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18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon

Written by Lisa Alexander
Nov 17, 2020

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Slightly off the beaten path, the Languedoc-Roussillon area of Southern France captures tourists' hearts with its distinctive Mediterranean charm and rich cultural heritage. In addition to fabulous sightseeing, the region's sunny, mild weather and beautiful seaside scenery ensure an enjoyable holiday experience.

The region extends along the Mediterranean coast of France between the mouth of the Rhône River and the Pyrenees Mountains. The landscape is one of wild rocky gorges, vibrant orchard groves, and colorful market gardens. The ancient hilltop villages and ruined castles on mountain crags add an element of romance.

Must-see sights include the fairy-tale fortified city of Carcassonne and, closer to the sea, the bustling city of Montpellier and the balmy town of Perpignan. The favorite seaside resorts of Cap d'Agde and Port-Camargue offer sandy beaches and fewer crowds than the French Riviera.

A special festival called "Les Troubadours" celebrates the unique cultural heritage of Languedoc-Roussillon. The festival presents the music of the medieval troubadours in concerts held at splendid historic venues throughout the region.

For more ideas on things to do in this scenic region, see our list of the top attractions in Languedoc-Roussillon.

See also: Where to Stay in Languedoc

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1. Carcassonne

Carcassonne
Carcassonne

Carcassonne surprises visitors with the real-life image of a fairy-tale scene. From far away, the rows of turreted towers and crenellated ramparts create a stunning impression. This incredibly well-preserved medieval fortified city, known as the Cité de Carcassonne, transports visitors a few centuries back in time.

The UNESCO-listed Cité de Carcassonne (La Cité) is a totally enclosed citadel, perched on a hilltop and entered through imposing gated doorways. Visitors cross a drawbridge and become immersed in a magical scene: a maze of narrow, winding cobblestone streets dating back to the Middle Ages. Many of the buildings, squares, and alleyways have retained their centuries-old character.

This enchanting medieval realm includes noteworthy historic landmarks. Built between the 10th and 14th centuries, the Basilique Saint-Nazaire et Saint-Celse is a gem of Romanesque and Gothic architecture prized for its spectacular stained-glass windows. At the heart of La Cité is the 12th-century Château Comtal, stronghold of the Viscounts of Carcassonne.

The main entry gate into La Cité is the imposing Porte Narbonnaise with turreted towers dating to the 13th century. Another entry gate, the Porte d'Aude near the Château Comtal was featured in the movie Robin Hood.

La Cité is arguably Europe's best-preserved medieval citadel, surrounded by three kilometers of ancient ramparts. The double circuit of defensive walls features machicolations, slits for arrows, and 52 watchtowers. The fortifications, dating in parts to the 3rd and 4th century, were strengthened by Louis IX in 1250 and by Philip the Bold in 1280. Architect Viollet-le-Duc helped to restore the ramparts in the 19th century.

Besides exploring the pedestrian streets and monuments within La Cité, visitors can take a scenic walk along the ramparts. The Promenade des Lices is a one-kilometer-long path in between the double walls of the fortifications, which affords sweeping views of the landscape. It's even possible to see the Pyrenees Mountains in the distance.

The Cité de Carcassonne stands above the lower part of town known as the "Ville Basse," which also has its charms. Tourists will appreciate the selection of boutiques, restaurants, and cafés.

During summertime, Carcassonne hosts many cultural events. The Festival de Carcassonne presents dance, music, theater, and opera performances from June through August. On July 14th, Carcassonne puts on a marvelous spectacle of fireworks to celebrate Bastille Day.

In July and August, Le Grand Tournoi de Chevalerie allows visitors to experience an event that originated in the 13th century. This thrilling reenactment of a medieval chivalry tournament includes jousting contests and equestrian shows.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Carcassonne

Carcassone Map - Tourist Attractions
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2. Montpellier

Fountain of the Three Graces and the Montpellier National Opera House
Fountain of the Three Graces and the Montpellier National Opera House

With its elegant buildings, grand public squares, and balmy weather, Montpellier is a top tourist destination of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This lively university town belonged to the Kings of Aragon in the 13th century, was a headquarters of the Huguenots in the 16th century, and is still a center of culture.

