Languedoc - The real South of France

16th December, 2016
The new tourist hotspot in the South of France, the Languedoc region, is sometimes referred to as the ‘real South of France’. It has vast areas of unspoilt countryside, traditional wine-making villages and offers a slower pace of life. It is a traditional region with great food and wine, and the countryside is truly breath-taking.

The Languedoc region is perfect for anyone who wants to experience France in its traditional state. With so many things to do and places to explore, it makes for the perfect place for a break in the forthcoming year.

Many people flock to Languedoc to sample the region's restaurants and cuisine. The food on offer may not seem creative but there is plenty of fresh and delicious produce to try. Good food is extremely important to the people of Languedoc, and work stops for a couple of hours at lunchtime as people gather together to feast. Eating is a tremendously social event here, and some meals can often be served in seven courses and can last for a number of hours.

When visiting the area, you can take a gourmet tour as it is a good way to get to know the wide range of delicious food and produce which are enjoyed in the area. Alternatively, you can explore many of the food markets which are open during the day.

Of course, what is a meal in Languedoc without it being accompanied by a glass of local wine? The Languedoc-Roussillon is one the world’s most interesting wine making regions. It has a huge variety of wines that are widely acknowledged by experts and critics.

With Languedoc being such a vast area there is so many sights to see including spectacular castles, ruins, villages and abbeys as well some outstanding views.

La Cité in Carcassonne is France’s second most visited tourist attraction, after the Eiffel Tower. These Roman ruins are incredibly impressive, as are all of Languedoc’s castles and churches.

If you’re after a taste of history, Arles offers just that. The Roman heritage sites include an astoundingly preserved amphitheatre, theatre and forum. There are beautiful 17th Century mansions as well as modern museums; Arles really does have it all. Arles was also the base for Van Gogh as well as Paul Gauguin, during their successful partnership in the ‘Studio of the South’. This is where Van Gogh painted some of his most famous masterpieces.

There is a tree-lined canal which runs from Toulouse to the Mediterranean Sea. It symbolises the slow and relaxed life which the people of the Languedoc region live by. This canal passes under the walls of Carcassonne and is a lovely way to experience the town.

The Pont Du Gard is a breath-taking Roman aqueduct which is located just north of Nimes. Unfortunately, the original aqueduct collapsed after an earthquake, however, Emperor Napoleon ordered that it was rebuilt brick by brick. Not only is it amazing that the Romans managed to build an aqueduct in the first place, but it is still amazing to think the structure was rebuilt without the aid of cranes during the late 18th Century. There is also a lovely Mediterranean garden which visitors can explore, and also swim in the warm water under these incredible arches.

Carcassonne is France’s most famous and reminiscent medieval castle. It is not just the beauty of this castle that blows you away but also the scale. It is a wonderful monument with an impressive history.

Collioure is everything you would expect from a traditional French coastal town. It is an idyllic place situated in the very south of France and has attracted a host of artists such as Matisse, Derain and even Picasso. Its small harbour is sheltered by a quiet bay where the Pyrenees meets the sea and you can enjoy a splendid swim at one of the small coves then head over to a quaint café for a refreshment.

If you prefer wandering the streets of a traditional town, then add Pezenas to your lists of places to visit. It was once the old stomping ground of French playwright, Moliere and this large town is now a haven for French antique shops and market stalls. Just wander around at your own pace whilst admiring jewellers, cafes and boutiques.

If you are looking for a place with more of buzz, Montpellier has an amazing atmosphere. It has fantastic museums, a charming old centre, modern tram network and a hi-tech business sector with modern buildings.

If you are travelling with children, there are many attractions to keep everyone happy. La Bouscarasse is a waterpark which is guaranteed to be entertaining on a hot day. Maybe one of the best places to visit is the Haribo Museum. The museum has hundreds of old exhibits and documents all under one roof and old machines which have been restored are used to demonstrate the history of confectionary making.

Overall, Languedoc is the perfect place to get away to if you wish to experience history, culture, fabulous food and wine. We have a number of South of France villas which you can stay in, and are placed close to all the fabulous things to do and see in this region.