Walking Holidays in Languedoc-Roussillon
Blessed with a warm, sunny climate and a diversity of landscapes, cultures and attractions, Languedoc-Roussillon is an ideal walking holiday destination. From forested gorges and unspoilt mountain peaks to picturesque Mediterranean coastline and welcoming, traditional towns, a walking holiday here is the perfect way to relax and take in all that this scenic region has to offer.
Languedoc’s proximity to the Pyrenees, and thus northern Spain, has resulted in a tangible Catalonian influence, particularly along the Mediterranean coast. Simple fishing villages and traditional ports line the seafront of the region’s eastern coastline, while such destinations as Llança and Cadaques across the border offer a mixture of cultures that are certain to intrigue. The Catalan language is also prominent throughout Languedoc-Roussillon, having replaced Occitan during the 20th century. All this gives a noticeably cosmopolitan feel that is sure to enrich a walking tour there.
Located between the Cevennes mountains and the Mediterranean coast, the city of Nîmes is a fascinating place to discover the history of Languedoc-Roussillon on a walking tour. Founded by the ancient Romans, it is inextricably linked to the era of the Empire’s rule. Some of the finest and most extensive Roman remains in all of Europe can be found here; the first century arena with its two-storey façade is among the prime attractions. On a walking tour through the city, more recent sights include the Gothic cathedral and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes, both of which have particular cultural significance.