Summer holidays in Languedoc-Roussillon

A gem nestled between the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Coast and the Pyrenees

Helen Twigg

Helen Twigg
HomeAway travel expert

Saint-Ambroix Languedoc-Roussillon, on the French border, is a large region of Southern France. The area is a fantastic destination for holidaymakers seeking sunrays, inspiring vantage points - and, if they so choose, a need for adrenaline! The region boasts numerous Roman and medieval monuments, framed by colorful vineyards, national parks, and the glorious Mediterranean coast. Languedoc-Roussillon’s landscape is iridescent in the summer; visitors can't but enjoy the dazzling weather and visually stunning surroundings. Visit the larger destinations of Carcassone, Nimes and Montpellier, or choose to explore the region’s smaller towns and villages to experience the fuse of Catalonian and French culture and custom.

The area’s long wine production history provides travellers with the perfect excuse to embark on a wine tasting tour. The area is home to an incredible 740,300 acres of vineyards, and is a haven for wine connoisseurs. There is also the opportunity for extreme sport fans to take to the waves. Choose to relax and enjoy a tranquil afternoon combing the exquisite Mediterranean coast, or choose a dynamic water sport with one of the numerous sport centres in the area. Dry off in the comfort of your HomeAway château, before an evening of exceptional food and wine in one of the region’s pretty town squares.


Top five destinations in Languedoc-Roussillon


Carcasonne Carcasonne

With Carcasonne’s history dating back to Medieval times in the fifth century, this walled town is an ideal location for an enchanting excursion. The city’s fortress, restored during the mid-nineteenth century, was recognised in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cathar Castles provide a unique insight into the city’s rich history. In addition, the Basilica of Saint-Nazaire reflects the town’s fascinating religious development, and is a fine example of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Admire the sculptures inside the Basilica, as well as the church’s stunning thirteenth century stained glass windows. Experience a tranquil afternoon at the Lac de la Cavayere. Relax on the beach surrounding the vast lake, which remains one of the area’s finest sites for a delicious dip in the hot afternoons.

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Montpellier Montpellier

Beachcombers and sunbathers alike will want to visit Montpellier, the eighth largest city in France, which lies on the coast. The Espiguette Beach is home to miles of powder white sand, and is considered an ideal location for windsurfing. A short drive from the city, Espiguette is a tranquil alternative to the hub of activity in Montpellier’s city centre and continues to rank in the country’s list of best southern beaches. For incredible vantage points of Montpellier and the surrounding area, hike up the Pic St-Loup and find a secluded picnic spot before descending to the centre for an evening in the chic wine bars.

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Agde Agde

Agde, a small commune located on the river Hérault, is steeped in history and regarded as one of the oldest villages in the country. Cap d’Agde, the seaside resort of the town, is a popular destination for holidaymakers and locals, and an opportunity for travellers to set aside a day to enjoy the fantastic weather of Languedoc-Roussillon. The region is home to around eleven beaches, and travellers have the opportunity to partake in water sports from scuba diving to jet skiing. Alternately, the international golf course and nearby tennis centre cater for more traditional sports fans. For a family day out, consider Aqualand water park, offering children thrilling slides and wave pools, and providing parents with a well-earned rest before an evening dining at one the town’s excellent eateries.

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Lamalou-les-Bains Lamalou-les-Bains

Escape to the idyllic Lamalou-les-Bains, which at 200 metres above sea level, offers breathtaking views of the region. The small commune is home to thirteenth century spas, and an enchanting location to rest and recuperate before the Autumn. Lamalous-Les-Bains is a fantastic base for avid climbers, and there are opportunities to go caving and canoeing in the surrounding area. Food-tasting at Murviel-les-Beziers offers a unique insight into the local production of honey, jam, meats and cheeses. In addition, the cellar tour and wine tasting activities reflect the region’s long, successful wine production history. The historically-minded will enjoy exploring the Church of St Pierre de Rhedes, built in the first half of the twelfth century, and admired for its ornate décor.

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Laudun Laudun

The beautiful Laudun-l’Ardoise, situated in the department of Gard, is a highlight of the surrounding wine country. Laudun’s own wine production history is considered one of the finest in the region, and holidaymakers can embark on various wine tasting tours of the area’s vineyards. Visitors may explore the area by renting bicycles; but the adventurous may prefer to visit a horse riding centre to make their adventure by saddle. In addition, active holidaymakers won't want to pass up the innumerable opportunities to fish and hike, or to practice their serve at the local tennis centre.

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