Languedoc Roussillon is located in the South of France. It is bounded to the east by Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur and Rhone-Alpes, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, to the north by Auvergne, and to the west by Midi-Pyrenees. You will be able to find various property for sale in Languedoc.
The Languedoc Roussillon region consists of 5 departements: the Aude (departement 11), the Gard(departement 30), the Herault (departement 34), the Lozère (departement 48) and the Pyrenees-Orientales (departement 66).
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Harmony and Diversity
Situated in the far south of France, Languedoc-Roussillon is able to enjoy almost constant sunshine. The Occitanian, Catalan, Provençal and gypsy cultures live here side by side in harmony and contribute to its diversity. Everything seems thus to separate the Camargue from the open expanses of Roussillon, the coastline from the biggest wine-growing region of Europe or the hills of the Cévennes from the Cathar castles.
Heritage, Traditions and Culture
Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of coastal plains, garrigue (Mediterranean scrubland), mountains, valleys and plateaux. The rich variety of the region’s landscapes has strongly influenced the architecture, lifestyle and culture of its people. The name of the region itself underlines its dual identity: Occitan and Catalan.
The local culture is brought to life in carnivals and festivals, such as the traditional celebrations of the bull in the Camargue marshes (the ‘Bouvine’ festivals); the fishermen’s festivals at Gruissan, Sète and Bouzigues; and the traditional maritime jousting tournaments at Sète and Mèze.
Languedoc-Roussillon’s countryside is unspoiled and its coastline protected, but its historic and cultural riches are also stunning. The region is interspersed with historical monuments, abbeys and castles and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Pont du Gard, the Canal du Midi, the medieval city of Carcassonne and the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, which take in the abbey of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the abbey church of Saint-Gilles.
As a land of Mediterranean culture, Languedoc-Roussillon is characterised by it’s ‘art de vivre’ (‘art of living’) and is firmly attached to its traditions and customs.
Beaches and seaside resorts
From the Camargue to the Côte Vermeille (Vermillion Coast), the spectacular coastline of Languedoc-Roussillon stretches for 150 miles along the Mediterranean Sea. It has some of the finest French beaches, a warm climate and clear waters that are thought to promote good health: a perfect combination for family vacations.
A mix of family holiday resorts; health spas and ancient fishing villages cluster along the shore in fact, backed by a hinterland of untouched natural beauty.
The capital of Languedoc-Roussillon is a typical Mediterranean town, where the pace of life is unhurried and the quality of life is superb. The old and the new mix happily here, with historic buildings sitting side-by-side with the latest in modern architecture.
The Canal du Midi and Navigation
The 175 miles of navigable waterway that makes up the Canal du Midi stretches across the Languedoc plain, with more than 350 bridges, locks and other feats of engineering making its passage possible. Some of these constructions are now more than 300 years old, and are works of art in themselves.
Cruising gently on a boat through the Languedoc countryside is one of the most enjoyable ways to discover the region. You’ll travel at the leisurely pace of about 5 miles an hour, with frequent stops to pass through the locks or explore the surrounding area.
Mountain Health Spas and Hot Springs
The huge number and rich variety of mineral-water springs in Languedoc-Roussillon have made it the second most important hydrotherapy region in France.
In Aubrac, Margeride and the Cévennes, in Haut Languedoc, by the Mediterranean, in Cathar Country and the Pyrenees, 13 exceptional spa resorts offer hydrotherapy treatments and health breaks at well equipped health spas.
The dry and sunny Mediterranean climate makes the Pyrenees Mountains an ideal location for climatotherapy.
The wide, sandy beaches and clear lagoons of Languedoc, and the rocky creeks of the Côte Vermeille, offer every kind of aquatic sport.
Top quality equipment can be hired for water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, fun boarding, scuba diving, sand yachting, kite flying, sea kayaking, jet skiing… you name it, Languedoc-Roussillon’s got it.
Walking, Riding and Cycling
For riding, cycling and walking tours Europe has few better destinations than Languedoc-Roussillon. The varied landscapes of Languedoc-Roussillon make it one of Europe’s favourite locations for hiking, mountain biking, pony trekking and horse trail riding.
The region has over 4,400 miles of footpaths, bridleways and waymarked trails, through scrubland and woodland, across plateaux and plains, through gorges and mountains. There are also themed routes and historic trails to follow that take in famous landmarks of France, such as the castle-strewn trail of the Cathars, and the Via Domitia, one of the most ancient Roman roads.
Languedoc-Roussillon’s sunny climate and unspoiled landscape have made it the top destination in France for naturist holidays and clothing optional vacations.
With 14 golf clubs throughout the region, Golfers looking for sunshine, fantastic Mediterranean scenery and friendly, welcoming courses could do a lot worse than head to Languedoc-Roussillon for their golf holidays abroad.
The mountains of Languedoc Roussillon
The mountains of Languedoc-Roussillon reach heights of almost 3000 metres in the Pyrenees, with the peaks of Canigou (2784m) and Carlit (2921m), and more than 1500m in the Massif Central, topped by Mont Lozère (1699m) and Mont Aigoual (1565m).
Whether you’re looking for a sunshine ski resort, snowshoe resort, snowboarding area or just a peaceful mountain village, you’ll find it in Languedoc-Roussillon.
Foods of Languedoc-Roussillon
Languedoc-Roussillon, renowned for the diversity of its agricultural produce, boasts a delicious and authentic cuisine.
Based on olive oil, garlic and basil, this cuisine is typically flavoured with herbs of the Provencal “garrigue” (scrubland) such as thyme, rosemary, bay and savory.
Cheeses, wines, honey and fruit complement the rural and coastal specialities.
Sampling the cuisine of Languedoc-Roussillon is still one of the best ways to really discover the region.
Wine and wine labels of the region
The vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon are some of the oldest and largest in the world, and produce some of the most renowned French wines.
Enthusiastic growers cultivate the vine across the region. The wine making districts extend from the right bank of the Rhône as far as the foothills of the Pyrenees, stretching out over the plains, or sloping up to the scrubland and the hills.
The wines of Languedoc-Roussillon have a very rich aftertaste. They complement the local food perfectly, providing a contrast to the simple cuisine based on olive oil, vegetables, fish and bread.
Languedoc property market:
A property for sale in Languedoc can vary from 50,000 euros for a stone house to renovate in the Minervois up to 2,000,000 euros for a very nice villa with swimming poolon the seaside.Finding a property in Languedoc requires time and advice that you can get for free from our consultants in charge of this area.
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Travel from the UK
By air: Ryanair flies to Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nîmes and Perpignan from London Stansted. British Airways gand GB Airways fly to Montpellier from Gatwick.
By rail: TGV services operate between Paris Gare de Lyon and both Nîmes and Montpellier. Motorail services run from Calais to Narbonne.
Our team of sale advisers at Sextant Properties will be happy to help you to find a property for sale in Languedoc. We have a large network of estate agents in Languedoc Roussillon. All of them are registered and speak both French and English. Whatever kind of property you are looking for: villa, farmhouse, longere, barn, gite, B&B, country house, mill, castle or chateau, we will do our best to find a Languedoc property matching your requirements. To find out more about our property for sale in Languedoc do not hesitate to contact us.