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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Villas & Apartments in Languedoc-Roussillon

Mansion - Saumane

(Text automatically translated) The cottage is ideally situated in a quiet location for a relaxing and rest. for lovers of fishing and swimming on the Gardon River is a few meters. The view of one end of the Cevennes is beautiful. Many walks and h...

La Terrasse: 80m ² design in Uzes hist. center, 2 bedrooms, AC, very quiet, Fireplace

The 80m ² apartment is divided into two floors and offers an optimum division of the living and sleeping area. In the lower floor a living and dining area, one (children's) bedroom with 2 single beds, the modern, fully equipped kitchen with dishwa...

L'oustal Des Fleurs Sleeps 8

This classically elegant 19th century period property will seduce you with its secluded walled garden and indoor swimming pool. Located in the wine producing village of Olonzac in the heart of the Languedoc, you'll find a great selection of cafes,...

Maison Le Bitoulet Sleeps 14

The extraordinary Maison Le Bitoulet has recently been completely and carefully restored, and now stands to offer the most refined and impeccable taste in accommodation. The smallest detail has been tended to, from the selection of craftsmen and m...

Domaine Horte, sleeps 6

Domaine Horte is an exquisite house with rustic charm which has been beautifully decorated. It is situated in a small country village just 15 minutes from the airport and the medieval town of Carcassonne. The spacious 3 bedroom house is surrounde...

Chateau la Lune, sleeps 12

Welcome to Chateau La Lune, a spectacular Chateau set in the beautiful valley of the Hérault in Languedoc-Roussillo. The chateau can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 comfortable and sophisticated bedrooms. Inside the spacious chateau ...

Pleasant air-conditioned apartment in 700 feets of the beach

ust a step from the fine sand beach, between the Cap d'Agde and Grau d' Agde, situated in a residential, quiet and family area on a private property and enclosed. Apartment new of 50 m2, air-conditioned, modern stay / cooking equipped, (lava dishe...

Chateau De Lavaille

Through a wonderful avenue of beautifully shaped trees, standing in full splendour is the magnificent C19th Chateau Lavaille, located in 6 hectares of parkland surrounded by rare trees that were planted nearly 250 years ago. The Chateau offers ...

Chateau Chamborigaud

This graceful, Disney-style chateau was built in 1575 and has three stunningly beautiful towers with impressive turrets. Chateau Chamborigaud is set in a lovely 5 acre park in the Cevennes mountains, and enjoys the river Luech flowing lazily along...

Chateau de Mazelle

Located in the foothills of the Cévennes mountains, the Chateau de Mazelle is a large, rambling chateau for those who appreciate absolute peace and tranquility. Here you can experience French rural life at its best. Situated in an idyllic spot ...
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