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Destination guide

Holiday lettings in Languedoc-Roussillon

Dashed with dancing sunflowers and green vineyards, washed with sky-blue Mediterranean waves and peppered with castles, Roman ruins and intriguing towns, Languedoc-Roussillon is one truly enchanting corner of France. In a place that runs from the snow-topped Pyrenees to the wild woods of the Cevennes, you can find all sorts of alluring stays. That could mean a timber-built chalet on the ski pistes or a rustic cottage close to Carcassonne, a hip student pad in Montpellier or a luxurious villa between the flower fields of bucolic Aude – the choice is yours.

History

The ancient past of Languedoc-Roussillon

The story of Languedoc-Roussillon goes back millennia. The Greeks and the Romans settled here in ancient times, before the Visigoths and Vandals. Some raised wondrous feats in their wake, like the great Roman Pont du Gard, still seen crossing the Gardon River. Others left more ethereal traces of their presence, in the mellifluous sounds of the native Occitan language or the medieval traditions of troubadour music. Meanwhile, cities like Carcassonne – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and Nimes – a town centered on a huge colosseum – are real musts for any history buffs heading this way.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Languedoc-Roussillon

Do you want to find things to do while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that makes Languedoc-Roussillon a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lamalou-les-Bains Golf (6.2 mi / 10 km)
  • Allegria Vineyard (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Mas Gabriel Winery (9.2 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Domaine de la Dourbie Winery (12.6 mi / 20.2 km)
  • Domaine Virgile Joly Winery (14.2 mi / 22.8 km)
  • Saint-Thomas Golf Club (16.1 mi / 26 km)
Outdoor activities

The great French outdoors in Languedoc-Roussillon

Whoever said you need to hit the Alps to find French mountains? Any Languedoc-Roussillon holiday rental in the rising peaks of the Pyrenees will prove that wrong. It's a region of wooded ridges and deep valleys where you can don the skis or pull on the hiking boots. Don't forget the coast, either. Yacht sails billow in the wind, there, to take sailors out to hidden beaches and lonely lagoons. Meanwhile, the rolling farms of the Aude department are a haven for cyclists. Just a day's ride, there, can reveal vineyards and castle-crowned cities from centuries gone by.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Languedoc-Roussillon

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Languedoc-Roussillon is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Cap d'Agde Beach (26.3 mi / 42.3 km)
  • Lac Salagou (8.1 mi / 13 km)
  • Labeil Cave (14.7 mi / 23.6 km)
  • Clamouse Cave (18.3 mi / 29.4 km)
  • Dinosaur Museum (18.6 mi / 29.9 km)
  • Étang de Thau (23.6 mi / 38 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Languedoc-Roussillon

The nearest airport is in Beziers (BZR-Cap d'Agde), located 19.9 mi (32 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Montpellier (MPL-Montpellier - Mediterranean), which is 36.7 mi (59.1 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Beziers Bedarieux Station, Le Bousquet-d'Orb Station and Lunas Station are the main stations in the area. You can see more of Languedoc-Roussillon by jumping on the metro at Mosson Tram Station, Halles de La Paillade Tram Station or Saint Paul Tram Station.

How to get around

Navigating Languedoc-Roussillon

Planning to rent a car to take you to that Languedoc-Roussillon villa rental? That's a great idea. Get ready to hit sunflower-fringed roads, winding mountain lanes and gorgeous countryside – it's an absolute pleasure driving in this corner of France. You can pick up a set of wheels at most of the major airports in the region, including Beziers and Perpignan. If you'd prefer to avoid driving, then you can usually hop back and forth from holiday rentals in cities like Montpellier and Nimes using local bus and train routes. They're reliable and comfortable, and even include high-speed French TGV lines.

Food & drink 

Taste the delicacies of Languedoc-Roussillon

From Provence to the peaks of the Catalan mountains, Languedoc-Roussillon holiday cottages are never too far from a taste of authentic French cuisine. In fact, some of the country's most quintessential dishes hail from this region. Escargot – that's snails – cooked in wild herbs and garlic on a griddle, are common menu fodder. The fruits of the Mediterranean Sea are often the dish of the day in the coastal towns, whether oysters or oil-doused red mullet. Inland are rustic hamlets where chestnuts and salty Roquefort cheese beckon. And then there's the wine – you could even come to join the grape harvest festivals in Cessenon-sur-Orb and Gruissan, both in October.

Essential info

Languedoc-Roussillon holiday rentals essential info

  • French, Catalan and the region's own Occitan language are all spoken widely in Languedoc-Roussillon
  • Different seasons bring different rates for Languedoc-Roussillon holiday lettings, whether that means ski chalets in winter or family villas in summer
  • Book a satnav to go with a car rental – it will make navigating the vast Languedoc-Roussillon countryside much easier
  • Expect unpredictable weather if you're heading to the Pyrenees Mountains
  • It's normal to tip 10% in restaurants

How many holiday rentals are available around Languedoc-Roussillon?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 29,980 holiday lettings around Languedoc-Roussillon. From 2,784 villas to 1,445 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Languedoc-Roussillon?

Sometimes you just really need to get away from it all. Ditch the hustle and bustle and experience the elegance and charm of country living. HomeAway has 8,285 rural rental properties in this destination. Alternatively, you might like to try a different vibe. HomeAway has a whole lot of rental options to choose from, including:

  • 7,897 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 7,026 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 6,756 seaside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent an apartment in Languedoc-Roussillon?

Unpack your suitcase, take in the view and get the kettle on the boil. If you're searching for a place with all the conveniences of home, an apartment rental is an awesome way to go. You'll be able to choose from 9,527 different options on HomeAway. If you make your reservation soon, you could spend as little as £12 per night. Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • House: 9,409 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Villa: 2,773 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £13 per night.
  • Cottage: 1,379 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £23 per night.

Can I stay in Languedoc-Roussillon in a large group?

There's nothing more enjoyable than being somewhere completely new with extended family and friends. The best news is HomeAway has options suitable for big groups. Why not take a peek at the 2,883 house holiday rentals listed here? They're the most popular choice for large groups of guests. If you're travelling with a large group, the property options that are suitable for you include:

  • Are you searching for rentals that can sleep 6 of you? We have 13,736 that will fit the bill. Prices start from £21 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your party, you'll be happy to discover that there are 6,170 rental accommodation perfect. The starting price is £13 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with 5 guests? We offer 4,362 accommodation for rent that fit the bill. Prices start from £15 a night.

So never fear! When you travel with us you can take your aunt, your sister and all your friends to Languedoc-Roussillon.

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