The city boasts a wealth of art galleries and museums. The Musée Fabre (39 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle) has an exceptional collection of paintings by Italian, Dutch, and French masters from the Renaissance era up to the 19th century.

The town itself is like an open-air museum. Tourists will delight in wandering the narrow medieval streets and spacious squares. From the Place de la Comédie, the best places to stroll are the Rue de la Loge pedestrian area and the Rue Foch, lined with handsome 19th-century buildings that house fashionable clothing boutiques.

The Rue Foch leads to the Promenade du Peyrou (Place Royale du Peyrou), a park built on terraces with exceptional views as far as the sea. Highlights of the Promenade du Peyrou are the equestrian statue of Louis XIV and the neo-classical Château d'Eau (water tower).

A farmers' market is held at the Boulevard des Arceaux (near the Promenade du Peyrou) on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.

At the eastern edge of Montpellier's old town is the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, a wonderful area for a leisurely walk.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Montpellier

Montpellier Attractions Map - Tourist Attractions
Montpellier Map - Attractions (Historical)

3. Perpignan

Perpignan
Perpignan

About 15 kilometers away from the sea, Perpignan is a sunny Mediterranean town featuring characteristic red-tile roofed buildings and streets lined with palm trees. There is a distinct Spanish influence because of the proximity to the Pyrenees Mountains that border Spain's Catalonia region.

Le Castillet, a 14th-century fortified tower, was once the main entrance gate into the medieval walled town. The only remaining portion of the old ramparts, Le Castillet is Perpignan's most emblematic landmark.

The Castillet houses the Casa Pairal, a museum of Catalan folk art. The top level of the Castillet tower (accessed by climbing 142 steps) at one time was a donjon. Today, tourists can ascend the tower to admire panoramic views of Perpignan and the Pyrenees Mountains in the distance.

Another must-see attraction is the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which exemplifies Southern Gothic architecture. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, the cathedral has an ornately decorated interior. The most notable features are the 16th- and 17th-century reredos, the white marble high altar, and a celebrated sculpture of Christ created in 1307.

Perched on a promontory above the old town, the Palais des Rois de Majorque offers a stellar example of medieval military architecture. This vast fortress dates back to 1274 and was the residence of Jacques II, the Count of Roussillon and Cerdagne, as well as the King of Mallorca. In the 13th century, Perpignan was the capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Perpignan

Perpignan Map - Tourist Attractions
Perpignan Map - Attractions (Historical)

4. Nîmes

Cathedral in Nîmes
Cathedral in Nîmes

In the foothills of the Cévennes Mountains, Nîmes has the distinctive characteristics of sultry Southern France: spacious public squares featuring refreshing fountains and outdoor cafés; lively traditional festivals, including bullfights; and an abundance of Roman monuments. The city's ensemble of ancient buildings has earned it UNESCO World Heritage designation.

The Arènes de Nîmes in the town center is one of the best preserved of all the 70 known Roman amphitheaters. This richly decorated 1st-century AD monument was able to accommodate 24,000 spectators. Hundreds of staircases provided access to the rows of seats. Cultural events are still held here. Les Grands Jeux Romains presents reenactments of gladiator fights.

Another amazing Roman monument is the Maison Carrée on the Place de la Comédie. Standing on a podium, this perfectly maintained Roman temple was erected at the time of Augustus between 20 and 12 BC. The Maison Carrée is considered the best-preserved sanctuary of the ancient Roman world.

At the end of the Avenue J. Jaurès lies the tranquil Jardins de la Fontaine. The neoclassical gardens were laid out in the 18th century by Jacques-Philippe Mareschal at the request of Louis XV. Within the 15-hectare grounds are ruins of the ancient Roman Temple de Diana, which stands near a natural spring, and the 3rd-century B.C. Tour Magne (defense tower).

