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“Extraordinary landscape matched by an historical legacy. Add to this a packed calendar of festivals and in short, you have a variety which few parts of France, or indeed Europe, can match.”

The Rough Guide to Languedoc and Roussillon

There are many places to visit within easy reach of Maison Dix. Here are some that we, our family, our friends and our guests have enjoyed.

Within 30 minutes

Pézenas – A sophisticated market town offering an abundance of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, antique shops and galleries. The vibrant Saturday morning market is well worth a visit.

Béziers – Béziers is known for two things in particular: wine and bullfighting. If visiting during August, make a point of taking in the four-day long feria when you can combine both!

Canal du Midi – There are many places you will come close to, or cross, this world heritage site. Travelling around the region by car, keep an eye out for the handsome, old plane trees – lined up like soldiers on both banks of the canal.

Bouzigues – The spectacular views of the oyster beds, splaying out across the Etang, cannot prepare you for the seafood delights to come – the oysters are said to be the best in France.

Within 60 minutes

Montpellier – Wander around the handsome ancient buildings of Montpellier’s historic centre. The narrow back streets and attractive squares are packed with bistro's for al fresco dining and southern French cuisine. Every summer the city hosts dance, music and theatre festivals

Sète – The Venice of France, owing to it’s many canals and waterways, Sète is a real working port and a great place to watch activities and sample the excellent seafood. During August, grab a seat either side of the main canal and cheer on the ‘joutes aquatiques’ (water jousting).

Aigues Mortes – A stunning 13th century walled cite. Inside the impressive walls lies a pleasant town with many souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants. It lies on the western-most edge of the famous marshlands of The Camargue.

The Camargue – The French Wild West where locals dress in full cowboy attire including boots, moleskins, spurs and hats. The landscape, designated as a national park and World Hertitage Site, is brimming with nature and famous for the free-roaming white horses and pink flamingoes.

St Guillhelm le Desert – A charming village of cobbled streets, wedged at the bottom of a dramatic ravine. Well worth a visit, it’s beautiful, dramatic and very atmospheric.

Within 90 minutes

Carcassonne – Set high up on a hill, this impressive medieval citadel has drawbridges, towers and cobbled streets within the cite walls.  The cité was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997.

Perpignan – The last major town in Languedoc before the Spanish border, it’s easy to see why the flavour of Perpignan is essentially Catalan. There’s a real mix of cultures in this corner of the region:

Nîmes – Boasting a completely intact Roman temple from the 4th Century BC and a perfectly preserved Roman amphitheatre right in the centre of the city. It’s also just the right size for exploring on foot.

Millau Viaduct and Roquefort – The viaduct, at 300m high and 2.5 km long, is the world's highest road bridge. Drive across it on the right day and you'll pass over low-lying clouds. Take the opportutnity to visit the nearby caves of Roquefort for a taste of the world-famous cheese.