Welcome to Languedoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Languedoc region, also known as Languedoc Roussillon is one of France's best kept
secrets.

It is France's southernmost region, bordered by the Pyrenees mountains, Andorra and Spain
to the south and extending as far as the Massif Central to the north.

It has a long Mediterranean coastline of virtually uninterrupted sandy beaches punctuated by
traditional and ancient fishing villages and ports.

Few regions are more steeped in history than Languedoc, which also offers an abundance of
excellent wines and fantastic, local cuisine. You will find traditional folk festivals and
musical events taking place throughout the year but mainly concentrated through July and
August when even the smallest villages host weekly musical nights.

Carcassonne to the north boasts the largest and best preserved medieval walled fortress in
Europe, whilst the city of Perpignan, with its strong Catalan influence is one of the most
cosmopolitan cities in France. There you will find a maze of chic boutiques and busy
pavement bars, cafés and restaurants.

Collioure, otherwise known as the jewel of the 'Côte Vermeille' is famous for its role in the
Fauvist art movement, and artists still come to paint the stunning scenery which lines the
picturesque cove.

During the summer months a great variety of water sports including sailing and windsurfing
can be found on the coast, as well as activities such as rafting, canyoning and canoeing
further inland. During the winter months you can ski and snowboard in the Pyrenees
mountains.


Languedoc is an exciting region to visit anytime of the year. The climate is warm and sunny,
although sometimes windy, boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Languedoc is one of the most charming areas of France.

The southern-central region is bounded by the region of Auvergne, to the north, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, to the east,
the Mediterranean to the southeast, Spain to the south, and the Midi-Pyrénées to the west.
This region was one of the earliest to be inhabited by humans.

Testament to this is the names of towns, the Catalan language, the region's heady wines and olive-oil dishes all illustrate the lasting influence of 400 years of occupation. Languedoc's name was derived from the name of the traditional language of southern France, Occitan. Specifically, the name is derived from the phrase 'langue d'oc', where the Latin word 'hoc' means 'yes'.

From the 13th century the name applied to the entire area in which the Languedoc, or Occitan, language was spoken.
The Occitan Language is a Romance language which continues to be spoken around Nîmes
and Uzès, in the Haute-Loire and Ardèche by more than 1,500,00 people.
Languedoc Roussillon benefits from an exceptional Mediterranean climate.

The coastal plains are typically Mediterranean, rarely freezing in winter, and enjoying average high summer temperatures of nearly 30 C (86F). It is during the summer months that Languedoc Roussillon really comes alive with local Mairies organising numerous cultural activities and events.

Local festivals range from bull-running, to canal jousting in Sete, to jazz festivals to
extreme sports shows, to local fêtes displaying French regional food specialities and
Languedoc wines.
As in Provence, wine has been produced in Languedoc for more than 2000 years. Four
departments of the Languedoc-Rousillon, Gard, Herault, Aude and Pyrenees Orientales share
the biggest French vineyards.

The diversity of soils makes it possible to produce wines of different types, and the differences are carefully maintained, with a constant eye to quality.
In recent years Languedoc Roussillon has become a popular French holiday destination with
long sunny days, Mediterranean beaches, tourist facilities and local wine and food that makes
everyone's mouth water.

French Property Languedoc have partnerships with immobiliers in Languedoc so our property consultants can hand pick property and properties for sale in Languedoc in addition to those listed.
We look forward to hearing from you.

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