The authentic South-West: sun, wine and boat trips
Barge cruise on the Canal du Midi
Less known than its neighbour Provence, the Languedoc Roussillon is really worth a detour. History, nature, culture, architecture, vineyards and the warm southern France sun.
One of the best way to experience the Languedoc Roussillon is…by boat. Luxury barges or self-drive barges, come and discover the Canal du Midi, the famous UNESCO World Heritage.
In a week time, you can cross the Languedoc and reach Camargue (a unique wild-life wonder of France) to the doors of Provence.
The area around Carcassonne, with its towers and battlements, gives a real feel of the South, with fortified towns of white stone and historic villages like Trèbes and Puicheric.
Medieval villages, Roman churches (Baraigne and Cazalrenoux), abbeys (St Papoul) and isolated monasteries, the Etang de Thau and its fantastic oyster beds can all be visited from your canal boat.
Cathar castles and abbeys
During the 12th century, the famous castles in ‘Cathar country’ (Peyrepertuse, Queribus , Puilaurens…) stretch from Albi to Carcassonne and Béziers. Their nickname ‘Citadels of vertigo’ describes well their location : on the top of mountains for breathtaking panoramas.
Every year, the biggest medieval carnaval takes place in one of these fortresses. And if you wish to take a step back in time in the most preserved French medieval town, Carcassonne will be your place !
Gastronomic stay among the biggest French vineyard
With over 600,000 acres, the Languedoc Roussillon is no less than the world widest region. 1 out of 3 French bottles is produced in Languedoc. 36 AOC among others will be Corbières, Minervois, Muscat, St Chinian…
The wine-makers themselves will share their passion with you.
Not to forget some nice local specialities as the ‘cassoulet’ from Castelnaudary !
Hiking and Canyoning in the Tarn canyons
The Causses chalky canyon meanders with its beautiful emerald green color. Wild landscapes to be discovered by feet, by car or by canoe. Spectacular views over these stone walls encircling the river.
From prehistorical caves to the Romans
The Tautavel cave is one the biggest prehistoic sites in the world (still carrying out excavations) with its 30-meter long cave.
Admire some splendors from the Roman era in Nimes, with its famous arena or the wonderful Pont du Gard a bit further.