weather6The Languedoc region of France is a popular French holiday destination, with long sunny days, Mediterranean beaches and plenty of tourist facilities. The Languedoc is also home to thousands of miles of walks and bike rides; National Parks and wildlife reserves (such as the Camargue and the Cevennes); thermal springs and spas; grottoes and caves; and plenty of ancient historical sites covering the whole of the Languedoc's long history. All in all, you are not going to be short things to do in the Languedoc region of France, if you are visiting on you holidays.

nice christmas marketIf you are looking for a good place for a winter break, then visiting Nice, France in December enables you to benefit from the mild Mediterranean weather, the lower air fares and accommodation costs and you also get to enjoy the large Nice Christmas market held throughout December and early January.

things to do in south france with kids365Here is our guide to the 10 best things to do in Languedoc, South of France, with kids. If you are in Languedoc with your children or grandchildren and you're looking for things to do to occupy their time, then follow our list of kids activities to do in France, as compiled (following extensive research and much debate) by our 3 boys, Cameron 17, Archie 14 and Finlay 12.

 

languedoc4The Languedoc region in France is situated in the South of France, running northward along the Mediterranean coast from the border with Spain. The official name of the region is Languedoc-Roussillon, although this is often shortened to just the Languedoc. The Languedoc in France is a famous wine and tourism region in the South of France. 

menton girlThe coastal town of Menton is a beautiful place for a holiday in the South of France. For centuries, Menton has attracted visitors on account of its micro-climate and it still remains one of the sunniest towns in France. Menton has a good range of beaches in the lovely bay and the old town is a great place to walk around. It is easy to see why thousands of visitors choose to holiday in Menton each year.

 

cassis366If you are wondering what is Cassis, the answer is that it is actually one of four things. Cassis is a beautiful seaside town in the South of France, famous for its crystal clear turquoise waters and rocky inlets. Cassis is also

menton franceThe coastal resort of Menton, France, is located on the French Riviera in between Nice, Monaco and the Italian border. Menton is easily accessed by train from Nice and there is a direct bus to Nice Aiport and Monaco.

niceThe weather in Nice in July is exceptional, making it the perfect place to visit for your summer vacation. With average daily temperatures of around 28oC/80F, the days are usually hot and sunny. During July in Nice, you can also experience a whole range of things to do, from visiting the Nice Jazz festival to the Bastille day fireworks and the Fête du Malonat, the local festival in Nice.

cassis366Cassis, France, is a town 20 kilometres (12 miles) east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. Cassis lies between Marseille and Toulon on the eastern end of the French Riviera. Cassis is 2 hours drive from Nice and Cannes. It takes just 3 hours 45 mins to travel by train from Paris to Cassis.

st gilles du gardSitting on the edge of the Petite Camargue, South of France, the old town of Saint-Gilles is a pleasant place to wander around. St Gilles - or Saint-Gilles-du-Gard as it is officially known - is a lovely old town to explore.

Picnic spots south franceIf you find yourself in the South of France on a hot summers day and you want a lazy day out with the family, then here is our choice of the top 10 best Picnic Spots in the South of France. Other picnic places could have made our list, but these are our personal picnic favourites.

saint guilhem2There are plenty of interesting places to visit in Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. This popular French holiday destination has long sunny days, Mediterranean beaches and plenty of tourist attractions. The Languedoc region is also home to thousands of miles of walks and bike rides; National Parks and wildlife reserves (such as the Camargue and the Cevennes); thermal springs and spas; grottoes and caves; and plenty of ancient historical sites covering the whole of the Languedoc's long history. Here we summarize some of the best places to visit in Languedoc Roussillon.

marseille airportThere are 6 low cost airports in Languedoc Roussillon which provide cheap flights to Languedoc from the UK, Ireland and continental Europe. With Ryanair and Easyjet still offering great deals on cheap flights to the Languedoc, now is the time to plan your next holiday in Languedoc. 

