Whether it’s a villa, cottage, chateau or apartment in Languedoc-Roussillon, you’ll be able to find the accommodation you need on HomeAway. Languedoc-Roussillon covers a vast area in the south of France, combining huge expanses of vineyards with some of France’s best Roman sites, wonderful beaches and a rugged interior. As fits a region with such variety, holiday homes in Languedoc-Roussillon range from traditional rural farmhouses to modern developments next to the Mediterranean. You can also pick the guest facilities you’d like – holiday homes in Languedoc-Roussillon often provide conveniences such as Internet access, air-conditioning, and you can opt for outdoor barbecues or pools to make more of the gorgeous weather here in summer .
-Beaches. Languedoc-Roussillon has an extensive coastline boasting some of France’s best beaches. Argelès-Plage, south of Perpignan offers a broad, six-mile length of sandy shoreline, with all kinds of watersports, from diving to kayaking. A more secluded option would be L’Espiguette, east of Montpellier, which features a long sandy beach, separated from the mainland by lagoons.
-History. If you have an interest in history then there’s an incredible variety of landmarks to track down here. In the Gard department there’s Nimes, with its remarkable Roman heritage and nearby Pont du Gard, an aqueduct and feat of Roman engineering. Carcassonne is a UNESCO-listed walled medieval city with more than 50 towers and three kilometres of fortifications.
-Natural scenery. Lozère, towards the north of the region is famed for its rugged, pine covered landscapes and is dotted with picturesque villages. Here you can find the Gorges du Tarn, the deepest gorges on the continent. To the south are the eastern Pyrenees, home to the spectacular Mont Canigou, which is a famous landmark dominating the area.
-Food and drink. Much of the countryside across Languedoc-Roussillon is given over to wine production. It was at Beziers and Narbonne that Roman Gaul’s first vineyards were established. The most famous wines, such as Cornieres, are produced in the Herault and Aude departments.
-Outdoor recreation. North of Montpellier is the Cevennes National Park, home to wonderful upland scenery and best discovered on foot via a range of trails, including the mammoth Tour of the Cevennes, which extends for well over 100 kilometres. At coastal resorts there are also all kinds of opportunities for watersports like water-skiing and wind-surfing.
Much of the region around holiday homes in Languedoc-Roussillon gets a Mediterranean climate, with especially hot summers in coastal areas. Here temperatures reach the mid-20s in late-May and the warm weather remains until around the end of October. Winters are mild here, with daily highs in the mid teens during December and January. At high ground, like the Pyrenees and Cevennes National Park, temperatures can be markedly than by the coast. Oddly, Montpellier gets more annual rainfall than Paris, but it tends to occur here in short, dramatic bursts.
To reach Languedoc-Roussillon holiday apartments from abroad you can use the international airports at Montpellier (MPL), Carcassonne (CCF), Beziers (BZR) or Perpignan (PGF), which can all be reached via low-cost airlines from airports in the UK and across Europe. Languedoc-Roussillon is served by a large regional rail network, TER, which offers 15 different lines, extending to all corners of the region. Meanwhile, the region’s main cities of Nimes, Perpignan and Beziers have at least 30 bus lines each, while there’s also a tram system in the city of Montpellier.