Main tourist attractions in Languedoc Roussillon
Including different departments
Bagnols sur Cèze: Musée Albert André. Fine collection of late 19th century French art, including works by Bonnard, Matisse, Marquet, Signac, Jongkind, Rodin and more.
Nimes: old city with narrow streets, and remarkable Roman remains, including the Arena and the Maison Carrée.
Le Pont du Gard: UNESCO World Heritage site, impressive Roman aqueduct, just north east of Nimes.
Aigues Mortes: fortified town near the coast, once a port from which the Crusaders set forth.
Train à vapeur des Cévennes: Cevennes steam railway.
From Anduze La Lozère: sparsely-populated upland area, with a dry climate, mountains, spruce forests and gorges.
Hérault Montpellier: regional capital, with old centre, the Musée Fabre, churches and other sites.
Agde: attractive old small city, old streets, market, cathedral, waterfront.
Béziers: traditional Languedoc city, with old streets, churches and gardens.
St. Guilhen le Désert: small mediaeval city with romanesque abbey and ruined castle. Also the nearby Grotte de la Clamouse: magnificent stalacmites and stalagtites.
Sète: fishing and commercial port. Old town, beaches, boat trips.
Narbonne: former Roman city, once the regional capital, with an impressive cathedral, underground Roman grain-store, and canalside quays.
Carcassonne: UNESCO World Heritage site, a historic city encircled by medieval ramparts.
Cathar country: a collection of fabulous mediaeval castles, veritable eagles nests perched on rocky crags, guarding over this once turbulent frontier region. Of special note are the castles of Quéribus and Puylaurens.
Sigean: African safari park: perhaps the best and the biggest (almost 700 acres) wildlife park in France (opened in 1974).
Céret: Museum of Modern Art, with works by Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Braque etc.
The Canal du Midi: UNESCO World Heritage site, the world's oldest major canal, opened in 1681, linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
Le Canal du Midi: world's oldest commercial canal, built in 17th century. From Agde to Carcassonne, and beyond to the Atlantic. Canal with shaded cycleway and footpath. UNESCO world heritage site.
Les Cévennes: beautiful mountains, with steep wooded valleys. National Park area. Impressive caves .
The Coast: plenty of beaches, marinas and small ports. Miles of sandy beaches, crowded in parts at times, but also including long expanses of fairly empty sand.
Gorges du Tarn: dramatic and deep gorge of the river Tarn, through the limestone rock of the Causses.
By department East to West Gard
The regional capital of Languedoc-Roussillon is the city of Montpellier, a thriving modern city in the Hérault, with a historic centre; other major cities in the region are Nimes,Narbonne, Sete and Perpignan. Unlike Provence, Languedoc has a considerable coastal plain, and except in the department of Eastern Pyrenees, much of the coastal area is flat. The fertile coastal plain is given over to agriculture, vineyards and - particularly in Roussillon - fruit and vegetables. Languedoc is one of France's major wine-growing areas.The area has a lot of historic cities, such as Nimes with its superb Roman remains, the famous walled city of Carcassonne, the former Roman provincial capital of Narbonne, and other smaller ancient cities, such as Agde. The Pyrenees, forming a natural land barrier between France and Spain, are a beautiful range of high mountains, wooded on their lower slopes, but offering good mountain and hill walking higher up - not to mention the attraction of day trips into Spain. The coastline where they meet the sea is unlike the rest of the Languedoc coast, and is characterised by old coastal villages such as Banyuls and Collioure, rocky cliffs and small coves. The villages on the Pyrenean coastline can be reached directly by train.
Languedoc-Roussillon, popularly known as the Languedoc, is the central region of the south of France; it stretches from the Rhone valley in the east, to the Spanish border in the south west, and comprises five departments: four of these are Mediterranean coastal departments: the Gard, the Hérault, the Aude and the Eastern Pyrenees or Pyrénées orientales. The fifth department is rather different, being the upland department of Lozère, which forms the southern bastion of the Massif Central. Historically, the area known as "Languedoc" covered a large part of southern France; Roussillon is a much smaller area, being more or less the area covered by the Eastern Pyrenees department. Roussillon, in the past, was the northern part of Catalonia, and people here still speak Catalan as well as French.
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Imagine yourself in the beautiful old farmhouse in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. This trip is ideal if you like the untouched, non-touristy, country side. We will be staying in one of two beautiful locations-Domaine Mas Auroux or Domaine Mas Des Rives. Both locations are beautiful. Located near Montpellier, Herault, they offer luxurious and comfortable accommodations and both include pools. Please refer to this website to view both properties: www.aurou.com
Our decorative art classes combine art instructions with sightseeing, socializing, visiting local villages, wineries, towns, markets, beautiful beaches and great hospitality set in one of the world's most beautiful locations.The workshops are limited to very small groups with a maximum of 15 persons. The usual medium is watercolour and tempera, but we welcome other mediums - pastels and oils. Decorative art lessons on fresco, gold leafing and hand painted wallpaper making are also offered as well as lessons on how to make fresh paint for fresco paintings. All materials are provided.