In a sleek ultra-modern building that was unveiled in 2018, the Musée de la Romanité allows visitors to discover the fascinating ancient history of Nîmes. The museum has an extensive collection of Gallo-Roman archaeological finds, which provide evidence of a city that thrived here two millennia ago.

Near Nîmes is the Pont du Gard, an impressive Roman aqueduct. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a masterpiece of ancient engineering. With its three levels of arches that span the Gard River, the 50-meter-high aqueduct is a truly a breathtaking sight to behold.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Nîmes

5. Narbonne

Narbonne
Narbonne

Once an important Roman town because of the nearby port, Narbonne is a vibrant city about 15 kilometers from beaches along the Mediterranean. That's close enough to benefit from the pleasant sea breezes.

Narbonne is built up along the Canal de la Robine, which is skirted by picturesque tree-lined pedestrian paths. This is one of the best places to visit in the city for a leisurely stroll.

A top tourist attraction is the Palais des Archevêques (Archbishop's Palace). Constructed in the 13th and 14th-centuries, this impressive Gothic palace houses the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire with a superb collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings, enamels, furniture, and fa"ence ceramics; and the Musée Archéologique with prehistoric, classical, and medieval antiquities.

Adjacent to the Archbishop's Palace, the Cathédrale Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur was built between 1272 and 1340. The cathedral exemplifies Rayonnant Gothic style, a surprising style in Southern France but obviously inspired by the grand cathedrals of northern France. The cathedral has a magnificent choir and exquisite 14th-century stained-glass windows.

In the southwest of the town is the Early Gothic (12th- to 13th-century) Basilique Saint-Paul. The church reveals some Romanesque elements from the early stages of its construction.

About 30 kilometers away from Narbonne in a peaceful valley is the Cistercian Abbaye de Fontfroide. The abbey's simple 13th-century Romanesque church and serene cloister blend into the tranquil natural environment.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Narbonne

6. Uzès

Uzès
Uzès

The historic town of Uzès lies beyond the boundaries of Provence about 40 kilometers west of Avignon in a pleasant setting above the wooded Alzon valley. Visitors will appreciate the alluring ambience of Uzès, with its narrow streets, quiet alleys, and shaded boulevards.

The main square, the Place aux Herbes, is shaded by leafy plane trees, lined with arcades and outdoor café terraces, and has an old fountain at the center. On Saturday mornings, a market takes place at this atmospheric medieval square.

Other attractions are the Château Ducal, which was built in various stages from the 11th to the 17th centuries, and the Musée Georges Borias, a museum of art, archaeology, and history, housed in the Ancien Evêché (former Bishop's Palace).

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Uzès

Uzès Map - Tourist Attractions
Uzes Map - Attractions (Historical)

7. Aigues-Mortes

Aigues-Mortes
Aigues-Mortes

Remarkable for its perfectly preserved medieval fortifications, Aigues-Mortes is surrounded by a landscape of wetlands and salt marshes. The town is a 45-minute drive from Arles, and its historical value merits the journey.

King Louis IX (Saint Louis) developed the town in the 1240s for the purposes of commerce and to embark on a Crusade from the nearby port. The ramparts took more than 30 years to build; they form a rectangle, which still completely surrounds the town. The ring of walls has 15 towers and 10 entry gates.

The best way to discover Aigues-Mortes is by walking around the walls beginning at the Porte de la Gardette. It's also worthwhile to take a stroll through the narrow streets of the old town to soak up the medieval ambience.

About two kilometers outside of the fortified town is the Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, where sea salt is harvested in an artisanal manner. The site has a museum that allows visitors to learn about the region's heritage of sea salt production which dates back to the ancient Roman era.

