Languedoc-Roussillon

One of the most attractive regions of Europe

The Languedoc Roussillon offers an incredible natural diversity and a rich historical heritage, architectural and cultural variety. Immense delimited plain on the east by the Rhone delta, on the north and the west by the mountains of the Massif Central and the Pyrenees, and on the south by the Mediterranean on more than 200 kms. It is ideally located on the Mediterranean arc between Italy and Spain and known for the oldest and the vastest vineyards of the world, with 300 days of sunshine per year. A beautiful seaside, an intense cultural life and several festivals, the region is one of the most prized touristic destinations in France

Montpellier, regional capital, the eighth town of France, has the strongest national demographic growth. It's a young town. Its prestigious University attracts more than 80 000 students. Montpellier has numerous centers of academic excellence and of research: INRA, CIRAD, AGROPOLIS, CNRS, SANOFI AVENTIS... The heart of the town abounds magnificent mansions built between the 15th and the 18th centuries hidden along the narrow and picturesque streets. The "place de la Comédie" and the haussmann buildings remind the essential role of Montpellier in the 19th century. The several new neighborhoods of Antigone, of the Millenaire and of the Mariane park confirms its actual dynamism.

Nîmes, town of Art and history, main town of the Gard, and second town of the Languedoc with an agglomeration of 240 000 residents, it's located between the Mediterranean and the Cevennes, at the doors of the Camargue. As well as, the «Rome française» with its prestigious monuments: the bullring, the Maison Carrée or the Pont du Gard (between Nîmes and Uzès) it is also the capital of bullfighting. The garden de La Fontaine and the marvelous mansions that lead the quay of the same name attest the wealth and the dynamism of this old historical protestant fief.

Uzès, in the Gard, presents an exceptional architectural and historical collection where you may find gorgeous estates of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Its centre is particularly well preserved, offering visitors superb façades and several mansions. The narrow paved pedestrian streets bring you back to the medieval times. Its square "aux Herbes", shadowed with plane trees, surrounded by archway houses, a big fountain thrones the square, and its active daily market makes it a very popular place. Classified as «art and historical town» since November 2008, Uzès is renown worldwide.

Castle of the Cathare CountryThe Aude : a mix of the sea and mountains, spectacular natural scenery with the castles of the Cathare Country, the Historic Medieval Fortified City of Carcassonne (listed as World Heritage Sites), its abbeys, roman cloisters, vineyards and the shady banks of the Canal du Midi.

In the large architectural and landscaped setting of Languedoc-Roussillon, the cultural heritage is everywhere. The Languedoc-Roussillon region, or another beautiful way to highlight sun, sea, mountains, vineyards and regional specialties.

Wine tasting in the vineyards, gourmet walks, farm visits, fairs and shows, many opportunities to discover the gastronomic specialties of Languedoc-Roussillon...

The Languedoc-Roussillon region has a Mediterranean climate, sunny throughout the whole year. But the most pleasant season remains the summer, between May and September.