Stretching from the Spanish border to the Rhone valley, this region is blessed with a varied and beautiful landscape. You’ll find coastal plains with heady Mediterranean fragrances, long sandy beaches, and wide open skies, as well as rural wooded valleys, deep pine forests, and of course, the high snowy peaks of the Pyrenees. Vines have been growing in this area since before man existed, and the Languedoc region produces a vast quantity of wine. As well as the dramatic Tarn Gorges, the region boasts the oldest major canal in the world, the Canal de Midi, built in 1681. Coastal resorts of the area include Cap d’Agde, Palavas and Narbonne Plage. If you’re looking for things to do with the family in Languedoc
, you’ll see lions and giraffes roaming wild at the Sigean African Reserve
, or you could cool off at Aqualand
, a waterpark in Cap d’Adge.
The historic city of Nîmes
is centred around the roman Arena of Nîmes
which is still used today for bullfighting and concerts. Wander amongst the fountains of the 18th century Jardins de la Fontaine
. Just north-east of Nîmes you’ll find the Pont du Gard
: a magnificent three-tiered roman aqueduct.
More in Languedoc Guide