Reaching from the Cevennes down to the Mediterranean coast, Languedoc-Roussillon encompasses some of southern France’s most famous resorts, as well as the unspoilt territory of the Gorges du Tarn. It’s a region that appeals to sunseekers and history enthusiasts alike, an eclectic blend of lively urbanised locations and dramatic panoramas.
The northernmost part of Languedoc, Lozère, is the only department that doesn’t include coastline, but it more than makes up for its lack of beaches with the spectacular forested gorges that rise either side of the River Tarn. Picture postcard villages such as Castelbouc huddle among the trees, and there are plenty of vantage points from which to admire the views. The Canal du Midi, which connects the Garonne River to the Mediterranean, is a tranquil and richly cultural route that passes the fortified city of Carcassonne and meanders through Béziers and out to Sète, where it joins the sea. Crossing several departments, it’s a marvellous journey to walk or cycle.
Due to its southern position, Languedoc-Roussillon is best explored in spring, early summer or early autumn when temperatures are cooler and the crowds have dispersed.