Regions - Southeastern France - Languedoc Roussillon
Regions — Southeastern France – Languedoc Roussillon
Region at a glance
Major City: Montpellier, Perpignan, Nîmes, Carcassone
Gallo Roman history and monuments
Mediterranean beaches, dry, sunny climate with quaint coastal towns and ports
Rugged mountains and vineyards
Ruins of Cathare castles
A wealth of history lies in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Roman monuments, Greek ruins, medieval castles and ancient villages are set amidst a patchwork of vineyards, farmlands, mountains and plateaus.
The walled city of Carcassonne encompasses towers, dungeons, moats and drawbridges and serves as one of the most impressive examples of medieval France. Many of the citadels and fortresses are perched high atop cliffs and rocky mountains. The Chateau de Peyrepertuse provides a breathtaking panoramic view from dizzying heights. Ruins of the former Cathare castles can be seen throughout the region.
Montpelier is a lively and radiant university town with squares, gardens and majestic mansions. The town of Nîmes is built around a Roman amphitheatre and Perpignan offers the unmistakable characteristics of Catalan.
Places of interest
Aigues-Mortes Medieval city
Béziers Wine capital of the region, St. Nazaire cathedral, Canal du Midi
Carcassonne Largest medieval walled city in Europe
Limoux Medieval town, Notre Dame de Marseilla Basilica, St. Martin church
Montpellier Famous for universities, Musée de l'Infanterie, Fabre Museum
Narbonne Roman sites, Gothic cathedral
Nîmes Oman remains and amphitheatre, Pont du Gard
Perpignan Kings Palace
Pézenas Molière's home
Villeneuve-les-Avignon Royal City of and residence of popes in 14th century
Technical tourism and sports
Pottery, Catalan fabrics, Cacharel designer wear, cork
Barging on Canal du Midi
Golf, biking, hiking, horseback riding
Cooking is Provençal, characterized by garlic and olive oil with delicious sausages and smoked hams. The region produces delicious pastries and sweetmeats made from almond paste and flavored with aniseed, pistachio and orange - flower water. Fish is popular along the coast: fish soup bourride in Sète. Wines include the reds of Corbières, Minervois, and the sweet Banyuls and Muscat.
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