The southern French region of Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of sunshine, wine and flavorful continental cuisine. Located on the balmy shores of the Mediterranean, with the Pyrenees Mountains watching from the southeastern plains, this region combines the majestic beauty of the French highlands with the warmth of the sea coast. Languedoc-Roussillon is also a wine connoisseur's paradise, and the region produces some of the world's finest merlots, cabernets and chardonnays.
Some of the top attractions in the region include:
-Montpellier: The busiest metropolitan area of the region, Montpellier boasts Roman aqueducts, centuries-old chateaux and world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and nightlife. Its quaint, picturesque streets bustle with activity during high season, yet the city retains a laid-back, relaxed feel.
-Sete: Situated on the Mediterranean, Sete offers a less-touristy taste of the French Riviera. This region, peacefully nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees, offers stunning scenic beauty, old-world charm and some of the area's finest beaches.
-Vinecole: A wine school, Vinecole, is one of the trendiest destinations in the region. Visitors can learn the basics of wine appreciation, and more advanced aficionados can challenge their palates with a wide range of quality wines.
-Canal du Midi: This intricate network of canals connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean and offers some of the region's best photo opportunities.
-Carcassonne's medieval city: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval city in Carcassonne makes for an excellent day trip if you're in the area on an extended holiday.
July is one of the best months to visit France. It's when the nation celebrates Bastille Day, France's national holiday, with a singular zeal and fervor. However, given its southern location, visitors find Languedoc-Roussillon a pleasure to visit throughout the year.
For accommodations, the region is home to a varied range of vacation rentals. If you're staying in the city or near the coast, a condo or villa is a natural choice, and a rustic rural cabin makes a more comfortable alternative to roughing it in campsites in Languedoc-Roussillon.
You can continue to explore the Mediterranean coast from Languedoc-Roussillon by heading to nearby Nice for a taste of French cosmopolitan chic, or by checking out Monaco, a famous playground of the rich and famous.
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