languedoc2The Hérault department, France, is named after the Hérault river. It was created in 1790 from part of the former province of Languedoc. The department is very diverse geographically, with beaches in the south, the Cévennes mountains in the north, and vineyards in between. Today, the Herault department is one of the fastest growing in France, with many Northern Europeans attracted by the Mediterranean climate, cheap house prices and relaxed way of life.

pont du gardThe capital of the Gard department, France, is the city of Nimes, which was an important Roman settlement built by soldiers under the Emperor Augustus. In the centre of Nimes, you can still see remnants of the Roman times, including the Maison Carree (one of the best-preserved roman temples outside of Italy) and Les Arenes roman amphitheatre. But perhaps the most important Roman artifact, is the magnificent Pont du Gard aqueduct, that brought water from Uzes to Nimes.

carcassonne airportCarcassonne airport services cheap flights to Languedoc and the South of France, mainly through Ryanair and but also with Iberia to Alicante and Atlas to Algeria. Carcassonne airport has grown enormously over the last 10 years, mainly thanks to Ryanair. Carcassonne airport is actually quite small, but I enjoy flying out of Carcassonne for that very reason. You can be dropped and through to the departure gate in under an hour. Although they have recently upgraded the terminal at Carcassonne airport, don't expect lots of shops and restaurants.

pyreneesThe Pyrénées-Orientales department is located in the South of the Languedoc region of France bordering Spain and the Mediterranean Sea. The Pyrénées-Orientales department is a beautiful area of France, with stunning mountain ranges, a golden coastal area and in between, many vineyards. The regional Capital, Perpignan, is a fascinating town with a real Catalan spirit. The Spanish border to the south of Pyrénées-Orientales, has influenced the culture, language, cuisine and at times the allegiance of this southern-most department in France.

x gruissan plage3Looking to top up your tan on a great beach in France this summer? Languedoc-Roussillon alone has more than 40 of them flying the blue flag, the European award for clean bathing water. Here is the Go Languedoc! selection of the best beaches in Languedoc and the South of France.

flights to languedocWith Ryanair and Easyjet still offering great deals on cheap flights to the Languedoc, now is the time to plan your next holiday in Languedoc. There are 6 low cost airports in Languedoc Roussillon which provide cheap flights to Languedoc from the UK, Ireland and continental Europe.

languedoc3The Languedoc is the perfect French holiday destination. Here are our 10 favourite places to visit in Languedoc, including Carcassonne's wonderful castle, the Canal du Midi, beautiful Pezenas, artistic Collioure, ancient Nimes, the maginificent Pont du Gard and metropolitan Montpellier.  What more could you want from a tour of the South of France?

cirque navacellesThe Lozère department, France, is named after Mont Lozère, and is situated on the southern tip of the Massif Central. This inland department was first created in 1790 after the French Revolution. Lozère is the northernmost part of the current Languedoc-Roussillon region and is surrounded by the departments of Cantal, Haute-Loire, Ardèche, Gard and Aveyron.

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If you are looking for a good place to eat in Languedoc, then follow the Go Languedoc guide to the best bistros and restaurants in Languedoc. The Languedoc has such a diverse range of good food and seasonal ingredients that you would think that the region would be awash with great restaurants. But with all the good Chefs heading off to Paris, Cote d'Azur and London, you often have to search hard to find a good place to eat. Here is our selection of the best Languedoc restaurants we have eaten at recently.

carcassonne2The Aude department in the South of France is named after the river Aude, but it also goes under the title of "Cathar Country" on account of its many Cathar relics. The Aude department is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Pyrenees mountains and it is surrounded by the departments of Pyrénées-Orientales, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Tarn, and Hérault, with the Golfe du Lion to the east.

weather5In recent years the Languedoc has become a popular French holiday destination, with long sunny days, Mediterranean beaches and plenty of tourist facilities. The Languedoc is also home to thousands of miles of walks and bike rides; National Parks and wildlife reserves (such as the Camargue and the Cevennes); thermal springs and spas; grottoes and caves; and plenty of ancient historical sites covering the whole of the Languedoc's long history.