Found in the central region of the South of France, this area benefits from the warm Mediterranean weather, but with a quieter coastline than neighbouring Provence. A largely unspoilt area, it feels very traditionally French and enjoys a slower pace of life.
The towns and villages of Languedoc-Roussillon are some of the most beautiful in France with historical buildings and fortified ancient battlements going back over a thousand years. It has also been a major centre of rugby league since the sport was introduced to France in the 1930s.
Major towns and cities
- Montpellier – regional capital with a historical centre
- Nimes – an old city with narrow streets and ancient Roman remains
- Perpignan – a 10th-century medieval town
- Carcassonne – a fortified town, popular with tourists and the site of a medieval fortress
- Chateau de Queribus – one of the best preserved castles in the region
- Grotte de Demoiselles – spectacular limestone cave systems to explore
- Jardins de La Fontaine – filled with history, fountains, statues and Roman ruins
- Gorges de Galamus – breathtaking canyons can be enjoyed by car or on foot