Less than 10 kilometers away from Aigues-Mortes is Le-Grau-du-Roi, an old fishing village that is now a modern seaside resort. Continue four kilometers farther south to the popular holiday resort of Port Camargue, with its wide sandy beaches and pretty vacation homes.

Another favorite resort town by the sea is Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer located about 30 kilometers from Aigues-Mortes within the Parc Ornithologique du Pont de Gau, a fantastic place for bird-watching, with over 300 species of birds.

The ornithology park is located within the Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue, a UNESCO-listed Biosphere Reserve that encompasses unspoiled marshlands, beaches, and sand dunes. The Camargue region is famous for its pink flamingos and the Camargue bulls that appear at traditional bullfighting events.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Aigues-Mortes

8. Saint-Gilles du Gard

Saint-Gilles du Gard
Saint-Gilles du Gard

Saint-Gilles du Gard is surrounded by a lush pastoral landscape, about 20 kilometers from Arles. This historic port town makes it onto the tourist map because of its UNESCO-listed abbey church that dates to the 12th and 13th centuries.

The Abbatiale de Saint Gilles is one of the most exquisite Romanesque buildings in Southern France and was a stop on the Chemin de Saint Jacques medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The richly decorated facade features the first detailed representation of the Passion in Western sculpture.

A short walk from the church is the 12th-century Maison Romane (Romanesque House), which houses a museum of natural history, archeology, and ethnography (focused on the regional culture). The second-floor windows overlook the rooftops of Saint-Gilles and the outlying countryside.

Saint-Gilles du Gard is a convenient base to explore the nearby Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue (just 14 kilometers away). It's also an easy drive to Arles (less than 20 kilometers away).

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Saint-Gilles du Gard

9. Béziers

Béziers
Béziers

During ancient times, Béziers was a busy Roman military colony. The town enjoys a dignified position on a hillside overlooking the Canal du Midi. Béziers has two interesting historic churches: the Eglise Sainte-Madeleine (Eglise de la Madeleine), originally Romanesque but later altered in Gothic and then Baroque style, and the 12th- to 14th-century Basilique Saint-Aphrodise, which contains a 3rd-century sarcophagus.

In the center of the old town is the 18th-century Hôtel de Ville (town hall). Standing on higher ground a few minutes' walk away is the Cathédrale Saint-Nazaire et Saint-Celse, a rare fortified church of the 12th to 14th centuries, with massive towers and a large rose window on the west front.

Continuing north to the Rue du Capus is the Musée des Beaux-Arts housed in the Hôtel Fayet, a historic mansion that dates to the medieval era but was reconstructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. This superb museum of fine arts is renowned for its extensive collection of 19th-century paintings, including works by Corot, Delacroix, and Géricault.

At the south end of town just outside the medieval walls, the Eglise Saint-Jacques dates in part from the 12th century. Nearby are the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater (on the Rue des Anciennes Arènes).

Further afield, four kilometers west of town, the Oppidum d'Ensérune archaeological site reveals the remains of an Ibero-Greek settlement of the 4th and 3rd centuries BC.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Béziers

10. Villefranche-de-Conflent

Villefranche-de-Conflent
Villefranche-de-Conflent | Ben / photo modified

At the junction of the Cady and Têt rivers, the historic village of Villefranche-de-Conflent is listed as one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (Most Beautiful Villages of France). The medieval fortified town was once an important stop on the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Above the town is a massive UNESCO-listed citadel with fortifications rebuilt by Vauban in the 17th century. Within the ramparts are atmospheric narrow lanes; elegant 15th-, 16th-, and 17th-century houses; artisan boutiques and other inviting shops.

Another highlight of the village is the Eglise Saint-Jacques, built between the 12th and 13th centuries. The church features an exquisite sanctuary with noteworthy paintings of Saint Pierre and Saint Antoine.

Villefranche-de-Conflent lies 50 kilometers west of Perpignan in the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes (Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees Mountains). The town is a good base for visiting the high-mountain Cerdagne Valley with its varied scenery.

