A Vacation to the Languedoc Roussillon, France
Situated between Provence and the Pyrenees mountains is the Languedoc Roussillon, one of the 26 regions of France. It is comprised of five departments the Lozere, Herault, Gard, Aude, and Pyrenees-Orientales and prides itself on it’s great cultural heritage, excellent weather and breathtaking terrain.
Languedoc Roussillon – A Destination for Work and Play
Home to about 2,500,000 residents, the Languedoc Roussillon’s landscape is diverse. Twisting around the Mediterranean to form the Golfe du Lion, it presents perfect and long stretches of sandy beaches, deep ravines with rivers that crisscross various valleys, vineyards, and of course, the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains.
All these make the region a great tourist destination. In fact, it was recently mentioned in the Lonely Planet’s 2009 Blue List, as one of the “must see” tourist destinations for the year. Not surprising really as gives other hot tourist destinations, such as Provence and the Cote d’Azur, a real run for their money thanks to its great facilities and ease of access.
The area’s regional capital is Montpellier, which is currently going through a major revitalization; already it is considered the 8th largest city in France. Surrounding areas such as Nimes and Perpignan are also becoming more popular, making the Languedoc Roussillon region popular for business and property investment.
As for accessibility, there are several airline carriers that fly to airports at Montpellier, Nîmes, Perpignan and Carcassonne. Once there, travelling is easy as there are great highway links to the primary towns and cities of the Languedoc Roussillon. If travelling by train, please note that there is a TGV hi-speed train connecting Paris to Montpellier in just under 4 hours and currently a new link connecting Perpignan to Barcelona is being constructed which will bring travelers to Barcelona in about 45 mins.
Apart from breathtaking scenery for the tourists and the promise of bustling commerce for businessmen, the Languedoc Roussillon region prides itself on what it feels is its best asset: the people.
The area is a melting pot of cultures, of Catalans and Cathars, and proud districts that still speak the langue d’oc, the language spoken in early medieval times. All this indicates that visitors are not just treated to great views and sights but are treated to a fascinating cultural experience not gained elsewhere in southern France.
So what are you waiting for? It’s not everywhere that you get to see and experience beautiful landscapes steeped in history, so why don’t you see when your next vacation days are due and book a trip to the Languedoc Roussillon!
Jamie lives and works in the Languedoc and helps visitors interested in Languedoc Roussillon Holidays
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