The Languedoc Region
Languedoc-Roussillon, popularly known as the Languedoc, is the central region of the south of France. It includes the western Mediterranean coast of France, stretching from the Rhone valley in the east, to the Spanish border in the south west, and comprises five departments: four of these are Mediterranean coastal departments. They are the Gard, the Hérault, the Aude and the Eastern Pyrenees or Pyrénées orientales.
The fifth department is rather different, being the upland department of Lozère, which forms the southern bastion of the Massif Central.
Attractions Covering More Than One Department
Le Canal du Midi – world’s oldest commercial canal, built in 17th century. From Agde to Carcassonne, – and beyond to the Atlantic. Canal with shaded cycleway and footpath. UNESCO world heritage site.
Pays de L’Haut Vallee de L’Aude – The “Haute-Vallée de l’Aude” follows the path of the river Aude which gave its name to our department. It offers a mixed panorama of landscapes and climates.
The Coast – plenty of beaches, marinas and small ports. Miles of sandy beaches, crowded in parts at times, but also including long expanses of fairly empty sand.
Ax-les Thermes – A winter wonderland for snow sports and gorgeous in summer for walks and magnificent views.