South of Villefranche-de-Conflent is the village of Corneilla-de-Conflent at the foot of Le Canigou mountain. The tiny village has an ancient church, the Eglise Notre-Dame de Corneilla, which dates back to the early 11th century and was later incorporated into a monastery. The church's doorway features a finely carved tympanum, and the interior is richly decorated.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Villefranche-de-Conflent

11. Sète

Sète
Sète

At the foot of Mont Saint-Clair, the atmospheric town of Sète is traversed by many canals. After Narbonne and Aigues-Mortes were cut off from the sea by the accumulation of sand, Sète became the principal port for trade with North Africa. It is now an important fishing and commercial port.

The Vieux Port (Old Port) dates from the time of Louis XIV. From the Môle St-Louis, there are gorgeous views of the town and Mont Saint-Clair.

The renowned Jazz à Sète event takes place every year in July. The high-caliber festival features a varied program of performances, including swing, blues, and contemporary jazz.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Sète

12. Céret

Ancient bridge in Céret
Ancient bridge in Céret

Céret is a lovely artists' town about 32 kilometers southwest of Perpignan in a delightful countryside setting. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Catalan sculptor Manolo and the composer Déodat de Sévérac inspired many celebrated artists to come to Céret, turning the town into an artists' colony.

The Musée d'Art Moderne now possesses many works of modern art including pieces by Matisse, Chagall, Maillol, Dalí, Miró, and Picasso. The museum's war memorial was designed by Maillol.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Céret

13. Amélie les Bains

Amélie les Bains
Amélie les Bains

Nestled in the idyllic Tech Valley (12 kilometers from Ceret), the spa town of Amélie les Bains was named after Louis-Philippe's wife. The mineral waters from the natural springs have been praised for their health value since Roman times. The remains of ancient Roman baths can be seen in the modern spa establishment.

The town also has a historic church that dates back to the 10th century. A big tourist draw of Amélie-les-Bains is the lively International Folklore Festival (Festival Folklorique International). This annual week-long festival in August showcases folkloric dance and music from around the world.

Amélie les Bains is also an ideal staring point for a trip into the Mondony Valley, about eight kilometers southeast, which has a hiking route at Roc de France near Montalba at 1,450 meters. This advanced climb takes about three hours and offers rewarding views.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Amélie les Bains

14. Arles-sur-Tech

Convent cloister, Arles-sur-Tech
Convent cloister, Arles-sur-Tech

The Puig de l'Estelle mountain peak provides a picturesque backdrop for the little town of Arles-sur-Tech. The town is nestled in a lovely natural environment, three kilometers southwest of Amélie-les-Bains.

The town grew up around a Carolingian abbey, the Abbaye Sainte-Marie, that was founded in the 8th century. The abbey's Romanesque church is well preserved and contains ancient sarcophagi, one of which dates from the 4th century. The church's 13th-century Early Gothic cloister is magnificent. (To find the cloister, enter from the north aisle of the church.)

Near the abbey is the town's parish church, the Eglise Saint-Sauveur, with a majestic tower and an ornate interior. The church is only open for music concerts and certain religious ceremonies.

15. Saint Martin-du-Canigou

Abbaye Saint Martin-du-Canigou
Abbaye Saint Martin-du-Canigou

Soaring to 2,785 meters, Le Canigou is one of the highest peaks in the Eastern Pyrénées, commanding extensive views over the landscape. This mountain is seen in the background of Saint Martin-du-Canigou, a small village eight kilometers from Villefranche-de-Conflent. Visitors will be delighted by the town's sublime scenery and its historic abbey.

Standing on a precipice overlooking the Vallée du Cady, the Abbaye Saint-Martin-du-Canigou offers a soul-inspiring setting for prayer and meditation. The 11th-century Romanesque abbey is home to the Communauté des Beatitudes evangelical community. Pilgrims and tourists may visit the abbey on guided tours. It is also possible to attend Mass or to participate in a spiritual retreat.

