The new up-and-coming Languedoc-Roussillon is bound to surprise the first-time and return visitors alike.
It boasts 300 sunny day per year, the largest wine-producing region in the world, and offers a variety of sights and sites almost unmatched in France including Roman ruins, hilltop castles, medieval cities,and seaside towns.
The territory curves around 150-mile of spectacular Mediterranean coastline, which offers some of the finest beaches in France. The first part of the region's name, Languedoc, refers to the tongue spoken in southern France in the 13th century. It literally means language of oc, taken from the native speakers word for yes, which was oci nstead of oui. The second part, Roussillon, comes from Ruscino, the old name of the former regional capital, near Perpignan.
Before going to Languedoc-Roussillon, familiarize yourself with its history, and gastronomy. Look at the landmarks that have attracted men to this region since the dawn of civilisation: the Pont du Gard, Carcassonne, the Roman Arena in Nimes, the Canal du Midi, Cathar castles, the Camargue and Aigues-Mortes. Not to mention Collioure and Banuyls, Perpignan, Sete and hundreds of small villages along the road…
Check out our Languedoc-Roussillon Hotel Guide to help you find the right property! See our recommended 4 star hotels and our recommended 3 star hotels in Languedoc-Roussillon. Or look for hotels in Carcassonne, Perpignan, Narbonne, Montpellier, Nîmes or in all of the region.