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“Languedoc is the other South of France – hotter and wilder than Provence. The region forms a vast grandstand round the Med, mountains behind, sun-roasted plain before. This is, I think, the most exciting stretch of France."

The Sunday Times, April 7th, 2010

The Languedoc is bordered by the Mediterranean, the Massif Central and the Pyrenees. It is officially the sunniest region in France and the largest wine-growing area in the world.

Noted for its relaxed pace of life, the Languedoc offers varied natural surroundings of unspoilt sandy beaches, wild lagoons, nature reserves and mountain terrain. The charming villages and historic towns offer numerous places to visit, sightsee, buy local produce or simply stroll and soak up the unique atmosphere.

The area boasts a number of Unesco World Heritage sites, including the stunning Canal du Midi, which starts at Toulouse and meets the sea at the port of Sete. Few French regions are more steeped in history - The city of Nîmes, with it’s perfectly preserved Roman arena, is one of the finest examples of a Roman town outside Italy. The walled city of Carcassonne and the towering ramparts of Aigues Mortes recall the area's crusading past.

The cosmopolitan city of Montpellier is packed with new shops, good restaurants, pavement cafes and lively bars. Montpellier hosts a variety of cultural and tourism events throughout the year and has excellent art galleries and museums.

With so much to see, do or simply take-in – we really do recommend you have a car available. The region is a true pleasure to drive around; taxi’s are costly and there are very limited public transport options. We’ve pulled some ideas together for spending your day, week or longer. Read more in our ‘Your Time’ section