Nearby is the little village of Casteil, perched on a crag at an altitude of 1,094 meters. A top tourist attraction is the Parc Animalier de Casteil, a zoo with spacious enclosures that allow the animals to roam free.

16. Cap d'Agde

Cap d'Agde
Cap d'Agde | Pepe Martin (Mrio Jos... / photo modified

This popular beach resort, less than 30 kilometers away from Béziers, is well designed to welcome visitors during the vacation season. There are many modern seaside hotels, and the sandy beaches have excellent public facilities.

Four kilometers from the coast is Vieux Agde, a pleasant riverside town with narrow cobblestone streets and interesting historic landmarks. The Cathédrale Saint-Etienne is an unusual Romanesque cathedral constructed from black volcanic stone. It was originally built in the Carolingian era (9th century) and fortified with defensive walls and a donjon in the 12th century.

In a Renaissance hôtel particulier (mansion) at the center of Vieux Agde, the Musée Agathois Jules Baudou displays an excellent collection of paintings, including folk art and religious art. This top-notch museum (labeled "Musée de France") also exhibits Art Nouveau furniture; traditional local costumes and home decor; and items recovered by underwater archaeology.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Cap d'Agde

17. Prades

Prades
Prades | Jean-Pierre Dalbra / photo modified

The picturesque village of Prades stands at the foot of Le Canigou mountain in the Têt Valley. About 44 kilometers from Perpignan, Prades is part of the Parc Naturel Régional des Pyrénées Catalanes (Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees Mountains) and is culturally tied with the neighboring Catalonia region of Spain.

The town boasts an interesting Gothic church, the Eglise Saint-Pierre, which mainly dates to the 17th century. The church was built on the site of a 12th-century Romanesque church, but only the bell tower remains. Noteworthy works created by Catalonian artists include the Baroque altar by Joseph Sunyer and the mural paintings by Léo Polge.

The famous cellist Pablo Casals (1876-1973) lived in exile in Prades. As a tribute to Casals, the town hosts an annual chamber music festival, the Festival Pablo Casals. Held in July and August, the festival presents classical chamber music such as pieces by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Debussy, as well as some contemporary pieces.

Many of the Pablo Casals Festival concerts are held in the nearby community of Codalet (eight kilometers away from Prades) at the Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuxà, a beautiful early-Romanesque church with a 10th-century nave and a striking 11th-century bell tower. The sanctuary provides exceptional acoustics.

18. Cerbère

Cerbère
Cerbère

This laid-back seaside village lies near France's border with Spain. Cerbère is only six kilometers away from the Catalan town of Portbou and shares some of the traditions of Catalonia. The main tourist attraction of Cerbère is its small protected beach.

Vacationers will also enjoy the pleasant town square and scenic waterfront lined with cafés and restaurants. To take in the beauty of the landscape, travel southwest of town to the Cap Cerbère, a rugged promontory with exceptional views of the Spanish coastline.

Cerbère is easily accessible by train. From Perpignan, the train ride only takes 37 minutes. It's also possible to take a train from Cerbère to Barcelona in Spain, which takes less than three hours.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Cerbère

Where to Stay in the Languedoc for Sightseeing

Several destinations on this list are good bases for exploring the Languedoc. Beziers is in the center of the region. At the eastern end are the cities of Montpellier and Nimes, and on the southern end, close to the beaches of Cap d'Agde and Port-Camargue, is Perpignan. Farther north are Narbonne and the walled fortress town of Carcassonne. Here are some highly rated hotels in beautiful towns of the region:

  • Luxury Hotels: Inside Carcassonne's ramparts (La Cité) next to the Basilique Saint-Nazaire, the five-star Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne-MGallery has an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, an upscale spa, and a Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant. Some of the rooms look out onto Carcassonne's ramparts or the quaint medieval streets.

