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Béziers is a large town in the Languedoc, midway between Perpignan and Montpellier, located on a hill that overlooks the River Orb. The beauty of Béziers is that everything is within walking distance but as it’s built on a slope some of the streets are quite steep. The 13th century Saint Nazaire Cathedral overlooks the River Orb and at sunset in the courtyard it is said you have the best views over the town and surrounding countryside. Béziers is well known for two things, its wine and bull fighting or “corridas”. This annual event takes place in mid August when partying takes place from dawn until late in the evening and even the following dawn in some cases. The brick arena becomes the focus of the festival where bullfights take place several times a day.
Carcassonne is the heart of Cathar Country, and there are many Cathar attractions nearby. The Languedoc offers so much and to see and do but one of the most popular places to visit is the medieval walled city of Carcassonne. From afar it looks like a fairy tale castle with the backdrop of the Montagne Noir (Black Mountains) behind it - truly stunning. The walled city was the location for the film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and as it is high on a hill it lent itself to not only this particular film but was reputedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s The Sleeping Beauty. Inside Le Cité are drawbridges, towers, cobbled streets and turrets and very atmospheric. Approaching from the main entrance within the walls, you lead into a cobbled street lined with quaint shops either side selling souvenirs and clothing. Further into the Cité are many restaurants dotted around the cobbled streets. Seasonal jousting, falconry and celebration bring Carcassonne’s incomparable walled city to vibrant life.
Port du Roy Marina by Aigues Mortes, a lively, historic walled town.
A visit to Sete is not to be missed. Once a small fishing village on the island of Mont St Clair, it has become the definitive Languedoc fishing port for France on the Mediterranean. This warm and colourful town is known as the Venice of Languedoc with its canals and small bridges. The charm of Sete is in the canals, the sea, the streets and the restaurants. You can walk and discover fishing boats, busy with their catch, or find a restaurant to eat and watch the fishing boats go out to sea. Walk down the Saint Louis Pier and look for yachts vie for space. Here you will see some of the fastest sailboats in the world, as it is here that the French train for the America's Cup.
For families there are 12 kms of sandy beaches that stretch from Sete to Cap d’Agde. At the northern end, by Sète, you'll find the Blue Flag beaches of Lazaret, La Corniche, La Fontaine and Lido, with beach bars and restaurants. As you would expect there is much to do in and around Sete from sailing trips, water sports, micro light flights, tennis, golf, horse riding, museums, theatres and a casino if you fancy your luck at the tables.
Sete is renowned for its abundance of restaurants offering fresh fish and seafood. Whilst it is a busy town during the day, it is delightful at night with twinkling lights and a superb atmosphere. A trip to Sete called the Venice of the Languedoc should be part of your trip to the region.
Narbonne will delight all the family due to its long sandy beaches, a wide variety of sports and many restaurants and beach bars. If you can tear yourself away from the beach then go into Narbonne town and visit the old market hall where you will find an abundance of local produce from olives, honey, local wine, oysters and sardines.
Visit the Vermeille Coast with sandy beaches and some very nice towns. Collioure is the furthest town south but it is the most charming and popular. Formally a small fishing village it started to attract the artistic community in the early 20th century including such renowned artists as Matisse and Derain and is known as the St Tropez of the Languedoc -Roussillon. Collioure has a lively town centre with some interesting historical monuments to discover and a popular local beach. Walking round the sea-front there are the wonderful sights of the castle and the church of Notre Dame des Anges to admire and as you wander along between the two there are lots of seaside bars and restaurants. The quaint houses are painted in lovely pastel shades with painted shutters and many are bedecked with trailing bougainvillea and blue plumbagos.
Aigues Mortes a wonderful medieval city, not unlike Carcassonne but much smaller, this fortified city represents a prestigious heritage right in the midst of marshlands, in one of the most beautiful spots of the Camargue. Originally a small hamlet of fishermen and salt gatherers, washed by marshes reaching to the Mediterranean Sea this town is encircled with 1640 m2 quadrilateral city walls, comprising of six prestigious towers, including the famous Constance Tower, and ten gates, encompassing an amazing religious heritage.