corner of France offers great weather and luxury holiday villas in equal measure… but without the crowds of the Côte d’Azure.
The area is steeped in mediaeval history – from the Roman ruins at Nimes to the ancient towns of Carcassone and Cordes, both fascinating places to wander around soaking up the atmosphere.
Languedoc is not short of a decent beach or ten, and without the yachts and beautiful people you find further along the coast, they’re quieter, too. Out of high season you may well find you have a long stretch of sand all to yourselves.
Many are not much to write home about but there’s enough choice that you can find some lovely secluded spots. Argèles and Espiguette are both beautiful. The great thing about the area for beach bunnies is that there are almost two coastlines, as a result of the salt water lagoons a little inland, and it’s on this ‘inland coast’ that you’ll find the best seafood.
Further still inland in the ‘haut-Languedoc’, the countryside has a wild beauty about it, ideal for those who enjoy walking.
But as well as the rugged landscape and rustic atmosphere, Languedoc has a distinctly cosmopolitan side, too. The university town of Montpellier, with its elegant boulevards and pretty old quarter, is one of France’s most multicultural cities and a lovely place to spend a day wandering and enjoying its café and restaurant scene.
And for all the area’s ‘realness’ and unpretentious, rustic vibe, there are some really stunning luxury villas in Languedoc as well gîtes and chateaux that make a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside.
The region has several airports including Marseilles, Montpellier, Nimes and Toulouse, as well as a number of smaller ones. Train connections are excellent, too.
Best places to eat and drink in Languedoc
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-starred 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.
Best time to visit Languedoc
March to May is the best time to visit. June and July are very hot but temperatures tend to drop suddenly in mid-August. September and October are less busy than high summmer but can be prone to heavy downpours.
What we love about Languedoc
A trip to Carcassone’s fairytale turrets, sure to enchant little ones (and big kids) in equal measure. Bastille Day here (4th July) is an experience you’ll never forget.
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