    Near the historic center of Montpellier, the Pullman Montpellier Centre Hotel is an easy walk to the Musée Fabre and the Place de la Comédie. This four-star hotel features modern guest rooms and an outdoor rooftop terrace with a swimming pool and gourmet Mediterranean restaurant.

    Within La Cité de Carcassonne, the four-star Best Western Hotel Le Donjon is housed in three different buildings near the Château Comtal and the Basilique Saint-Nazaire. Amenities include a concierge, restaurant, and garden.
  • Mid-Range Hotels: In an elegant mansion located at the center of Beziers, the four-star L'Hôtel Particulier Beziers features chic contemporary-style guest rooms and a lush garden with a swimming pool.

    The Hôtel de l'Amphithéatre is well-situated in the historic center of Nîmes, just 50 meters from the Arènes (Roman amphitheater). This charming three-star boutique hotel occupies two renovated hôtels particuliers (mansions) that date to the 17th and 18th centuries.

    The three-star Hôtel la Résidence is found on a quiet street, a block from the cathedral in the center of Narbonne, close to the walking paths alongside the Canal de la Robine. Occupying a 19th-century mansion, the hotel is adorned in traditional style, with touches of contemporary flair.
  • Budget Hotels: The three-star boutique Nyx Hôtel offers stylish and comfortable rooms at an affordable price. From the hotel, it's about a 15-minute walk to Le Castillet and slightly farther to the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

    Located near the Nîmes train station, the Ibis Budget Nîmes Centre Gare is a short walk to the Arènes de Nîmes and other tourist attractions in the historic center. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk and paid parking.

    The Hôtel des Poètes offers simple accommodations near the historic center of Beziers and a short uphill walk from the rail station. Found on a quiet tree-lined street, this quaint two-star hotel overlooks a park with a small lake.

Tips and Tours: How to Make the Most of Your Visit to the Languedoc-Roussillon Region

The Languedoc-Roussillon region may not be as well known as the neighboring region of Provence, but it has a similar sun-drenched landscape and wealth of cultural attractions. To get the most out of your visit to the region's historic towns, we recommend taking guided tours. Below are popular tours of Carcassonne and Montpellier led by knowledgeable guides:

  • Carcassonne Walking Tour: The Private Guided Tour of Carcassonne reveals the splendors of the ancient walled city on a two-hour excursion. You will take a walk along the ramparts and through the narrow cobblestone streets; visit the Château Comtal; and admire the Saint-Nazaire Basilica, with its glorious 13th-century stained-glass windows.
  • Montpellier Segway Tour: Many tourists enjoy seeing the sights of Montpellier by cruising around on a two-wheel Segway. The two-hour Segway Tour of Montpellier allows visitors to breeze through the city and stop at top attractions such as the Promenade du Peyrou, Musée Fabre, and the Place de la Comédie.

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imageVisiting the South of France: An interesting vacation itinerary combines the top sights of the Languedoc with attractions in the western portion of the Provence region. From Nîmes, it's only a 30-minute drive or train ride to Avignon, renowned for its 14th-century papal palace, and only slightly farther (a 40-minute drive or one-hour train ride) to Arles, where Vincent van Gogh painted his famous scenes of the town's outdoor cafés.

imageCountry Charm of Provence: To experience the bucolic landscape of Provence, drive west from Nîmes to Les Baux-de-Provence or head north to the rolling hills of the Haut-Vaucluse, an area dotted with ancient Roman archaeological sites and medieval hilltop towns. A particularly scenic corner of the Haut-Vaucluse, the Luberon delights visitors with picturesque villages tucked away in the quiet countryside.

imageSeaside Splendor and Beautiful Beaches: For those seeking an authentic taste of Provence, the port town of Marseilles (about a two-hour drive away from Montpellier) dazzles, with its bustling harbor and vibrant cosmopolitan culture. Continuing to drive east (about two hours from Marseilles) is the glamorous seaside resort of Saint-Tropez, famous for its sandy beaches, fancy restaurants, and charming village ambience.

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